What is an Operational Definition? LO27149

From: Dressler, Winfried (Winfried.Dressler@Voith.com)
Date: 08/20/01

Replying to LO27054 --

>> how would you assign 'operational meaning' to concepts which do not
>> demand
>> repeatablilty?


>Although I am not very sure the meanings of 'repeatability' , 'ordinary/
>learning organizations' and 'unique/authentic ' in your post...

Dear Hanching and all,

answering with a little story I heard a while ago:

A beautiful and skillfully crafted chair was bought by a first world sales
person on a small but busy oriental basar for the good price of 50 $.
After living with the chair for a while he decided that he could sell some
100 chairs easily at home. So he visisted the craftsman and told him that
he would like to buy one hundred chairs of the type he bought recently and
asked for the price each. What a big order! The craftsman looked worried a
thought a while. Then he came back with the quote: 100 $. Although the
salesman knew that he could sell the chairs easily for twice as much he
kept professional and put a shoked face on: "That is impossible. One chair
costed 50 $. 100 identical chairs must come much cheaper each! Think of
the lower cost you will have for material and the less time you will need
by the time to craft one of them!". The craftsman answered: "And who will
pay me for the boredom I will have?"

I am wondering whether learning organizations and massproduction can go
together. But I think this question has already been asked many milenia
ago, when man started to scratch the holy face of mother earth, when
starting with farming and agriculture. One important answer to this
"sustainability challenge" (as we may say today; may be: to avoid the
revenge of mother earth at that time?) was to respect the sabbath, to give

(Just coming back from holidays and still full of the knowledge on the
importance of resting in our race for productivity :-)

Liebe Gruesse,


"Dressler, Winfried" <Winfried.Dressler@Voith.com>

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