What is the Right Size? LO17949

Simon Buckingham (go57@dial.pipex.com)
Sat, 02 May 1998 09:18:37 -0700

For me, size is not a useful criteria for evaluating companies in the 21st
century. There is no such thing as a small business because all
individuals have access to and seek recourse in support systems such as
their network, customers, friends, family, suppliers and partners. Small
businesses are made up of collections of individuals- often self-employed-
who work together for mutual gain. For example, a kitchen studio company
may only formally employ two people- a sales manager and accountant, but
when you take into account the people who work closely with them-
plumbers, fitters, builders, tilers, electricians, decorators and so on,
in fact you see that the "small" business is more powerful and capable
than it at first appears.

Company size does not matter much, other things such as responsiveness and
reliability are more important. As such, large companies may be in the
best position to meet customer requirements, or small companies, depending
on what it is and how much customers are willing to spend and when they
need the job done by. Large or small is not the most important selection
criteria- there are flaws such as dependence and force with large
organizations and disadvantages such as resource constraints with many
small businesses. It is however easier to overcome the challenges of
growing a small business in the unorganized world than it is to make a
large company work.

Excellent companies are just a collection of the required number of people
with the required skills to closely meet the requirements of the company's
customers. Size really does not matter!

regards sincerely simon buckingham, unorganization: business not
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