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On 12/10/2005 8:49 PM Mark & Juanita mumbled something about the following:

Well, considering Kawasaki is one HUGE conglomerate that makes airplanes, heavy construction equipment, light rail, motorcycles, electronics, etc., it wouldn't surprise me that they have several categories of stuff that I've never heard of. Same thing for Daewoo. Until I worked for Daewoo Heavy Industries, all I knew about them was electronics, didn't realize they made heavy construction equip, or cars, or a host of other things.
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Odinn wrote:
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Saw a TLC or Discovery show about one of the Korean (IIRC) conglomerates that is so vertically integrated they build everything from the mining equipment to the ships that transport the finished product to market and everything in between, most of which is on the same massive waterfront complex.
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On 12/18/2005 10:11 AM KaiS. mumbled something about the following:

Daewoo was the largest Korean conglomerate until the Korean govt forced them to break up about 5 years ago. They sold their electronics division to Emerson, bankrupted their auto division, and split the rest into about 5 other companies. I didn't follow it too much after I left Daewoo (I was a software developer/admin for their Heavy Industries Americas division). From what I understood at that time, the Korean govt was trying to break up all the conglomerates, or at least break them into smaller parts. Kia and Hyundai are 2 divisions of the same Korean company, and that happened after all this, so I don't know what happened over there.
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Ironic thing about that is that here in the US, the Havard Business School MBA model is counseling businesses to "focus on their core competencies" and divest themselves of everything else. Thus, many of us who worked for diversified companies found our divisions sold off to other companies who were concentrating on that particular business as a "core competency".
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What sucks about that is that, from time to time, that one specialized field will be in low demand. Being diversified means far steadier income.
about that is that here in the US, the Havard Business

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Yep. I'm sure that in about 5 to 10 years, if not sooner, the Harvard MBA model will be to counsel businesses to "diversify and invest in businesses that are counter-cyclical to the current core business" in order to maintain a steady revenue stream, or to provide a "flywheel" effect to maintain the core business during cyclical downturns. Then, in about 15 years, a bunch of us will be working for larger, diversified companies with multiple business areas, same as the way we started out. ... and hopefully that will carry me through to retirement and building furniture from my shop for a small clientele before the next "focus on core competencies" model gets evangelized again.
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If anyone finds a 'core competency' among MBAs, be sure to let us know.
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On Mon, 19 Dec 2005 01:59:12 GMT, Lobby Dosser

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That's easy -- consulting for companies dispensing advice from the latest Harvard Business Review. After all, consultants are experts, so their advice carries much more weight than the folks in the trenches, who, after all might be biased. ;-)
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I bought one of the 4-piece specials from Pep Boys and wasn't very impressed with the quality. The drill/driver and the flashlight are OK. The jig-saw is of a "toy" quality. The circular saw seemed alright, but gave me only a half dozen cuts through 2x4s before it just wouldn't power through them. I would say it's OK for very light hobby work, but don't rely on them to get through a real job.
Can anyone recommend a battery powered circular saw that they really like?
Scott
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I have the smaller DeWalt 18v trimsaw, and it's pretty good. It lasts a lot longer than you'd expect. I haven't tried the bigger 18v circular saw.
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Thanks Mike. I didn't know Dewalt had two different sizes of battery powered saws. I'll check them out.
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