IP protection on the factory floor
Manufacturing facilities are at the front line of IP protection and must be accounted for in any comprehensive trade secrets policy. Instilling an understanding of intellectual property here is particularly important in developing economies
“The beatings will continue until the morale improves!” is a favourite saying of mine. Behind the juxtapositional humour is an important lesson, which anyone versed in organisational behaviour will find axiomatic. This is that employees become engaged and embrace company goals, procedures and programmes when they are informed, understand the rationale and are then consulted for ideas which support such efforts, rather than when such approaches are implemented by way of fiat (ie, through the power of the superior-subordinate relationship).
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