What should have Google done in this situation? That is a hard question. One the one hand they have a duty to the shareholders to maximize their return and that means growing the business. Had they decided to not enter the Chinese market that could have been seen as a bad business move. One the other hand Google has made a lot of hay on their corporate image of being the good guy. By agreeing to comply with China’s demands for censorship they have crossed that line to being a not-so-good guy and directly violated one of their corporate values in the eyes of many observers, this one included.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Strapping on the Waterskis?
This week's Speak Like A Geek article is about Google and China. Encapsulating the problem:
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