The Problem with Management Pragmatism

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A. Achour
Analyst, Germany

The Problem with Management Pragmatism

Managers often hide behind the magic word "pragmatism" to justify their wrong quick-fix approach in handling issues.
Throughout my career to today, I find management hardly ever allocate enough time to implement a really good working solution but rather foolishly they opt for quick solutions and following that are happy to spend 10 times the effort fixing various problems triggered by the quick and dirty solution.
Why do they refuse to invest enough time to get it right first time?
I understand if a problem needs to be fixed here and now because there are penalties attached or other good reasons, but routinely fire-fighting daily problems because there are not enough resources to analyse root causes and come up with a workable solution, doesn't make sense to me as the cost are much higher.
If they have enough time, resources and money to fix new problems generated by quick and dirty solutions, why don't they invest a fraction of that right from the start?

  Bill Wilson
Analyst, Canada
 

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