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What are "institutional inertia" and "business-as-usual"? The report was written by Robert “Blowtorch” Komer, a career CIA officer whom I would come to know and who had run the civilian-led pacification and development programs in Vietnam. Komer’s report, titled “Bureaucracy Does Its Thing,” concluded that institutional inertia and a business-as-usual attitude afflicted the diplomatic and defense institutions of the U.S. government.
Feb 11, 2014 2:18 AM
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"institutional inertia" inertia is the physical property that causes bodies to either stay at rest or continue moving in a straight line until acted on by another force. So an institution (large government or corporate body) continues to do the same thing, unable or unwilling to change its methods or actions. "business-as-usual" means the same thing. They continue doing what they have always done and don't change easily or even react in any significant way to the changes occurring around them.
February 11, 2014
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