The following african punctuality news story is amusing, yet poses some interesting questions:
Whilst the ghanaian taxi who waits for maximum passenger before departure is in fact minimising environmental impact, is the time lost by waiting, more expensive than the (potential) revenue that could be gained by multiple single occupant travelling journeys within the same equivalent time frame?
The comment by the prize winner about respect, is intriguing; why are we collectively so disrespectful to those with whom we seek to make appointments?
Has anyone made an estimate of the economic cost to ghana of lack of punctuality?
I think you should beware of measuring everything by purely economic measures. The push to improve our way of life should be driven by internal considerations rather than envy of what others have.
You haven't read in full, have you?
The news article was about the economic impact of punctuality, hence the posting in that forum section and the invitation to debate on that aspect consequently.
I'm proposing discussion of two factors: the economic impact and to a lesser extent the prize-winner's opinion about respect, in relation to this topic.
How you equate a question of punctuality with envy (of what, punctuality? Respect? Are you serious???) is, frankly, ludicrous.
:) I did read the whole thing np. I just think it's another example of various attempts at "modernization" by us which invariably ends up being an exhortation of social mores we don't necessarily have to appreciate to live a better life.
I'd probably put this discussion under "culture". The "envy" is of the so-called economic impact of punctuality.
Day in, day out many people are quite effective in getting things done without everyone they work with being punctual. Somehow (and I'm learning this too), you can tell when a meeting's going to start, whether it will come on, or not. My take is that we should work with the system and squeeze efficiency out of it rather than trying to change the system in the hopes that it will bring efficiency. Both try to change something nonetheless: I tend to believe the former is more durable in the long run (i.e. if you fail at changing the system in the hopes at bringing efficiency you have failed twice: changing the system and not achieving efficiency). I suppose it's all a matter of approach...
i don't think it's necessary the lack of punctuality but rather the lack of contingency planning. no where in the world that anyone can claim to be on time all the time and if the success of your project depends on people being on time, you should plan for it. risk analysis is part of any successful project and so if you correctly plan for what might happen, punctual or not, you'll still succeed.