Travails of Patricia Russo

30 November 2006 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

As a certified Francophile I can make fun of the French without getting in trouble. So I enjoyed a segment on NPR this morning (can’t find it online, unfortunately) about Alcatel CEO Patricia Russo, the only American to head a major French company. Russo, as you may have heard, has caused a stir by refusing to learn French. The NPR segment featured a Russo impersonator being tutored in French culture. Sample:

Tutor: Let us try some word association. When I say “Jerry Lewis,” you say. . . .
Russo: Idiot.
Tutor: Mais non! In France, we say, “genius.” Now, when I say “McDonald’s,” you say. . . .
Russo: French fries.
Tutor: Non! You say, “Hellhole”! Now, “Iraq.”
Russo: Quagmire.
Tutor: Bon! We agree on something!

Entry filed under: - Klein -, Ephemera.

Management by the Numbers Gourlay on Tacit Knowledge

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Nicolai J. Foss | home | posts
Peter G. Klein | home | posts
Richard Langlois | home | posts
Lasse B. Lien | home | posts


Former Guests | posts


Recent Posts



Our Recent Books

Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment: A New Approach to the Firm (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Peter G. Klein and Micheal E. Sykuta, eds., The Elgar Companion to Transaction Cost Economics (Edward Elgar, 2010).
Peter G. Klein, The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur: Essays on Organizations and Markets (Mises Institute, 2010).
Richard N. Langlois, The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism: Schumpeter, Chandler, and the New Economy (Routledge, 2007).
Nicolai J. Foss, Strategy, Economic Organization, and the Knowledge Economy: The Coordination of Firms and Resources (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Raghu Garud, Arun Kumaraswamy, and Richard N. Langlois, eds., Managing in the Modular Age: Architectures, Networks and Organizations (Blackwell, 2003).
Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, eds., Entrepreneurship and the Firm: Austrian Perspectives on Economic Organization (Elgar, 2002).
Nicolai J. Foss and Volker Mahnke, eds., Competence, Governance, and Entrepreneurship: Advances in Economic Strategy Research (Oxford, 2000).
Nicolai J. Foss and Paul L. Robertson, eds., Resources, Technology, and Strategy: Explorations in the Resource-based Perspective (Routledge, 2000).

%d bloggers like this: