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Tiers of Enterprise

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Tiers of Enterprise is an internal OSE classification for enterprises. This assessment of Enterprise Tiers is based on the tendency of the enterprise to distribute vs. concentrate power.

Tier A[edit]

  • Tier A: The Big Enterprise. The super-concentrator business-as-usual enterprise. Refers to extreme-performing generators and concentrators of wealth, such as typical outcomes of leading accelerators like Y Combinator. A good example of a Tier A enterprise is Apple or Google. Such enterprises are:
  • Closed source at most or all levels, as far as Open Design of their products is concerned in the broad sense
  • Focus on market monopolization as one of their key competitiveness strategies
  • Lead to extreme concentration of wealth, and as a result tend to buy innovation more than to develop innovation
  • Tend to violate human rights of factory workers, and of privacy and choice through the use of their products
  • IP protection is critical to their success. Favor patent protectionism, trade secrets, secrecy, etc in their culture and operations
  • Profit motive drives decision-making
  • Little regard for natural capital
  • 50% waste within processes can be achieved by continuous quality improvement
  • Does not contribute fundamentally to Regenerative Development

Tier B[edit]

  • Tier B: The Medium Enterprise. The non-distributors. Business-as-usual enterprise with capital-concentrative tendencies, similar to Tier A but at the 100+ million rather than billion dollar scale budgets.

Tier C[edit]

  • Tier C: The social enterprise. Typically formed to serve humanity.
  • May or may not be open source (see Open Design)
  • Focus on serving people as one of their key competitiveness strategies
  • Do not tend to extreme concentration of wealth, as social benefit pre-empts such drive
  • Tend to protect human rights
  • IP protection is not critical to success
  • Social benefit drives decision-making
  • Natural capital is considered
  • 50% waste within processes can be achieved by continuous quality improvement
  • May contribute to Regenerative Development

Tier D[edit]

  • Is open source, OSHWA and FSF/OSI compliant
  • Focuses competitiveness strategy on open, collaborative development
  • Tends towards absolute distribution of wealth
  • Tends to improve human rights of self-determination
  • IP protection is antithetical to its operations and goals
  • Skill building and distribution of economic power drives decision-making
  • Natural capital is fundamentally regenerated
  • Aims for zero waste within processes by continuous quality improvement
  • Is founded on drive for Regenerative Development of ecosystems and humans