Technology Infrastructure

"Warriors and Spirits", George Flett(spoken)
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Technology Infrastructure

Overview

Rose CDC has several ongoing, continuous research programs. Some are area intensive and revolve around geographic visits to various reservation locations and the study and continuous quality improvement of ongoing Native American Enterprises, while others involve the development of new enterprises. Finally, the Cyber-Rez program of Rose CDC itself represents a new research paradigm and a new kind of continuous research initiative for Indian Country.

The Continuous Quality Improvement Program

One way in which Rose CDC conducts ongoing research is in the evaluation, advising and implementation of existing programs in Indian Country. In particular, Rose CDC possesses the unique distinguishing feature that we use the quality control and educational methods developed by Japan, Korea and other rapid industrializers East Asia. In this regard, we draw heavily on rational choice theory, neo-institutionalism, and perhaps most importantly on the work of Masahiko Aoki, Hyung-ki Kim and Masahiro Okuno-Fujiwara in the field of comparative institutional analysis. We have also advantaged ourselves of the results of the Harvard Project on Indian Economic Development to explore the role of institutions, sovereignty and culture on Indian economic development and have used many of these modern research findings to inform our economic development program.

Economic Development Program

However, unlike traditional economic development programs, we are not solely or even mainly focused on micro-enterprises and cooperatives. Rather, we have developed a business model which differs from traditional models in three critical ways. First, the Rose model is investment driven rather than grant or philanthropically driven. Through the use of the blended value proposition and other emerging financial management techniques, we seek a blend of return on investment and social responsibility. Second, our model draws upon social capital and socially responsible investment in a structured fashion. The new model which we have developed following the insights of comparative institutional analysis turns to these investment sources for patient capital. The use of this capital is for the targeted creation and acceleration of sustainable economic activity across the entire range of enterprise scale. In targeting, developing and accelerating enterprise growth, the Corporation uses a business model rather than a social theory model and builds its businesses upon scientific principles of modern strategic management. Third, we exploit "economies of agglomeration" by using scientific insights from chaos and complexity theory as well as non-equilibrium economics to structure mutually reinforcing value clusters across various levels and scales of investment. Our economic advisors are published authorities on using complex adaptive systems research to enable economic development (see Appendix).

The Cyber-Rez Program

The Cyber-Rez program is a multidimensional program which combines new growth theory, complex adaptive systems research, and Information Technology (IT) intensive computational modeling to provide two kinds of economic development products. On the one hand, our IT modeling research forms an integral part of the continuous assessment and evaluation of Indian Country economic development programs through the use of IT intensive simulation tools, including tools which address the issues of technology and technological succession.

A second application of the Cyber-Rez is to provide cross-community linkages and informational linkages throughout Indian Country in order to increase enterprise value, socially responsible investment value, and communication across traditional physical tribal boundaries. This effort is IT intensive and depends upon Rose CDC's highly qualified and specially trained IT staff. The long-term focus of the Cyber-Rez project, aided by our on-site and headquarters research is the creation and continuous development of an information infrastructure among and between Native Americans for the creation, retention and transference of wealth, knowledge, technology and innovation. The Cyber-Rez is the first IT, information and research intensive program of its kind to be applied to community-wide Native American enterprise.