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Albrecht’s Law, widely quoted in management literature, harshly states that "intelligent people, when assembled into an organisation, will tend towards collective stupidity". Observing the latest fallout after many years between Business Unity SA (Busa) and the Black Business Council (BBC) over participation in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) suggests peak organisations representing business in SA are in danger of becoming a dramatic illustration of Albrecht’s Law. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has been hit by a spate of resignations related to claims of poor governance. Serious institutional, political, capacity and operational challenges emerge from a review of the fragmented organised business landscape. Can Humpty Dumpty be put back together again? Or have politics created an irretrievable situation? As Karl Albrecht, an executive management consultant, observed, collective incapacity is not a necessary or inevitable par...

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