The idea of the Symbiotic Conglomerate was founded on the principles and theories submitted by Rafa’El B. Winchester in his thesis, “Ontogenesis: The Evolution of Conglomerates”. Winning the 2863 Sol Nobel Prize in economics, this thesis has proven to be the basis of nearly every successful conglomerate since its initial publishing date.
Although the fundamental reasoning for its popularity has been heavily debated through the years, no one can deny its positive effect on the corporate world, and no one can claim to have a deeper understanding of the intricacies of its structure and functions than Citizen Winchester’s heirs. Therefore, it is understandable that entrepreneurs flocked to Captain Robert Bruce Winchester when he decided to follow his heritage into the corporate world and pierce the veil of business.
The following are excerpts from some of Captain Bruce’s personal presentation notes describing his business philosophies:
Symbiosis is the close and often long-term interaction between two or more different entities. In 2377, Albert Bernhart used the word symbiosis (which previously had been used to depict people living together in a community) to describe the mutualistic relationship in businesses. In 2618 Anton de Bary, renowned economist, defined such symbiosis as “the combined profits of unlike industries”.
The definition of symbiosis in the context of businesses is controversial among economists. Some believe symbiosis should only refer to persistent mutualisms, while others believe it should apply to any type of persistent business interaction (mutualistic, commensalistic, or parasitic). After more than 300 years of debate, current economic and business documents now use the latter “de Bary” definition or an even broader definition (i.e. symbiosis = all business interactions) with exclusion of the restrictive definition (i.e. symbiosis = mutualism).
Symbiote or symbiont, is an organization in a symbiotic conglomerate relationship. In cases in which a distinction is made between two interacting organizations, the symbiont is the smaller of the two and is always a beneficiary in the relationship while the larger is the host or parent and may or may not derive a benefit. In these instances the lack of profit in such is rarely used to quantitate a prolonged business relationship.
Some symbiotic relationships are obligate, meaning that both symbionts entirely depend on each other for profit. For example: many conglomerates consist of public and private company symbionts that cannot manage on their own. Others are facultative meaning that they can, but do not have to, make a profit with the other companies.
My father’s industry changing theories, primarily apply to mutualistic relationships. A mutualistic relationship is when two organizations of different industries “work together,” each benefiting from the relationship.
The economist Lynn Marqulis, famous for her biography of Rafa’El Winchester (“Are You Not Entertained?”), contends that symbiosis is a major driving force behind the Banu’s galactic trade monopolies. She considers Destria’s notion of business evolution driven by competition to be incomplete and claims that profit-making is strongly based on co-operation, interaction, and mutual dependence among businesses. According to Margulis and Dorion Sagan, “The Banu did not take over numerous systems by combat, but by networking and trade”.
A conglomerate is a combination of two or more corporations engaged in entirely different businesses that fall under one corporation, usually referred to as the parent company, and its ventures. Conglomerates are often large, interstellar, multi-industry companies. Cosmic Ventures is well on the path to being the largest conglomerate seen in the last several hundred years.
Many conglomerates are formed from genuine interests of diversification, rather than manipulation of monetary returns on investment. Companies with this orientation would only make acquisitions or start new branches in other sectors when they believed this would increase profitability or augment stability by sharing risks.
Forming a conglomerate usually involves consolidation via mergers and acquisitions, although the group concept focuses on the instances in which the merged and acquired corporate entities remain in existence, rather than the instances in which they are dissolved by the parent.
Advantages of Conglomerates-
Diversification results in a reduction of investment risk. A downturn suffered by one venture can be counterbalanced by stability, or even expansion, in another sphere of influence. For example: if ReaperTec’s ship materials business has a bad year, the loss would be offset by a good year in the Flying Circus’s commodities shipping business. This advantage is enhanced by the fact that the business cycle affects industries in different ways. Very valuable opportunities emerge that can be exploited to increase conglomerate wide profits.
A conglomerate creates an internal capital market if the external business climate is not developed enough. Through the internal market, different parts of the conglomerate allocate capital more effectively. A conglomerate may also show earnings growth by acquiring companies whose profits are more substantial than its own.
A venture (or in the antiquated form of reference – subsidiary), is a company that is supported either financially, logistically, or both by another corporation, where the parent corporation requires adherence to conglomerate-wide activities and policies on the part of the venture.
A parent company does not have to be the larger or “more powerful” entity; it is possible for the parent company to be smaller than a subsidiary. This is the case in instances such as Cosmic Ventures, a closely held family company, which controls Cosmos Media, a large corporation which manages the Eclipse Racing Team and the Rae Singh© franchise. Conversely, the parent may be larger than some or all of its subsidiaries (if it has more than one) as the relationship between a parent and subsidiary is defined by its members’ allegiance and valued support, not numbers of employees.
The parent and the venture do not necessarily have to operate in the same locations or operate the same businesses, although it is possible that they could conceivably be competitors in the marketplace. Such arrangements happen and normally end with a hostile takeover or voluntary merger. Because a parent company and its ventures are separate entities, it is entirely possible for one of them to be involved in legal proceedings, bankruptcy, tax delinquency, indictment, and/or under investigation while the other is not.
Ventures are separate and distinct legal entities for the purposes of taxation, regulation, and liability. For this reason they differ from divisions, which are businesses fully integrated within the main company and not legally or otherwise distinct from it. In other words: a venture can sue and be sued separately from its parent and its obligations will not normally be the obligations of its parent. This distinction is not infallible however, as creditors of an insolvent venture may be able to obtain a judgment against the parent if they can pierce the corporate veil and prove that the parent and subsidiary are mere alter egos of one another.”
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Chapter 8: With Great Power….
Section 4 – Checks and Balances
Previously we have explored the delicate balance of power and responsibility, establishing that the Upper Tiers afford immense levels of both. We also covered the various Councils needed to support and maintain that balance. As a result, and in order to stabilize the balance of power, another important aspect of the Cosmic Venture conglomerates is needed; the Board of Regents. A body of elected or appointed members, who jointly oversee the activities of the organization. Other names used in some venues include, board of directors, board of governors, board of managers, and board of trustees. In any of its forms, it is often simply referred to as “the board”.
A board’s activities are determined by the powers, duties, and responsibilities delegated to it or conferred on it by an authority outside itself, typically as detailed in the convening organization’s bylaws. The bylaws usually also specify the number of members of the board, how they are to be chosen, and when they are to meet.
In an organization with voting members the board acts on behalf of, and is subordinate to, the organization’s voting membership which usually elects the members of the board. In Cosmic Ventures, the board is elected by a combination of election by their peers AND appointment by the Consul. This places them as the highest authority in the management of the corporation, second only to the Founder.
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