Technology is a wonderful thing. It enables high standards of living and gives people access to the world.
But in many local communities in ASEAN, people have smartphones but don’t have access to clean water or dependable power. Operations need to balance the high and low tech levels in these areas to align corporate performance with local capability.
Low tech doesn’t mean low productivity, nor does it mean low capability. Low tech equipment is often more robust and is more easily repairable in the local community where it operates. It serves as a dependable stepping stone for local workers to raise their skill levels and allows the company to employ more local people and less outsiders. The direct and indirect benefits to the community are manyfold. The benefits to the company include increased productivity, greater alignment with the local community and the opening of additional opportunities that come from being a good member of the community.