Indonesians have poor management skills.
Tanri Abeng, the former minister of BUMN, the body that controls state owned business properties, says that the quality and effectiveness of management skills in Indonesia remains far short of what is required to bring the country into the First World, and things were getting worse in some respects. For example, Indonesia's competitiveness rank had fallen precipitiously from the late 1990's until now, he claims.
Tanri Abeng (MBA, State University, New York) told a Leadership Management seminar at the Hasanuddin university in Makassar, South Sulawesi (Tanri's alma mater) that there were really no poor or backward countries, only nations that had poor management skills. Indonesians were not uncreative people, and presumably not coolies either, they just didn't manage things well.
Recently the Yayasan Indonesia Forum had set some ambitious economic development targets to be reached by 2030, they including a national GDP of $18,000, Indonesia becoming one of the five biggest economies in the world, and having at least 30 companies in the Forbes 500 list (currently Indonesia has only four companies in the Forbes 2000, starting at 835th). Tanri Abeng said such things could only be achieved if business management skills got some serious attention from all sectors of society. But:
The problem is the effectiveness of Indonesian management is still far from what is required to enter the ranks of the advanced countries.
Indonesia could become a "champion" in whatever field it chose to excel in, because it had great natural and human resources, it was free and had much "social capital", said the man who has held senior positions in Union Carbide, Multi Bintang, and Bakrie Brothers pacific.net.id. Tanri said if all the positive things were managed properly it would bring about the realisation of "Indonesia Incorporated". antara