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Fernando Flores


Carlos Fernando Flores Labra is a Chilean engineer, entrepreneur and politician. He is a former cabinet minister of president Salvador Allende and is currently senator for the Arica and Parinacota and Tarapaca regions.

Flores was born in Talca, Chile. He became finance minister in the government of Chilean president Salvador Allende and then spent three years as a political prisoner after the military coup of General Augusto Pinochet. Forced into exile, after negotiations on his behalf by Amnesty International, he moved with his family to Palo Alto, California, and worked as a researcher in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. He subsequently obtained his PhD at UC Berkeley under the guidance of Hubert Dreyfus, Stuart Dreyfus, John Searle and Ann Markussen. There he developed his work on philosophy, coaching and workflow technology, influenced by Heidegger, Maturana, John Austin and others. His thesis was titled Management and Communication in the Office of the Future.

Flores has founded several companies including "Hermenet" (for which he used a $6 million investment from Werner Erhard); "Logonet", an education company; "Business Design Associates", a management consulting company) and Action Technologies, a software company, where he introduced new distinctions in workflow analysis, groupware, software design and business process analysis that he developed in association with Terry Winograd. His newest project is an Internet-based movement called Atina Chile.

Related websites

Action Technologies

Atina Chile

Fernando Flores webpage, last updated June 19, 2006

Personal blog

Fast Company article on Flores "The Power of Words"

Center for Quality of Management Journal article "Using the Methods of Fernando Flores"

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