[Isn't this exactly the same punchline as this one?
No. It only bears a vague resemblance to todays strip, and even if the punchline did bear a stronger resemblance give Scott a break. After making fun of corporate america ten thousand different ways (thats roughly how many strips hes given us since 1997) he can be forgiven if his strips resemble past ones.
Absolutely authentic: my former company was involved in research collaboration with another company, and I politely declined to be part of the Joint Executive Research Committee - it was bad enough to be working at the Center for Research at Aurora Park.