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Articles from No. 153, March

Alice's Course
Mention Alice Cooper, and the first image that comes to most people's minds is of an outrageous rock 'n roller who has put out 26 albums in a career that spans three decades. Known for his wild attire and off-the-wall concert acts, he would seem to be...
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AOL's Access Saga
Amid the jubilation of the announced AOL buyout of Time Warner, one group wasn't celebrating: AOL's allies in its fight to force AT&T to provide open access to its newly acquired cable empire. "We think it sucks," James Love, director of Ralph Nader's...
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Are You Tough Enough?
The search for scale, like the search for the holy grail, is a neverending quest.Just when we thought that merger combinations couldn't be any bigger, along comes a deal like AOU takeover of Time Warner. How big is big enough? Apparently not nearly as...
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Beyond Bells & Whistles: Helping CEOs Out
An interview with Karen Saunders, Partner in the Assurance Practice at KPMG. When CEOs were asked, as part of a KPMG-Computerworld survey a little over a year ago, where they thought executive control over IT would ideally reside in the future, 60 percent...
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Bonsignore's Bid for the Big Time
HONEYWELL's MICHAEL BONSIGNORE "Many mergers fail because management spends too much time trying to convert the 20 percent of the employee base who are opposed and they don't focus enough on the 20 percent who are roundly for it or the 60 percent who...
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Crushing the Copper Mile
These days, it's not so unusual for the heir-apparent of a Fortune 100 company to jump ship to steer a start-up. But Alex Mandl, who left the post of president at AT&T to lead telecommunications company Teligent as president and CEO, was part of...
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Fire the CEO!
In professional sports these days, whenever a football, basketball, or baseball team has a bad season, the owners fire the guy in charge. Last year, it was a quick goodbye to coaches and managers like Ray Rhodes of the Philadelphia Eagles and Mike Hargrove...
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Ford Credit's Wild E-Ride
Ford Motor Credit Co., the $20 billion finance subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., surprised the business world-and in some regards, itself-early in the new year, when it successfully concluded the first ever corporate debt offering on the Internet. If any...
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GE in the Digital Economy
With Jack Welch retiring as CEO in April, 2001, GE faces the challenge of replacing one of the grandmasters of strategy. While the company's management skills and depth of talent are legendary, Welch's shoes will be hard to fill. His successor will have...
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Leadership Challenges for the Third Millennium
Is the Internet redefining business any more dramatically than the invention of the steam engine did? One thing is clear-largescale change requires large-scale leadership. But what's the right leadership model for thriving in today's technocentric world?...
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Le Conglomerateur Formidable
Macy's buys Tiffany. At first sight, the purchase of a controlling stake in Italy's Gucci by France's Pinault-Printemps-Redoute certainly looks this way, because Gucci is one of the world's leading purveyors of high-priced luxury goods, and "PPR" is...
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Letters
THE HAVOC-WREAKING INTERNET To the Editor: John Graham is to be commended for his insightful essay on how the Internet is playing havoc with every business (CE: Dec. 1999). As he astutely observes, transformation of transactions processes, economics,...
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Rupiah Politics
It may lose something in translation, by Indonesian politics--not normally a rich source of humor--has finally spawned its first joke. No matter which of the country's 141 warring parties a politician belongs to, goes the gag, he or she will always end...
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Succeeding a Legend
Very few business leaders are considered to be legends-Jack Wilson is clearly one of them. On April 2, 2001, the oldest company on the Dow Jones, General Electric, will elect a new CEO. This new CEO will have no small challenge: succeeding a business...
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The Next GE: What Becomes of the House That Jack Built?
This month next year, the icon of late 20th century business leadership retires after 20 yearsroughly two normal CEO tenures-as General Electric's CEO. The question everybody is asking is, "Who will succeed Jack Welch?" Arguably, the more interesting...
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Those Pesky Earnings
In the past two years, venerable corporations with real products, real revenues and real profits have repeatedly seen their stock prices massacred, either because they failed to meet quarterly earnings projections or because they were thought to operate...
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Weighty Wisdom
Wisdom of the CEO--29 Leaders Tackle Today's Most Pressing Challenges. By William Dauphinais, Grady Means, and Colin Price of PricewaterhouseCoopers. John Wiley & Sons. 384 pp. This book is a Herculean effort by a team of PricewaterhouseCoopers partners...
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What's in a Reputation?
Elusive, yet essential to a company's business success, a good reputation is hard to come by and-judging from the results of Chief Executive's second annual corporate reputation surveyeven harder to keep. A company's good reputation is intangible; it...
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