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Articles from No. 200, July

A Note of Caution, but Hiring to Continue
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXAFTER A SURGE of confidence in May, CEOs appeared a bit more tentative in June. Energy costs and the certainty of higher interest rates figured in their more cautions tone. Rut significantly, and in a break with past trends, CEOs...
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Back to B-School
CEOs are turning to custom-designed programs at top schools to educate the senior ranks. BY JODI SCHNEIDERBill Franz recalls the moment with clarity. As director of training and development for Osram Sylvania, the global lighting company, he had just...
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Better to Switch Than Fight?
BOARDROOM BATTLESANOTHER PROXY SEASON has wound clown and a record number of shareholder resolutions were filed. As of early June, when the bulk of annual meetings had been held, more than 1,100 resolutions had been filed, according to the Investor Responsibility...
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Can Politics Be Fixed?
EDITORIALWITH THE POLITICAL SEASON upon us, the temptation in coining months will he to argue that one political party or one candidate for president has the right answers for CEOs and the business world. Before the madness begins, it might be appropriate...
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Chrysler Fights Back
Dieter Zetsche has stopped the bleeding. Now Chrysler must go on the offensive in the most brutal auto market in history.In a video that has become a hit inside the Chrysler Group, CEO Dieter Zetsche is driving a red Grand Caravan minivan around the...
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Course of History
GOLFAt the Architects Club, a lesson in design awaits around every bend. BY PAUL ROGERSOver the past decade and a half, a curious trend has reared its head in the world of golf course design. Classic holes from the storied links of Scotland and Ireland...
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Diesel: The Smarter Alternative?
WHEELSAs gas prices rise, new high-performance diesels bear attention.It seems safe to say that the soaring price of gasoline isn't much of a factor when IS a CEO goes shopping for a luxury car But that could change with the arrival of a new breed of...
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Feedback
Succession at Coca-ColaSure, it's feasible that Coca-Cola's board acted maladroitly in tapping retiree Neville lsdell as the company's new CEO ("Directors Run Amok at Coke," Final Word, June). But absent hard evidence of what went on behind closed doors,...
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Flex Forward
Flextronics' Michael Marks says that outsourcing can only get much, much bigger.For Michael Marks, outsourcing is not a dirty word. "It's ridiculous," he says of the backlash against moving U.S. jobs overseas. "Outsourcing is good for America. The unemployment...
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For Big Spenders, a Global Program
Through a Barcelona school, companies send executives to get an education on the road. BY REBECCA FANNINThe IESE Business School in Barcelona couldn't be in a more picturesque setting, in the foothills of the Pyrenees overlooking the Mediterranean Sea....
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How CEOs Reinvent Their Companies
MERE EXECUTION ISN'T ENOUGH. YOU NEED GAME-CHANGING IDEAS.Reinvent or die. Business inagazines (including this one) are full of such axioms. But they contain a measure of truth. The challenge of continually reinventing your company to survive in a business...
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Keeping the Pipeline Full
Thanks to its indefatigable Novartis's R&D effort is paying off.Soon after his Swiss pharmaceutical company, Sandoz, merged with rival CibaGeigy in 1996 to form Novartis, CEO Daniel Vasella set out to meet some of his researchers. One of them told...
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Making Consumer-Directed Health Care Work
CEOS MUST GRADUALLY CHANGEWhen it comes to health care, chief executives are caught in a bind. The costs continue to rise at alarming rates, yet employees are demanding a continuation of longtime benefits. Many CEOs, at wit's end, seem ready to embrace...
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Protecting Trade Secrets in China
How CEOs must build intellectual property strategies.Despite China's low wage rates and massive, fast-growing markets, many companies are cautions in setting up operations there because of a very real danger: China remains an intellectual property jungle,...
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Q&A: Zetsche on the Record
In an interview, Dieter Zetsche spoke of the victories he's achieved and the challenges he still faces. Highlights:It seems you've come into this job not as a representative of DaimlerChrysler, but rather as Chrysler's representative to Germany. Do you...
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Splendor at Sea
TRAVELThe Queen Mary 2 evokes the golden age of timeless and luxurious transatlantic travel.As the Queen Mary 2 made her way out of New York Harbor in the gathering dusk, the venerable Queen Elizabeth 2 sailed by her side. Amid fireworks, circling helicopters...
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Thailand Wants Bill. Tiger, Too
GLOBALTHAILAND, long favored by scruffy backpackers and pot-bellied sex adventurers, is embarking on an image enhancement. The country is trying to draw higherquality tourists of the CEO type by offering a special program: For $25,000, you get a lifetime...
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The CIO's Rise and Fall
More CEOs are asking their chief information officers to report to the CFO. Can it come back to hurt their companies?It was a big deal for Blue Rhino CEO Billy Prim when Wal-Mart named his company's global sourcing division as the retail chain's International...
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The Mounting Assault by Trial Lawyers, Inc
CEOS MUST HELP DRAIN THE LITIGATION SWAMP.The risks posed by an out-of-control civil justice system are mounting. Managing these risks is no longer a peripheral function for a CEO. After all, the tort process can distort every aspect of a company's business....
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The Wal-Mart of Auto Sales?
AutoNation's Mike Jackson has big plans for the car retailer.Come south, young man. That was the siren song Mike Jackson heard from the desperate lips of Wayne Huizenga, the entrepreneur who built Waste Management and Blockbuster Entertainment into behemoths....
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This Won't Take A Nanosecond
NEXT UP IN THE HYPE MARKET: THE NANOFICATION OF AMERICAThe time has finally conic for us all to start thinking seriously about nanotechnology, even though very few of us have any idea what it is. Nanotechnology, as The New York Times recently defined...
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Who's Winning the Game?
I confess that throughout my many years in various forms of international business journalism, I have hied to analyze economic activity in national terms. I have tried to analyze what a particular company or industry is achieving or not achieving for...
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