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Articles from No. 137, September

A Global Blueprint for Midsize Companies
Facing powerful forces to globalize, midsize firms can tap overseas opportunities, such as a rising global middle class, but they must also contend with increased political, economic, and cultural risk. While global markets have long been a reality for...
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Be Careful What You Wish For
few years ago a Business Week cover story screamed, "The Party Ain't Over Yet. Reform May Be in the Works. But So Far You Wouldn't Know It." Each year, as the proxies are released, so is the harangue about CEO pay levels. Not long ago critics demanded...
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Caught Flat-Footed
Several weeks ago, something unexpectedly wonderful occurred when Reebok Int'l terminated its promotional deal with Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. Five years earlier, Reebok had convinced itself that the lumbering, slow-footed O'Neal...
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From Mailine to Modem: Transporting the Commodities of the Day
Glancing through a major business publication recently, I was struck by the similarities between two advertisements. The ads weren't comparable in appearance-in fact, their photos and graphics looked nothing alike-but in touting their respective companies...
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Front Lines
Need another fix of GuruSpeak after last month's Chief Executive Technology Issue? We checked in with Tim Bajarin, president of Campbell, CAbased Creative Strategies: "One of the key questions executives ask me is 'Where can I go on a daily basis to...
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Gibson Restrung
Back when Henry Juszkiewicz was just another college engineering student playing lead guitar in a party band, no one-himself included-would've guessed that he'd end up in a job that would allow him to rock out on the guitar in his office everyday. But...
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Hands off the Net
Electronic commerce is the great promise that has yet to be fulfilled. While 70 million Americans are signing onto the Web regularly, only a minority does so to purchase products. The majority of electronic commerce remains business-to-business transactions....
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Hole with a View
MY FAVORITE GOLF HOLE From the elevated tee on Cypress Point's 17th hole, above Pacific waves roiling against the rugged shore of California's Monterey Peninsula, Ken Derr can look north and on a clear day see as far as Santa Cruz. To the south is Carmel...
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Letters
IN DEFENSE OF THE INDEX The authors respond to Prof. Bruce Scott's letter (CE:July/Aug '98) regarding "What Makes Economies Grow?" (CE:April '98 To the Editor: The world of growing economies is a complicated place, as Professor Scott has now twice reminded...
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Marathon Man
CEO Bill Steere says there is more to Pfizer than its little blue pill, which has already outstripped Prozac as the fastest selling drug in history. A strong focus on applied research and a formidable sales force has vaulted the company to within breathing...
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Not Just for the Big Guys!
Th.ee daya, everyone wants to go global. These Says, everyone can. hen we think of globalization, we tend to think of giants-of the GMs and - - the P&Gs that have the depth of resources to project their presence anywhere in the world. But that's...
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Peso Politics
Wander into one of Mexico's neighborhood tianguis these days and you may find yourself distracted by a strange new noise. Above the normal clatter of open air-markets floats a faint electric whirr. Track it to its source and you will discover an audience...
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Plan B
JUDGING BY TODAY'S HEADLINE-MAKING COMBINATIONS, MEGAMERGERS ARE THE PREFERRED PATH TO THE BENEFITS OF BREADTH AND DEPTH. BUT GE CAPITAL'S TRACK RECORD PROVES THAT THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO GLOBALIZE. The financial services industry is going through...
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Rethinking the Compensation Committee
If there is one area where boards are going to be criticized in the next year-and with considerable justification-it will be in the way they handle executive compensation. In some cases, executive compensation has gotten completely out of hand. Payments...
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Risk on the High Seas
Over the last year, critics and press alike have been quick to (loudly) decry the allegedly outrageous pay packages scored by CEOs who did little to earn them. But truth be told, those CEO pay winners are far from typical. Somehow, the typical CEO compensation...
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The Mother Earth Cult
As spring turned into summer, the Washington Post provided insight into a movement that may mark a change of theological seasons. The piece profiled the Druids England's Stonehenge, the Jerusalem of paganism from which they had been barred since Baroness...
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The Whole or the Sum of Its Parts?
Even though what you desire is wrapped in a much larger, more expensive corporate package, it becomes impossible to take one's eye off the prize. That's how Luxottica Group Spa felt about LensCrafters. Back in '95, the Milan, Italy-based Luxottica-world's...
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Two Years Ahead
In the '60s, geeks were geeks and computers were large, slow, and clunky. Working in the high-tech industry was hardly the hip career choice it is today, but Jim Roemer, chairman, president, and CEO of Bell & Howell Co., was one of the pioneers who...
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View from the Ground
There are three qualities that companies need to operate effectively on a global basis, says Margaret Muller head of Deloitte & Touche's Growth Company Services practice. "An organization structure that's customer-focused, and that maintains enough...
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Web Watch
ciber.bus.msu.edu Maintained by Michigan State University's Center for International Business Research, International Business Resources provides a practical, organized, and comprehensive approach to navigating the Web's wealth of global business resources....
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We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History / the Cold War: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991
We Now Know: Re Cold War History. By John Lewis Gaddis. Clarendon Press, $30.00, 425 pp. The Cold War: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991. By Ronald E. Powaski. Oxford University Press, $35.00, 356 pp. The Cold War may be over, but the...
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