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Articles from No. 142, March

1999: Year of the Rabbit-Or Year of the Bear?
As 1998 came to a close, the global economic news was getting worse. The U.S. economy, in its 93rd month of growth, was standing apart-with an estimated annual GDP growth of 4 percent and an annual stock market gain of 16 percent. But growth projections...
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Big Brown Boots Up
Internet companies are very hot now. That's nice. But maybe the biggest e-commerce player isn't Microsoft, Intel, AOL, Amazon, or the dot com de jour stock the punters are talking up. While most companies are adapting to the Internet, UPS sees an opportunity...
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Blowing in the Wind
Paul Fireman was a 15-year-old sophomore at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, when he played the 17th hole at the Kittansett Club for the first time. "I was on the school golf team, and Kittansett was one of the local courses we used," he says. "I liked the...
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Boardrooms Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
A look at the corporate boardroom today versus that of 25 years ago highlights dramatic changes-and forecasts future stages in board evolution. Charting trends and policies in America's boardrooms since 1973, the Korn Ferry International study is one...
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Can Your Business Be Thrown off Track?
In 1991, Optical Data Corp. was sitting on top of the world. The New Jersey-based school media company had just won a landmark order from the state of Texas for its laser disc-based elementary science curriculum that placed it on the cutting edge of...
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Dungeons & Dragons for Directors
Asking the right questions is one of the most important contributions a director can make. In order to know the right questions, however, directors must be exposed to a wide array of issues, more than they are likely to encounter within the relatively...
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Filling the Gap
Making a five-year projection of company revenues and profits is a comparatively easy task. You simply do a spreadsheet starting with last year's actual revenues and project it five years ahead at some double digit rate each year. (Fifteen percent is...
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Front Lines
Ready for the long-awaited arrival of some space-age, high flying, stupefying speech recognition technologies? Front Lines sure is, and was glad to learn about the preview at the Demo '99 conference of Dragon System's AudioMining technology. It converts...
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Harnessing Knowledge
For every $100 invested in shares of Microsoft or Intel, only about $1 represents physical assets. Clearly, the real value of today's companies is not captured in traditional net worth accounting. n his influential 1992 book, The Twilight of Sovereignty,...
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Leadership Challenges for the Third Millenium
In an era where technologies, economies, and even corporations are converging, the same old leadership model won't cut it. CE gathered leading-edge CEOs at the home of Castle Harlan's John Castle to explore the challenges facing business leaders in the...
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Letters
THE HMO QUANDARY To the Editor: Pete du Pont's recent column ("HMO DOA," CE: December 1998) begins with a faulty premise, that HMOs are about to be outlawed, stumbles through atrocious misconceptions, and somehow arrives at a conclusion all of us can...
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Off the Wall
Not long ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about a Berkeley, CA, energy-bar maker that had installed two 22foot high artificial rock walls in its corporate gym as a means of building company morale. Clif Bar employees were encouraged to spend...
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On Competition
Try adding this up. Take Michael Porter, a distinguished teacher at Harvard Business School, a prolific writer, and a constant speaker on corporate strategy. Take 10 of his Harvard Business Review articles published over the last 15 years and add two...
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Profile: Bernard Rethore-Pump Up the Volume
BERNARD RETHORE Chief Executive FLOWSERVE Age: 57 Family: Married, seven children Education: B.A, Economics, Yale University, 1962; M.B.A., Wharton School, 1967. First Postgraduate Job: Consultant, McKinsey & Co. Outside Interests: Board member,...
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Profile: Bill Schrader-What's in a Name?
PROFILE BILL SCHRADER Chairman and Chief Executive PSINet Age: 47 Birthplace: Utica, NY. Family: Wife Kathleen Duffy; children Andrew, Matthew, and Patrick Education: B.S. from Cornell, graduate work in business and finance. Cars: Porsche Boxster roadster...
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Profile: Solomon Trujillo-Digital Shootout
SOLOMON TRUJILLO President & Chief Executive US WEST Age: 47 Family: Married with three daughters, ages 17,19, and 20. Education: B.A. and M.B.A., University of Wyoming. Favorite Hobbies: Racquetball, activities with daughters, especially watching...
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Profile: Travis Engen-The Engine at ITT
PROFILE TRAVIS ENGEN Chairman, President, and CEO IT Industries Age: 53 Birthplace: Pasadena, CA Family: Wife, Anne Elizabeth Erickson; one daughter Education: Aeronautics, MIT, 1967 Weak spots: Failed Latin and Russian reads a book a week Tech Tac:...
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Putting the Crony into Capitalism
Let's see if we have this right. The folks who have been withholding a rising slice of our paychecks, in the guise of stashing it in a retirement trust fund that has no money, now say they want to fix the system, by picking stocks with our money. What...
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Role Reversal
When Lew Platt signed up for Wharton's governance boot camp, he had little idea,that the Institute's learning through role-playing" would challenge his notions of running a modern board of directors. But the experience convinced him that the best way...
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The Real Deal
After months of promising not to devalue the Brazilian REAL, the government did just that in mid-January. Although the Central Bank's decision sent shock waves through the markets, it's important to maintain a long-term perspective on Brazil. Shocked...
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Web Watch
www.kmonline.com Since intangible "knowledge" is hard enough to locate, knowledge management is one of the more complex challenges a CEO faces today. (For more on this subject, see this month's roundtable, "Harnessing Knowledge," p. 52). The focus at...
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