Management Review

Articles from January

Are You READY for Deflationary Decline?
A no-growth economy will be an unfamiliar environment for many managers. Here, some strategies for the unsettled times ahead. Imagine yourself smack dab in the middle of London's rush hour, with motorcyclists whizzing by on either side as you cautiously...
Avoiding Empowerment Traps
Yes, you can avoid obstacles and keep your initial goals on track. Empowerment programs can transform a stagnant organization into a vital one by creating a shared purpose among employees, encouraging greater collaboration and, most importantly,...
Building the Ultimate RESOURCE
Today's competitive edge comes from intellectual capital. Do you know how to grow it in your company? How important will intellectual capital be in new century? Steven Wallman, former commissioner of the Securities Exchange Commission, has stated...
DO-IT-YOURSELF Justice
The Issue Alternative dispute resolution methods may help you resolve a dispute cost-efficiently and effectively-and possibly save a business relationship. What's Happening As courtroom litigation becomes more costly and time consuming, ADR...
Getting to the FUTURE First
In November, I was in San Francisco at the first AMA member conference, "M2: The Power of Management." It was a heady time because the new design of Management Review had just been introduced. The 300-plus attendees-many of them presidents and CEOs-were...
'HOT' JOBS and the Companies Defining Them
The hot jobs are always out there. But some companies lure the best candidates by defining jobs to make them sizzle. Most companies recruit and retain according to economic cycles and the shifting forces in the labor market. Naturally, jobs that...
How Do Companies Get to the Future FIRST? Incremental Moves Will Get You Nowhere in the Race to the Future. Innovation That Breaks Industry Rules and Creates New Space Will
A revolution is coming to your industry. If you miss it, you will fail. If you lead it, you can win. It may not happen this week, this month or even this year. But it will happen-ready or not. That leaves you, today's managers, with two critical questions:...
In Search of Oink
How does a company brand the unbrandable? New Pig did it by clothing mundane cleaning products in pig paraphernalia. Now it's seeking out new markets. On hold to Tipton, Pennsylvania, I wasn't listening to the three tenors or Mozart, but rather...
Is Salary a Motivator?
According to Ernie TrendWatch, 47 percent of human resources questions asked by all Ernie subscribers focused on compensation strategies. The best way to motivate your employ ees is to throw more money at them, right? Not really. Experts have long...
M 2 : The POWER of Management
A MA's first membership conference, "M 2 : The Power of Management: Where Classic Meets Cutting Edge," was held last November in San Francisco. The three-day meeting offered a remarkable convergence of ideas, expertise and networking for more than...
Most It Projects Prove Inefficient
Many companies complain about how much money they have to spend on information technology and IT staffing. Yet they don't realize that a good portion of these costs could be saved if the IT function were managed more effectively. Most large IT...
Post-Merger Challenges
As the pace of mergers and acquisitions continues to escalate, successfully combining two distinct workforces remains a thorn in the side of many HR directors of recently merged organizations. According to a Hewitt Associates survey of 218 major...
REVITALIZING Your Company's Brand
"To stay afloat in turbulent waters, your brand must be able to adapt to shifts in the marketplace. " T he strongest, most compelling brand images are the ones that stay fresh in the minds of prospects and customers. A good brand does something slightly...
Technology DEPENDENCE
Of course you need your technogear. But are you prepared for a bad technology day? Technology can be a wonderful thing. What may not be so wonderful is the way we have come to depend on it for our every move at home and at work. Most of us (and...
The FIRE within Us
It's January 1999-only a year to go until we reach the new millennium. And we can't wait to get there. We're in such a hurry. But to go where? In the November issue, I discussed Kenneth Hey and Peter Moore's warning that people are disengaging from...
The New Consortiums
How can your company tackle a big project in the global market? Maybe it can't on its own. But with a consortium, it can bring together the necessary expertise. Joint ventures and partnerships form the backbone of business as we know it. And...
The Trial
As I enter the courthouse, they search me. Then they take away my knife. "I'm not a criminal," I protest. It's a penknife that's attached to my key chain. I tell them I use it during presentations, for tearing off flip-chart paper. They look...
The TRUST Factor
Sure, you talk a lot about empowerment. But do you even trust your employees? You fancy yourself a progressive manager, and you probably are (after all, you're reading Management Review). You extol the importance of intellectual capital and understand...
Value Your Contingent Workforce
If you think you can't expect much from your temporary employees, you are probably giving up the chance to deploy a highly motivated and skillful group. A study by Pace University, New York, found that contingent workers are just as motivated and...
Whose DECISION Is It, Anyway?
Name: Jerre L. Stead Title: Chairman and CEO Company: Ingram Micro Inc., Santa Ana, California Line of Business: computer technology distributor Number of Employees: 12,000 Revenues: $20 billion Salespeople sell, administrators organize...
You've Got the POWER
The Internet and other computer networks have changed the rules of value creation, in part by turning the traditional view of "decreasing returns to scale" on its head. According to this 200-year-old view, as an organization grows in size, the incremental...