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Articles from No. 204, December

Adopting Open Source Software
The Linux wave is cresting-and it will change everything.The vast majority of American CEOs have long accepted monopoly control over the software their companies use, something they would never tolerate elsewhere in their businesses. But 2005 is going...
A Lotus Blossoms
The new Elise roadster is sweet temptation.Oh, what a sweetheart. Visually, the two-seat Lotus Elise is one of the most stunning cars I've driven lately. Everywhere I went, people wanted me to roll down the window and answer the question "What kind of...
Backlash over Regulatory Restraint
CEO CONFIDENCE INDEXTHE BUMP IN CEO CONFIDENCE, just shy of three percentage points, could hardly be called a resounding note of optimism. In fact, with the rise of Future Confidence even smaller, at two points, corporate leaders appear to be, at best,...
Beating the Cyber Threat
CEOs must invest in a new generation of IT.We cannot live without our computing and communications infrastructure. In addition to banking and ecommerce systems, the critical infrastructure includes such vital elements as the nation's power grid and air...
Don't Blame the Rubenesque
UNHEALTHY EMPLOYEES: CORPORATE DRAIN-OR GAIN? BY JOE QUEENANDetermined to hold down health costs and dramatically improve staff attendance records, a number of American companies are declaring all-out war on smokers and the obese. According to the Wall...
Don't Cry for Me, Adelaide
GLOBALRUPERT MURDOCH, the world's most powerful media baron, has traveled far and wide since inheriting, at age 22, a modest newspaper business from which he has created a global empire. But until now, he has always returned for News Corp.'s annual meeting...
Feedback
Meeting the RFID ChallengeIn your recent article about radio frequency identification ("RFID Is No Monster," November), you rightly indicate that the operational benefits of the new technology clearly justify the challenges associated with it.One critical...
Fixing America's Educational System
It's clear that government alone cannot correct all the problems.Now that the latest election cycle is over, it's time we turn our attention to solving one of the nation's most important and vexing problems: education. Nothing is more critical to America's...
How Big Pharma Blew It
Bad choices and PR gaffes have finally caught up with the drug industry.For years now, Big Oil, tobacco and HMOs have pretty much held a monopoly in consumer loathing. But no longer: According to a recent Harris Poll, pharmaceutical companies have tied...
How to Choose Your No. 2
It's no small task to find someone who is content to complement you now-with the skills to take your job later. BY DALE BUSSIf it's true that you're only as good as the team you've assembled around you, then few decisions could be as important as who...
Improving the Quality of Life
We must fix health care without sacrificing medical innovation. BY ART COLLINSFor CEOs, the rising cost of health care has become a serious challenge with no clear, agreed-upon solution in sight. Broader access to affordable health care was a pivotal...
Improving Third World Health
To display social responsibility, CEOs must respond to urgent needs.Corporate responsibility is a complex issue, especially when Wall Street focuses on sliort-term profit growth. Delivering excellent performance oil a regular basis is indeed an imperative,...
In Search of Solutions
Solving the health care crisis will mean a joint effort by CEOs, patients and providers.Unsustainable." "Unacceptable." "A zero-sum game."The subject is health care costs, and business leaders are clearly not happy with what they're seeing. Sensing a...
Keeping Stability in Korea
The peninsula is crucially important for the region.CEOs from around the world arc targeting South Korea as both a market and a regional base of operations for their companies. The country's $600 billion economy lias been expanding steadily, with growth...
Knowing What You Need to Know
BPM software may help a CEO grasp the details-but it's no panacea.John E. Rooney cats and breathes information - he has to. With 2003 revenues of $2.0 billion, Chicago-based U.S. Cellular "is a little mouse running around in a field of elephants," explains...
Making Diversity A Profitable Reality
CEOs should strive harder to build diversity. It makes business sense.In a world of ever-increasing regulation, the term "diversity" is sometimes misunderstood, lumped in with the mountain of dictates imposed upon business, many of which tend to restrain...
Mogul Mania
At a radical ski school in Aspen, a former Apple exec trains corporate types for the toughest slopes. BY EVERETT POTTERSometimes a sport is transformed by a revolution in equipment design. It happened in tennis with oversize rackets, and in golf with...
Reforming Governance
Companies must go beyond rules to focus on issues of character. BY ROBERT P. GANDOSSY AND JEFFREY SONNENFELDGovernance headlines in 2004 were sadly similar to those of recent years, with more than a few stories of boards forced to remove their CEOs nnder...
Rethinking IT Outsourcing
CEOs want a new kind of competition among suppliers.Realizing business value from information technology is a top priority' for most CEOs, Forrester Research estimates that the average top 500 company in the U.S. spends close to $400 million, or 3.8...
Securing America and the World
There's much more CEOs need to achieve. BY FREDERICK W. SMITHSince September 11, 2001, more man 3,000 suspected terrorists have been detained in nearly 100 nations, according to the Department of Homeland security. More than $100 million in terrorist...
Seeing over the Next Hill
For those of you who are critics of the mainstream media, this issue of Chief Executive represents pure, unfiltered communication. We are allowing the very best minds in the corporate and academic worlds to communicate directly and at length with you,...
Spitzer's Climate of Fear
EDITORIALIN THE U.S. SYSTEM of checks and balances, it is entirely appropriate that a state attorney general be on the lookout for crimes or abusive practices threatening that state's people.But what we have witnessed recently From Eliot Spitzer, the...
The Survivor
Jim Rohr has beaten challenges, and odds, at PNC.Jim Rohr's first year in office as CEO of PNC Financial Services Group was a rough ride. He took over just as the economy started to tank and, not long into his tenure, the bank got into trouble with regulators...
The Three Capitals of China
Which one is right for your Chinese HQ?When Steve Kitz was searching For the right city in which to establish an Asian regionnal headquarters for EMC two years ago, he weighed several factors. Not least among them was access to good quality, English-language...
Will Sun Rise Again?
Scott McNealy is betting on his No. 2 to turn Sun around.When Ed Zander left Sun Microsystems for top billing at Motoroa in 2002, Sun was already in serious trouble. By the time CEO Scott McNealy named Jonathan Schwartz as a highly visible president...