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Articles from No. 159, September

A Perfect Drive
The Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas, TX, is the course Dick Brooks likes to play the most. And not surprisingly, it's also where he finds his favorite golf hole. "It's the par-four seventh," explains the 63-year-old head of Central and South West,...
Are Companies Getting the Share Price They Deserve?
Sometimes "bad" share prices happen to good companies. The question is why? One might think that a decade of re-engineering and re during would have delivered a world where share correlated to performance. And maybe it has. pt that "performance" has...
Beyond the Box
The Quest for Cosmic Justice By Thomas Sowell. Free Press, A division of Simon & Schuster. $25.00, 189 pp. Thomas Sowell is a joy to read. One reason why is that he and I share many of the same dislikes-ultra liberal and ultra conservative politicians,...
Broadband Broadens Reach in Europe
After a somewhat sluggish start, the demand for broadband will gain momentum across Europe, with the percentage of households with broadband Internet access growing from a paltry 0.2 percent in 1999 to an estimated 18 percent-or 27 million subscribers-by...
CEO Compensation: How Much Is Enough?
These days, CEO pay is more closely aligned with shareholder interests than ever before. But too many compensation committees blindly follow competitive practice and ignore the potential unintended consequences of highly leveraged compensation. The result?...
Class Worriers
Kurt Vonnegut is fond of saying "be careful what you wish for because you might get it." For years, critics of CEO compensation have been badgering boards of directors to align CEO pay with performance. In CE's 13th annual analysis of CEO compensation...
Compensation Obscenity
I've got that ugly feeling that executive compensation is getting out of hand again, although some people think it was never really in hand. The press is running more and more stories of preposterous termination payoffs to fired CEOs, amazing offers...
Designing the Future
These days, it's not uncommon for software companies that have been around for longer than three years (and especially those showing a profit) to be labeled dinosaurs-or at least to have that sentiment implied. Still, Carol Bartz scoffs at the notion...
E-Marketplace Arms Merchants: Enabling the B2B Enablers
Web-based business-to-business exchanges hold the promise of rewiring the world economy, but as usual, the promise is well ahead of the reality Sorting the hype from the benefits, three B2B providers size up the implications of Net marketplaces for CEOs....
Hurdles for Hong Kong
It's inside the wood-paneled confines of the exclusive Hong Kong Club that one gets the best sense of the self-doubt that has gripped the city. From the chieftains of industry who take refuge there you will hear nothing but complaints-about Hong Kong's...
IT De-Volution
Some say IT is on its way out... but the announcement of its demise may be premature. Research analyst Bobby Cameron published a report in January called "The Death of IT," in which he tolled the bell, not for information technology itself, of course,...
Letters
GATES TO THE FUTURE To The Editor: In reference to your e-business roundtable ("In Search of e-Success,"CE: January 2000), Bill Gates' decision to concentrate on software development and hand over the CEO position at Microsoft to Steve Ballmer just may...
Planting Seeds
Companies are leading initiatives to solve the ongoing IT skills shortage, hoping their efforts will soon bear fruit. If you fear this may be just one more story to sound a warning knell about the IT skills shortage-not too worry. We are, all of us,...
Recharged Underdog
Though his first job out of college was at General Electric and three decades later he's the CEO of the battery-making Rayovac Corporation, the career path of David Jones is not quite the straight line those bare facts may seem to describe. For starters,...
Taking on Federal Bullies
Nice guys get chopped in half. Just ask Bill Gates. "We've been writing great software for the past 25 years," Microsoft's sweater-clad chairman smiled in a TV ad launched June 8. "It's our passion and it will always be. The best is yet to come." Gates...
The Stock Split Quandary
Stock splitting may be a great way to bring ballooning share prices down safely-giving shareholders the opportunity to double or triple the value of their stock, should the company continue performing-but not everyone thinks it's all that it's cracked...
Untangling the Web
The Internet, as it currently exists, is a mess. Because of the huge number of sex-oriented Web sites that exist in cyberspace, parents are terrified to leave the house, fearful of what sleazy domains their teenage boys may wander into while their guardians...