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Articles from No. 99, November/December

Beyond Logistics: Supply Chain Management
Is supply chain management on your agenda? If you are like most corporate chiefs, the answer is: probably not. In a recent survey of 35 CEOs by A.T. Kearney's James E. Morehouse, executives most often ranked as their priorities initiatives such as cost...
Boeing's Big Bet
Last April Boeing, the world's largest aircraft manufacturer, unveiled its 777, the world's largest twin-engine, long-distance passenger aircraft. Despite signs that the North American and European travel industry is shaking off its recession, the condition...
David Dorman
In what may be the brass-knuckle marketing fight of his telecommunications career, David Dorman, the new president and CEO of Pacific Bell, is squaring off against communication giants AT&T, MCI, and Sprint, and 120 other smaller carriers. At stake...
Dialing for Dollars
Ah, the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd. Having completed a presentation to customers, James H. Ross, CEO of Britain's Cable & Wireless, ponders his performance from the comfort of a 35th-floor conference room in the company's New...
Is There Anything We Can Agree Upon?
The other day I was arguing with a friend about recycling, but the disagreement quickly escalated into a debate about everything under the sun. First, my friend claimed recycling newspapers is an indisputably good policy that benefits society. I said...
Logistics as a Competitive Weapon
CE ROUNDTABLEIn today's marketplace, selling products and services is difficult enough. Getting them to customers on time, and in the right size, color, or quantity can be a lot trickier--and maybe more important. More often than not, logistics conjures...
Managing Board Affairs
In preparation or the article on Best/Worst Boards in this issue, I rummaged through a stack of 1994 proxy statements. It was a tedious task in some ways, but an interesting chore in others. I came away with a number of impressions.This year's proxy...
Performance in the Boardroom: The Best and Worst Boards of 1994
For the past several years, shareholders and corporate-governance critics have been demanding improved performance from executives of publicly owned corporations. Their voices are being heard: Witness the large number of "pay-for-performance" compensation...
Repairing the CEO/CIO Disconnect
Computing may be the key factor in corporate success, but as often as not it is the key factor in corporate failure. Using official figures and assessments by hundreds of chief executives, I calculate that as much as $1 trillion spent in the U.S. over...
Smoking in the Boys Room
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Sigmund Freud once said. Many cigar smokers likely would dispute that notion. Perhaps author John Galsworthy best articulated the conviction of cognoscenti: "By the cigars they smoke," he said, "ye shall know the...
Software Re-Engineering? No Thanks
An interesting notion is making the information technology rounds these days: software re-engineering.Common wisdom says your software could match your business needs much better if you could redesign and redevelop the applications. The idea is to capture...
Stealth Lawmaking
Making end runs around the American people's conservative sensibilities has become a favorite pastime--and something of a necessity--for the Washington establishment.Following Bill Clinton's example, lawmakers regularly cloak one paternalistic, big-government...
Taking on the Tort Tax
How long has it been since your company was sued? Not long, probably, unless you're very lucky--and very diligent.But what are the odds? To answer this and other questions about the dimensions and effects of litigation against U.S. companies, Chief Executive...
Uncle Sam, Keep Out
PROFITS OF SCIENCE: The American Marriage of Business and Technology By Robert Teitelman. BasicBooks, 258 pp., $23.At some point, you've probably encountered a lottery fanatic pursuing a "scientific" approach to hitting the jackpot. Success is in the...