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Articles from No. 84, April

A Working Prototype for Health-Care Reform
When Congress receives the Clinton administration's health-care plan, it should ask: Is it really necessary to reinvent the wheel?All of the reform plans offered to Congress over the past few years have had the same objectives: to rein in runaway medical...
B-Schools under Fire
Somewhat late in the game, business schools are finding they are businesses themselves. What's worse, their ultimate customers-corporations and the CEOs who head them--are not at all pleased with the product they have been turning out. With the M&A...
Carter II
During one of the brainstorming sessions at the World Economic Forum, the annual meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, Sen. Bill Bradley found himself in a room with about 18 top executives from around the world. He wanted...
CEOs on the Block
In "The League of Youth," Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote that business leaders "are like beads on a string-when one slips off, all the rest follow." The abrupt departures of GM's Robert Stempel, American Express' James Robinson, IBM's John Akers,...
Critical Skills and the CEO
America's business leaders face an ominous challenge: survival in a world increasingly marked by high technology and international competition. More than ever, CEOs will need to make critical decisions about the people hired and trained for leadership...
Get Ready for Just-in-Time Staffing
For any executive who can look past the near-term troubles currently afflicting the world's major economies, the 1990s are heady times. Few periods have offered such unbridled potential. As nations from Eastern Europe to Latin America abandon central...
Not by Technology Alone
Shareholder value, long-term decentralization, commercialization of new technology, productivity incentives, team building maximization of R&D--an exhausting laundry list of current top management issues. Surely a single approach to accomplish the...
Peter Middleton
Peter Middleton has an advantage shared by few newly minted chief executives: No one will be able to gauge precisely his performance until sometime in 1996. That's when Lloyd's of London, the British insurance concern, will report its 1993 earnings after...
Stand-Up Stock Options
Amid a clamor for stronger links between executive pay and corporate performance, the use of stock-based compensation plans for CEOs and other senior executives is on the rise. But such plans are being scrutinized by shareholders, the government, the...
Super-Ficial
Just in time. Another opus by another self-styled management guru extolling the benefits of the Japanese management and production systems. The result, however, "Super Chiefs," is a collection of buzzwords, bromides, and erroneous assumptions about management...
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Recently, a fellow journalist told me how happy he was to be moving from the business and finance section of his publication to a more general area. "The 1980s were a great time to be a business writer, but the 1990s are turning out to be pretty dull,"...
The CEO and the Audit Committee
As chairman and chief executive of Deloitte & Touche, I am the firm's senior client service partner. I spend a great deal of time with our clients in order to understand their needs and expectations, and to direct the resources of our firm to meet...
The Evolving MBA
"Change" was clearly the watchword word of the Chief Executive roundtable on business schools: Representatives of both academia and the corporate world agreed that MBA programs must continually evolve. The graduate who enters today's intensely competitive...
Trying to Be a Computer
Microsoft is sitting pretty--a profitable giant on top of the world of applications software. The company chalked up $2.8 billion in sales last year and boasts profit margins of 25 percent. This stellar performance is attributed to a continuing surge...
Variety for Sale
For centuries, we have recognized that people like variety in their routine. So it is with shopping--after a while, the same old products, the same old brands, seem tired and listless. Consumers begin demanding a change, something to perk up their supermarket...
Who's Next?
If you are a CEO--and most of the readers of this publication are--you should be mighty concerned.The list of ousted chief executives is long and growing. Once-glittering names and gilt-edged companies are coming under attack from their shareholders,...