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Articles from No. 135, June

Ask the Experts
"Some industry experts have suggested that U.S. companies are neglecting the 'R' part of R&D and, as a result, U.S. industry's ability to be creative and innovative is suffering. What's your view?" Ron Jonash, VP and Head of Technology Innovation...
Delusions of CEO Adequacy
In June, 1991, I wrote a column for this magazine called "Delusions of Adequacy." In it, I railed against CEOs who placed mediocre people in key positions and left them there for an unconscionable time because they were people who worked hard and had...
Demanding Customers Make Good Innovators
Speed and relentless customer demands force CEOs to operate beyond their 'comfort zone' when it comes to pushing for new products and services. Surprisingly, a 29-year career AT&T veteran is very comfortable with that. Joseph Schumpeter's creative...
Front Lines
Considered a leader in Internet commerce, on-line bookseller Amazon.com-already the nation's No. 3 book retailerannounced an aggressive effort to expand its virtual footprint. Amazon plans to acquire three other Net companies: Bookpages Ltd., Telebook...
Is the Earth Really Getting Warmer
THE CONCERN OVER GLOBAL WARMING FIRST arose when early computer climate models predicted that the earth's temperature might rise by between 5 and 9 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century due to the increased levels of CO^sup 2^ in the atmosphere that...
J'accuse
Shortly after the Monica Lewinsky scandal erupted, my local newspaper printed a letter under the headline, "French Find Fuss to Be Absurd," from a fellow suburbanite-who had been in France when the controversy hit. The letter applauded the French for...
Letters
POWER TO THE PEOPLE To the Editor: Robert Falconi's article on ESOPs (CE: April 1997) was very insightful. For the past decade, I have found ESOPs a handy leveraging tool for hard asset, poor service companies. They allow the biggest expense item, compensation,...
Out of Office.And into the Trenches
Sam Walton leading a cheer at a local Wal-Mart, Dave Thomas working the counter in Wendy's ads, Herb Kelleher reporting on his movements in Southwest Airlines' employee newsletter there seem to be hordes of CEOs ready to get their hands wet and their...
Pac Man Pic
It seems fitting that Bill Holland, CEO of United Dominion Industries and an avid reader of historical biographies, is inspired by the stories of Winston Churchill and Ulysses S. Grant. The two statesmen worked themselves up through the ranks of their...
Primer Inter Pares
Earlier this year we asked readers to identify a fellow CEO worthy to be named this year's Chief Executive of the Year. It is an opportunity to recognize a respected colleague's leadership and exemplary achievement. Since 1986 we have sought your help...
Putting Descartes before the Horse
Creativity, innovation, foresight. These are the tools of effective problem-solving, the prime talents necessary for "thinking outside the box." But what if your problem is that you're uncertain of what the real problems facing your business are? A lot...
Seizing the Day
Blame it on Gregory Peck. Forty-four years ago when Bill Tragos, co-founder and chairman of Omnicom Group's TBWA Chiat/Day, was a pre-med student at Washington University, he saw The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. Although Peck's character was in PR-which...
Stalking the Small Caps
I do a double take whenever I read pronouncements that WITTER small cap stocks are back in favor. For many a money manager, small caps have rarely fallen out of favor. At William D. Witter Inc., small cap stocks are at the core of most of our client...
The Body Shop
For a glimpse of the problems awaiting foreign investors in Poland, forego the comforts of air travel and enter the country by road via the German border at Gorlitz. As at all Polish checkpoints, progress at Gorlitz is slow. The queue of cars waiting...
The Buyback Burn
As a typically capital-intensive By company with a high need PRINCE for equity, Alaska Air Group has always relied on the convertible bond for unsecured debt. Over the last 15 years, in fact, the Seattle-based company has issued more than $270 million...
The High Cost of Kyoto
Champions of the Kyoto Protocol say curbing carbon emissions will ensure a safer, more prosperous future for all. But if developing countries don't go along with it, Kyoto could put the bite on U.S. GDP. "YOU CANNOT UNDERSTATE THE IMPACT THAT the regulation...
The Innovation Mandate
Having a customer-focused process in place is important, but don't overlook serendipity. If chance favors the prepared mind unanticipated connections favor organizations ready to exploit them. For the next decade, worldwide overcapacity will exist for...
The Outlook for U.S. Innovation: Bright for How Long?
Last year, CE asked the Council on Competitiveness for a 10-year retrospective look at the U.S. economy. This year, we asked the Council to go one level deeper-to assess the nation's innovation IQ, providing a snapshot look at how the U.S. rates relative...
The Patent Files
Trade secrets. Patented technology. Copyrights held. What's in your company's idea bank? And how do you keep it there or sell it off for a tidy profit? In a world where a single employee can walk out of a corporation's front gate with assets worth millions...
Understanding America's Luddites
In 1995, shortly after the Washington Post published the Unabomber's manifesto, a "guess who" game became popular on talk radio. Prompted by a article written by Tony Snow, then of the Detroit News, the object was to correctly guess who wrote a particular...
Windjammer
A.D. "Pete" Correll has fond memories of growing up in coastal Brunswick, GA, and he still enjoys returning to that area for the occasional round of golf. A favorite destination for the 57-year-old head of Georgia-Pacific is the Ocean Forest Golf Club...