Management Review

Articles from Vol. 79, No. 6, June

A Commitment for Cooperation
The nation of japan has become a world economic power, second only to the United States. Congresswoman Helen Bentley (R-Md.) has asserted, Me United States is rapidly becoming a colony of Japan." Japan bashing appears to be at an all-time high. According...
A Global Call for Action
While industrialized nations combat Pollution through taxation, emerging nations are just beginning to confront the issue. DENMARK Short of land and disinclined to throw garbage into the North Sea, thrifty Denmark wants its citizens to recycle...
But Where Will I Play Golf?
If you drive past Du Ponts giant office complex on the comer of Lancaster Pike and Centre Road in Wilmington, Dela., this summer, you may notice something unusual: Only half the I manicured to the regulation 1.5 inch height favored by corporate landscapers....
Clear as Glass
Glass is 100 percent recyclable. In fact, all kinds of glass containers can be recycled into new bottles over and over again. Until recently, this bit of information may have been one of America's best-kept secrets. The truth is, glass recycling...
Clearing the Air over the Clean Air Act
Earlier this year, as debate on the Clean Air Act heated up, the Democrats proposed legislation to close any facility that continued to emit known carcinogens at a level perceived statistically to give nearby residents a greater than onein-a-million...
Controlling the Threat to Computer Security
In the United States today, computer security standards are primarily determined by bankers and accountants. Many managers of Fortune 1,000 corporations have assumed that if a particular security approach is good enough for banking, it is appropriate,...
Curing the Meetings Blues
The real problem is not that so many meetings are held, but that they are held so poorly. Meetings are done badly for several reasons and, like the mythical they," take the rap for what is really poor performance on the part of the participants. ...
Earth Day 1990: The Greening of American Business
here's been a profound change in the environment regarding The Environment. You may recall that the first Earth Day marchers were filmed by the FBI at the Nixon administration's behest. Their desire to retreat from nuclear energy to the windmills...
Environmental Investing: Let the Buyer Beware
All smart investment brokers understand the importance of playing to the times. So when Exxon spilled oil in Alaska, and the nation reacted with a collective., angry howl, the folks at Merrill Lynch (E.F. Hutton being no longer available) listened....
Grassroots Crusader
What happens in a small town when a whistle-blower takes the community's largest employers? The story of St. Gabriel, La., population 2,100, is a case in point. In 1986, pharmacist Kay Gaudet noticed an alarming trend: St. Gabriel women had an unusually...
Green about the Tills: Markets Discover the Eco-Consumer
Twenty years after the first Earth Day, every American is an environmentalist, or so it seems. In countless surveys, the majority of respondents express apprehension over the planets health. And it doesn't matter who asks the questions. The Council...
Greening the Apple
Their client base reads like a corporate Who's Who. The Council on the Environment of New York City, a quasi-government agency, has designed and installed nearly 175 organizational recycling programs in the Big Apple. Recycling in New York City...
How about a Good Word for Meetings?
Search the parks in all you, cities, You'll find no statues on committees. " -David Ogilvy High on many managers' lists of corporate time wasters are meetings. A camel is a horse designed by a committee," the pundits say, and "a meeting is a...
How Green Is My Supermarket?
Just when McDonald's takes steps to remove the styrofoam packaging from its Big Macs comes the news that the paper substitute-when deposited in a landfill-could outlast the Second Coming. American consumers have discovered that when they "throw...
Insecurity Spelled with Seven Es
Computer security is often too narrowly perceived in corporate America. In government work, espionage is considered the primary problem. A hospital is concerned with patient privacy, and a pharmaceutical company with formulas, test data and trade secrets....
It Isn't Easy Being Green
The Fresh Kills landfill in New York City, when completed, will be the largest manmade object on earth. It will dwarf the ancient pyramids and contain more volume than the Great Wall of China. Meanwhile, this 21st century Wonder of the World exudes...
It's Show Time, Folks
It's a corporate nightmare come true. Me company is in the midst of an environmental crises, the facts are not yet known, and suddenly the media is demanding to know who, what, where, when and why. Often, as crises develops, company managers and product...
London Clears the Air
The guard has certainly changed at Buckingham Palace. Bottles and paper products are collected for recycling. Chlorofluorocarbon sprays are a no-no and all cleansers used on the premises must be environmentally friendly. If YOU see the Duke of Edinburgh...
New Alternatives: The Green, Clean Fund
You can invest in "clean" stocks and still make a profit Take the case of New Alternatives, a small diversified mutual fund based in Great Neck, N.Y New Alternatives bills itself as "a fund concentrating in solar and alternative energy investment,"...
Only One Thing to Say: Plastics
Companies across America are beginning to support plastics recycling and with good reason. In weight, plastic products account for approximately 7 percent of the municipal solid waste in American landfills. In terms of volume, these same products represent...
Paper Money
The anti-litter campaign of recent decades sorely reminded us that wastepaper belongs in a wastepaper basket. But times change. And today's paper recycling movement is an education in and of itself. Those who are new to recycling learn soon enough...
Perot Speaks out on U.S. Competitiveness
Ross Perot, philanthropist, public servant and businessman extraordinaire, shot to public attention in 1979 after an Electronic Data Systems team under his direction successfully rescued two EDS employees held hostage in Iran. Perot had founded...
Return to Vendor: Aluminum Recycling
Back when the refuse barge Mobro was scouring the East Coast, desperately seeking a landfill, the Coca-Cola Co was phasing in an in-house recycling program at its Atlanta headquarters. In the summer of 87 the company installed internal deposit bins...
Teaching Environment to the B-Schools
Environment-it's the watchword for the 90s. Everyone is involved in one capacity or another-law schools study toxic torts, schools of public administration research ways to clean up the environment and corporations have developed managerial positions...
The Ad-Man with an Environmental Conscience
If environmentally conscious advertising sounds like an oxymoron to you, then you haven't met Stephen Garey. His advertising agency, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Garey & Associates, creates quality advertising for companies committed to products...
The Greening of Corporate America
In 1982, Du Pont pledged to reduce waste 35 percent by 1990. Not only is the company keeping its word, it has vowed to bring reductions to 70 percent by the turn of the century. The company also intends to reduce toxic air emmissions by 60 percent...
The Pampered Generation
It's one of the dirtiest decisions a new parent has to make. The diaper dilemma pits convenience (disposables) against con - . In the three decades since its introduction the throwaway diaper has all but pushed cloth out of the market for the bottom....
The Threat of Toxic Torts
You are a manager at a manufacturing company. While driving to work one morning, you hear on the radio that a large chemical spill at the company's key production facility has leaked hazardous chemicals into the ground. You arrive before 8:00 a.m....
The Valdez Principles
The consensus-from the factory floor to Mahagony Row to Friday night meetings at the Sierra Club-is that corporate America must install more safeguards to protect the environment. But how? One possible answer comes from the Boston-based Coalition for...
True or False?
How much do you know about your company's potential liability for polluting? Take this quiz to find out: 1. Always remaining in strict compliance with environmental laws is the best way to avoid pollution liability. FALSE: What a lot of...
Utilitarian Vision
The word vision isn't often applied to the utilities industry, but if George Shaheen, managing partner of Anderson Consulting, has his way, that may soon change as utilities face an increasingly unregulated future. Years ago," he told a recent gathering...