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Bimonthly journal publishing scholarly articles written by business management professionals.

Articles from September/October

An Interview with Michael Useem
Michael Useem is the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is The...
Bp and Public Issues (Mis)management
BP's horrible missteps after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded were almost predictable, given the culture of deceit and arrogance that executive actions had encouraged. While the accident could have been prevented, BP might have avoided its intense...
Emotion: What It Takes to Be a Product Leader
Many companies have outstanding products in terms of performance, technology and features. And yet, surprisingly, sales don't take off. Readers of this article will learn how leading products and services captivate the marketplace by having more than...
Executives Should Take Note of the Austrian School of Economics
The thinking of Frederick Hayek and his fellow economists in the Austrian school is sometimes seen as an antidote for misdirected government intervention. Whether you but into it or not, executives would do well to learn more about such thinking, if...
How to Lead Consultants to Exceed Expectations
If a client doesn't control the consulting relationship, a project will fall short of expectations. Only when clients engage consultants based on merit and manage those consultants carefully, and only when company staff are seen as integral as the individual...
Leader-Sheep: Lessons Learned from the Crisis
While the economic crisis has exposed poorly performing companies, it has most of all exposed poorly performing CEOs. Readers of this article will learn an important lesson: What qualities make a leader the most and what enables those leaders to endure...
Leadership and the First and Last Mile of Sustainability
The drive to build a sustainable company starts at the top, and is actively led all along the way by the CEO. Readers of this article will learn how the CEOs of two very different companies embraced sustainability and embedded the best practices for...
Leadership: Reflections on Lessons Learned in the Canadian Navy
There may be no better training ground for being a good leader than the armed forces. This Ivey professor served in the Canadian Navy and the lessons he learned more than 20 years ago have guided his own life and his approach to teaching leadership....
Leading from the Centre: What Ceos Can Learn from U.S. Presidents
In politics, the dogmatic leader is rarely as successful as the pragmatist. So too in the world of business, where a CEO who leads from the centre and respects consensus is the CEO who is an effective leader. Readers of this article will learn from history...
Learning from Experience
"If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past."~Chinese ProverbMuch has been said and written about the recent global financial and economic crisis. We heard about the governments, companies and executives who made short-sighted...
Theme: Leadership
Some years ago, the Blackglama mink company developed a magazine ad campaign that featured the likes of Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand wearing nothing - it appeared - but a gorgeous Persian lamb coat against their bare skin. The...
Why Corporate Leaders Block the Candor They Say They Want
Most of the everyday communication between employees and managers is anything but truthful and candid.This iconoclast and management professor describes how leaders can create an environment in which the spoken truth will be recognized and rewarded.Speaking...
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