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Time after time companies doing business in emerging economies have weathered criticism for their poor environment and labor practices, and over the past decade, many multinationals have addressed these sort of issues in their supply chains, with varying degrees of success. Now, companies face an...
Ron Johnson
When Ron Johnson started his retail career 30 years ago, the man who would go on to create the retail experience that we now know as the Apple Store, was entering “a startup field.” Venture capitalists were funding retailers not technology companies. “That's when Mickey (Millard) Drexler first...
Silhouette of a man drinking wine.
The next time you are tempted at the cocktail reception to gulp your wine before you head to the table, think again. New research suggests you'll actually enjoy the wine more if you drink it while you nibble, and enjoy it more and sooner in the future if you don't continue drinking until you are...
Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling testifying on Capitol Hill.
During the darkest days of the financial crisis, banks came under scathing criticism for using traditional accounting practices to minimize their massive losses tied to junk mortgages. The culprit, according to many financial reformers, was the practice of valuing financial assets on the basis of...
Sanofi-Aventis CEO Chris Viehbacher and Genzyme CEO Henri Termeer
Here’s a tip for those who like to predict corporate takeovers: Look for companies where the chief executive is turning 65. Not 63, mind you. And not 67. The magical moment for mergers is specifically the traditional retirement age of 65. A new paper coauthored by Dirk Jenter, associate professor...
Marc Andreessen
When Facebook bought a fledgling company called WhatsApp for $19 billion earlier this year, many analysts warned that Silicon Valley was in the midst of a bubble, not unlike the one that burst in the spring of 2000. Companies are wildly overvalued, they fretted, and the boom is going to end soon...
employees and managers talking
Sometimes, when a CEO addresses his or her employees, less is more. That’s what Nir Halevy, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, found when he and Yair Berson, a professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, examined the way in which leaders — whether they are country presidents, chief...

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