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Fall 2008
Volume 50, Issue # 1

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The Oh-So-Practical Magic of Open-Source Innovation

  • Interview
  • Read Time: 14 min 

A conversation with MySQL chief Marten Mickos about the day-to-day realities of making open source work, the new outcomes of enlightened self-interest, and why there’s no risk that you could rip off MySQL no matter how much they let you see.

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Wanted: Time to Think

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 14 min 

In her biography of the Nobel Prizewinning geneticist Barbara McClintock, Evelyn Fox Keller asks, “What enabled McClintock to see further and deeper into the mysteries of genetics than her colleagues?”1 Keller answers that McClintock was able to take the time to look and to hear what the material had to

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How to Have Influence

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 19 min 

The difference between effective and ineffective change makers is that the effective ones don’t rely on a single source of influence. They marshal several sources at once to get superior results.

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6 Steps to (Re)Building a Top Management Team

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 16 min 

Most mergers fail because the newly constructed management team has been put in no position to actually lead. Can the pitfalls faced by merged teams be avoided, and the opportunities seized? Here are six guidelines for setting up new management to succeed.

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Portrait of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler by Pablo Picasso.

Why Picasso Outearned van Gogh

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 3 min 

Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso had a lot in common. They each had a distinctive style of painting that has become immediately identifiable. Think of “The Starry Night” or “Three Musicians.&

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How to Retain Talent in India

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 5 min 

Over the years, researchers have proven that when it comes to retaining employees, money does not buy happiness. Most human resources professionals know that while workers welcome pay raises, the boost in satisfaction that comes with extra money typically does not last, nor do raises alone keep employees loyal.

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Collaborating With the Right Partners

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 5 min 

“Not invented here” has become an outdated mind-set in the modern corporation, as shrinking product life cycles and rapid technological evolution have opened corporate attitudes toward external research and development partners. Yet three business school professors conclude that companies should be careful when selecting the partners with whom they collaborate.C

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Customer Education Increases Trust

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 4 min 

Companies that provide professional services have not always been eager to invest in customer education initiatives. For such companies, it has remained unclear what economic benefit they would gain by providing customers with the skills and abilities needed to become more knowledgeable customers.

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Rethinking Procurement in the Era of Globalization

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 14 min 

What used to be a matter of finding and purchasing goods and services at the most favorable price has changed. At some companies, procurement has become closely intertwined with strategic decision making and board policy at the highest levels of the organization.