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Winter 2007
Volume 48, Issue # 2

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What’s the Best Way to Pay Employees?

  • Read Time: 6 min 

Raises and bonuses are both effective for motivating people, but which is better for eliciting top performance?

Suing Your Software

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 3 min 

Stepped up regulation and liability are in store for the IT industry as software failures increasingly have the potential to disrupt lives.

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Conflict in the Workplace

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 3 min 

Everyone knows conflict in the workplace is a bad thing, right? Perhaps not, answers a team of six researchers. Specifically, they found that Americans, as opposed to East Asians, seem to believe that they can overcome personal conflicts with co-workers when it comes to the pursuit of profits.I

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Decision Downloading

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 20 min 

When a behind-the-scenes decision must be “downloaded” to employees, the way it is communicated has a lot to do with its acceptance and eventual success or failure.

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Collaborating for Systemic Change

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 28 min 

Meeting the sustainability challenge will require the kind of cross-sector collaboration for which there is still no real precedent. It must be co-created by various stakeholders by interweaving work in three realms: the conceptual, the relational and the action-driven.

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Should Business Care About Obesity?

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 9 min 

Obesity in the United States has reached crisis proportions. Is this yet another societal problem to be loaded onto the shoulders of business leaders? For several reasons, the answer is yes — and some companies are already showing what can be done to turn the tide.

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The Myth of Commoditization

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 12 min 

Executives, entrepreneurs and investors are too ready to believe that commodity is destiny. The result is a dulling of strategic focus and a narrowing of the business mind.

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The Science and Fiction of Meetings

  • Opinion & Analysis
  • Read Time: 9 min 

Employees spend increasing amounts of time in meetings and love to complain about them. But privately they see meetings as a productivity tool — one that companies can learn to use better.

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Viewing Brands in Multiple Dimensions

  • Read Time: 22 min 

Brands have a life and meaning independent of what their initiators intended. Managers must shepherd a brand‘s evolution so that the brand does not lose its roots in the past.

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Are You Underutilizing Your Board?

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 22 min 

Many companies are not getting full value from their boards, often because of weak or underutilized directors. A set of best practices can help companies avoid such waste at the top.

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Improving Work Conditions in a Global Supply Chain

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 27 min 

A comparison of two Mexican factories suggests that global companies should go beyond monitoring codes of conduct and attack the problem of poor working conditions at its source by collaborating with their suppliers to implement new management systems.

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The Benefits of a Coaching Culture

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 4 min 

The practice of coaching as a tool for work force and leadership development has gained popularity in recent years. In theory, coaching asks supervisors to spend more time giving constructive, individualized feedback on performance to subordinates, rather than barking orders and sending their troops to boot-camp training programs.