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Winter 2008
Volume 49, Issue # 2

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Does Corporate Governance Matter?

  • Research Highlight
  • Read Time: 3 min 

There comes a time when corporate governance has little influence over performance, because competitive forces cut away at management fat. That's according to researchers at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, who studied the performance of companies before and after 30 anti-takeover laws were passed in different states between 1985 and 1991.

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When Supplier Partnerships Aren’t

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 24 min 

Dual accountability between a buyer and its strategic suppliers, through tools such as a Two-Way Scorecard, is a new and tangible approach to improving supply chain relationships.

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Enabling Bold Visions

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 27 min 

A CEO’s new vision often blurs into an indistinct image once the initial blitz is over. To ensure that the vision is more than just a daydream, companies should follow a five-phase model that some organizations have used successfully to avoid disaster or complacency.

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Institutionalizing Innovation

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 25 min 

Building an engine that produces a steady stream of innovative growth businesses is difficult, but companies that are able to do it differentiate themselves from competitors.

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Implementing a Learning Plan to Counter Project Uncertainty

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 22 min 

For any breakthrough innovation project, specific objectives are often unclear or highly malleable, and the paths to them are murky. Rather than feign a certainty that doesn’t exist, project managers need a systematic, disciplined framework for turning uncertainty into useful learning that keeps the project tacking on a successful course.

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When Bad People Rise to the Top

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 15 min 

Surprisingly often, executives with impressive track records are mysteriously transformed into corrupt and tyrannical monsters once they become CEOs. What danger signals do these individuals exhibit, and what measures can be taken to reduce the likelihood of hiring them?

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How Companies Become Platform Leaders

  • Research Feature
  • Read Time: 25 min 
Under the right circumstances, companies of any size can grow to become platform leaders. And particular business and technology decisions can help platform-leader wannabes achieve their goals.