Archives: August 2008

Micromanagement: Is Your Boss Going to Start Using Sensors On You?

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 29

Talk about frightening workplace technology: This story in the Economist highlights new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in which researchers strapped high-tech "identity badges" to workers to study...

More Confusion over Corporate Taxes

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on August 27

As McCain and Obama argue over corporate taxes (McCain says cut them, Obama says oil companies should pay more) data continues to pile up. What it all means, though, is...

GE's Olympic Score

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 25

Well, the Olympics are over, and Michael Phelps may be going home with eight gold medals, but he might as well start receiving GE dividends. The extraordinary swimmer helped to...

Executive Pay Rising, But More "Shareholder Friendly." Huh?

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 21

There must be something about summer and surveys. My inbox has been filling up with them even more than usual. Particularly frequent in recent weeks have been studies on executive...

Summer Reading

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 21

There's not much time left in the summer, but if you're at the beach and scoping out something business-related to read, this looks like a good pick. Noted author and...

For Big Retailers, It's Back to the Basics

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 19

Today's headlines are filled with bad news from retailers. Target posted second quarter profits that were down 7.6%. Staples warned its quarterly results would be lower. Even tony Saks, whose...

Knowing When Not to Fold 'Em

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 19

Sometimes, I find the ranting from Tom Peters on his blog a little much to handle. But yesterday's post, in his typically contrarian style, is at least a little inspiring...

HR Meets the Supply Chain

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 18

One of the big ideas these days in human resources is that the function can learn a lot from their friends over in supply chain logistics. As people skills and...

Tax Holidays

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on August 12

It's August, so you may be on vacation. But for an awful lot of corporations operating in the US, every day is a tax holiday. So says a report out...

Goodbye, COO

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on August 11

As part of its recent shakeup, coffee house uber-chain Starbucks did away with its chief operating officer, apparently to give founder, and recently returned CEO, Howard Schultz "a direct line...

So That's Why They Always Criticize Stock Analysts....

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 08

It's not surprising, perhaps, but I'm always amused with how many CEOs are quick to criticize stock analysts and their short-term views of their stocks. That may be true, but...

Management by Freek

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 08

I'm always on the lookout for good management blogs to read, but they're a fairly rare breed, especially ones written by business school profs. For example, I'm a big...

Wither Mass Customization?

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on August 06

I recently came across Keds new Design Studio inviting customers to design their own footwear, or at least modify it a bit. Though it looks to be aimed more at...

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