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Archives: September 2008

A Defining Moment

Posted by: Jena McGregor on September 26

It's always interesting to me to ask what CEOs are reading. Very rarely do I find that it's one of the hundreds of dull management guides that publishers churn...

Cell Phone Use and Tumors: Video of the First Congressional Hearing

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on September 25

Here's the link to a video of the first Congressional hearing in 15 years on cell phone use and tumors. The hearing occurred today in Washington, D.C. Also: a new...

$2 billion pay day for failure

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on September 25

The top executives at AIG, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Lehman and Goldman Sachs pulled down more than $2 billion in pay over the past five years according to a new...

Sexism Pays: The Mad Men Premium

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on September 22

Comes now a new study that finds that men who hold traditional views of women earn more than men who don't. The study also finds that women with egalitarian...

Memo to Conservative Companies: Web Surfing's Okay

Posted by: Jena McGregor on September 19

Here's an interesting statistic for a Friday, as you find your mind (and your mouse) wandering to the weekend. A survey by the Creative Group, a staffing division for advertising...

Blackberrying in Bed

Posted by: Jena McGregor on September 18

The following study comes from my colleague, Aili McConnon, who admits that yes, she does take her Blackberry into the bedroom... Do you take your PDA to bed? Scarily, the...

Financial Fallout: Can the 90-Day Honeymoon Survive?

Posted by: Jena McGregor on September 18

It is astonishing, really, to look back at the last three months and watch how fast AIG fell. When AIG's board announced that it was replacing Martin Sullivan with Chairman...

The Workplace's Newest Weight Loss Trick: The Moving Office

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on September 17

The wellness police have some new surpises for us. Coming soon to an office near you: treadmills that double as workstations. Walking meetings. Conference rooms outfitted with exercise bikes...

GE's Tumble: What the Analysts Say

Posted by: Jena McGregor on September 17

General Electric shareholders have had a bumpy ride in recent years, and the past few days have been even more uncomfortable. As of Wednesday's close, shares of the Fairfield, Conn.-based...

The New Power Suit: Power Less? The New Power Tie, the Power PDA?

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on September 17

The Street is burning. So is the idea of the power suit actually conveying any power. Since I am obsessed with all things sartorial, I couldn't help but be...

The Fed Bails Out AIG

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on September 16

Despite a lot of skepticism early in the day from Congressmen, including Banking Committee Chair Senator Christopher Dodd, the Federal Reserve Board is bailing out AIG. The Fed authorized the...

One Lehman Brothers Lesson: Lifestyle Portfolio Management

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on September 16

The BusinessWeek mothership sits directly across the street from Lehman Brothers' glassy new headquarters. The paparazzi stakeouts flanking the building make it easy to see that the firm, along...

CEO Turnover Falling

Posted by: Jena McGregor on September 04

It may be hot in August, but it was apparently a little cooler in corporate boardrooms this year than in years past. According to Liberum Research, which tracks executive turnover...

Coke's Marketing ROI

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on September 03

Coke has begun the process of measuring the return on its Beijing Olympic sponsorship and as befits a country of 1.3 billion, the numbers are BIG. The immediate results --...

Coke's Going for the Gold

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on September 03

There are many ways to measure the return on an Olympic sponsorship: incremental sales, increased brand awareness, perhaps new retail relationships. But when Coca-Cola announced its planned purchase of giant...

A Real Managing by the Numbers?

Posted by: Jena McGregor on September 02

For anyone who hasn't yet read my colleague Stephen Baker's fascinating book excerpt this week, Managing by the Numbers, check it out. Baker's new book, The Numerati, looks at the...


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