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  SPECIAL REPORTS
Best Global Brands
These 100 brands are among the world's most recognized—and most valuable

Best Places to Launch a Career
We canvassed career-services directors, employers, and students to rank the best companies for recent graduates

BusinessWeek 50
Our picks of the top-performing companies from the S&P 500. Plus, regional rankings for Asia and Europe:
Asia's BusinessWeek 50
Europe's BusinessWeek 50

Customer Service Champs
Companies that excel at pleasing customers, based on J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction data and our own reader survey

Hot Growth 100
From young, upstart companies to those that have been around for centuries: Plus, regional rankings of top-performing small businesses in Asia and Europe:
Asia's Hot Growth 100
Europe's Hot Growth 100

Info Tech 100
Emerging-market cellular players, wireless phone and gear makers, and Web giants are this year's stars

World's Most Innovative Companies
Nurturing, creative cultures allow these companies to wow customers with innovative products and services

More Special Reports

International Business News, Business News, Technology Industry News
COVER STORY

Smashing The Clock
No schedules. No mandatory meetings. Inside Best Buy's radical reshaping of the workplace
COVER IMAGE:  No Schedules. No Meetings. (No Joke.)
GRAPHIC:  Off The Leash
Let Them Go
Flextime: Honing The Balance
ONLINE EXTRA:  How to Kill Meetings


GLOBAL BUSINESS

China's First Global Capitalist

Surprise: Oil Woes In Iran

Thinking Simple At Philips


UP FRONT

Talk Show

A Peek Into The Hedges

The Napster Kid Turns To Warcraft

Now That's Customer Service

Idle Hours Are A Parent's Nightmare

What The Rich Are Buying Now

How Much Will Parents Pony Up?

Found Art

Vouchers Flunk The Midterms

Question Of The Week


READERS REPORT

Telecom Italia: Romano Prodi Responds

What Government Policy Can And Can't Do

Executive Pay: Define Goals And See If CEOs Measure Up


CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

"Harvesting Green Power" (Special Report, Nov. 13, 2006)

"Don't Wait Till April" (Personal Finance, Dec. 4, 2006)


TECHNOLOGY & YOU

For Puzzled Seniors Only


MEDIA CENTRIC

The Google/YouTube Come-On


BUSINESS OUTLOOK

U.S.: Why Capital Spending Should Pick Up Again

Employment: Harder Times For Hard Hats?


THE BUSINESS WEEK

Xmas Gloom?

Reading The Economy

Brother, Can You Spare $18 Billion?

Options Scandal Watch

Exchange Mates

From Bentonville To Bangalore

Airline M&A Mania

Pfizer Slims Down

Painkiller Relief

Could Nestlé Gobble Gerber?

Exit Of The Week


NEWS & INSIGHTS

Wagoner's Fighting Chance
"Just As Good As Toyota" Is A Tough Sell
ONLINE EXTRA:  GM's Turnaround in Europe
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show -- See GM's Hot New Outlook
ONLINE EXTRA:  Saturn's Great New Outlook

Why The Times Could Go Private

A Farewell To ARMs? Not Quite Yet

Commentary: Excuse Me, Mr. Chairman…

Where A Teacher Can Make Millions


INFO TECH

The eBay Model Goes To The Movies
ONLINE EXTRA:  Podcast: New Player: inDplay

NetSuite Gets Ready For Its Close-Up


ENTREPRENEURS

Where The Rubber Is The Roadside


SCITECH

When A Winner Starts To Wane
Kills Pain, Cures Rabies, And Grows Hair


2006 ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Designed For Success


EXECUTIVE LIFE

Finely Tailored Vacations


EXECUTIVE LIFE -- PARKER ON WINE

The Organic Essence Of Provence
ONLINE EXTRA:  Parker on Wine: Pure Provencal Wines


PERSONAL FINANCE

The Science Of Smart Giving
ONLINE EXTRA:  Slide Show: The Art of Creative Giving

A New Way To Beat The Market?


INSIDE WALL STREET

Liberty Rings The Bell

Why A Spin-Off May Spark Duke Energy

Two Allos Drugs Are Taking Aim At Cancer


FIGURES OF THE WEEK

Figures of the Week (.pdf)

Online Extra: Production Index Components


IDEAS -- BOOKS

The Reliable Killer


IDEAS -- OUTSIDE SHOT

Let's Pay Up For Alzheimer's


IDEAS -- THE WELCH WAY

Growing Up But Staying Young 
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