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  • For Startups, Ideas Matter

    by Matt Palmquist
    Predicting a startup’s success before the venture is even launched may seem impossible. But entrepreneurs and investors should never overlook the value of assessing the basic concept behind the business.
  • Don’t Sweat the Swanky Stuff

    by Matt Palmquist
    C-suite executives with criminal records in their personal lives are more likely to commit fraud than their law-abiding but free-spending counterparts. 
  • Merging across Borders

    by Matt Palmquist
    Given the growing number of international mergers, managers must overcome cultural differences with foreign colleagues to avoid the type of friction that can devalue a deal.
  • Putting the Naysayers in the Spotlight

    by Matt Palmquist
    Early adopters get most of the attention from analysts and marketers, but focusing on consumers who are resistant to innovations is another way to bring new products to market.
  • What to Expect from Off-Site Meetings

    by Matt Palmquist
    Workshops in another setting can provide employees with a valuable means of thinking critically about their company’s vision.
  • The Subtleties of CSR in Hard Times

    by Matt Palmquist
    Many corporations reduced their investments in sustainable initiatives during the recent recession — but some relatively high-performing firms actually increased their long-term commitment to CSR.
  • Navigating the Crowdfunding Landscape

    by Matt Palmquist
    Online peer-based fundraising tools have the potential to disrupt traditional investing models, but entrepreneurs and investors must overcome existing cultural and government barriers.
  • Serving the Silver Generation

    by Matt Palmquist
    Firms on the forefront of innovation often concentrate on introducing new products to younger consumers, but an aging population gives companies fresh opportunities as well.
  • The How and When of Getting Back to Work

    by Matt Palmquist
    Employees who get injured or sick on the job are returning to work much sooner than they did in the past, but companies have varied reasons for accommodating their injured workers.
  • Making Room for Mr. Mom

    by Matt Palmquist
    Working fathers are placing more importance on their familial obligations, and companies must react to this societal shift.
  • Frenemies with Benefits

    by Matt Palmquist
    When their profit goals differ, fiercely competitive firms may decide to collaborate with each other on complementary offerings.
  • The Not-So-Rosy Reality of Startups

    by Matt Palmquist
    Managers of startup companies should carefully balance their goals of expansion against the reality of cutbacks and downsizing.
  • The Unexpected Benefits of Product Returns

    by Matt Palmquist
    Product returns are typically seen as a necessary headache and a cost drain. But companies can use their return policies to enhance customer loyalty and increase profits.
  • Are Online Reviews the New Focus Group?

    by Matt Palmquist
    Online consumer reviews of new products are more than just word of mouth — they also can provide companies with early (and free) advice on how to improve products.
  • When CEO Star Power Backfires

    by Matt Palmquist
    Companies can significantly influence the media visibility of their CEO with certain kinds of press releases — but having a prominent CEO can also work to shareholders’ detriment.
  • The Advantages of a Diverse Board

    by Matt Palmquist
    When it comes to corporate multiculturalism, it’s the relationship between an ethnically diverse board and its CEO that makes the biggest difference for leading firms.
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