Issue 56, Autumn 2009
In this issue
- Any company that competes on the global stage must, in light of today’s changing workforce, rethink the way it manages people.
- Allowing employees access to online IT services, such as e-mail, desktop applications, and file storage, could save corporations money and improve productivity.
- New socially responsible trading networks seek to facilitate long-term profitable investment.
- Once associated with pirated goods, China’s shan zhai companies have become competitive players, even in mature industries.
- Amid layoffs and restructuring, many companies are rethinking, not discarding, their efforts to build worker capabilities.
- An innovative experiment in Florida shows the potential for more systemic collaboration as the catalyst for lower costs and improved quality.
- Companies like IBM and P&G have prospered by opening their borders, but there are cautionary lessons from the quality movement of the 1980s.
- Companies can improve their innovation performance by getting their formal and informal organizations in sync.
- The CEO of Silicon Valley–based design firm IDEO contends that elegant, customer-centric design stems from a simple set of thinking practices.
- The Internet, technology, and globalization have changed this age-old game for good.
- A review of Why GM Matters, by William J. Holstein.
- A review of The Silver Lining, by Scott D. Anthony.
- A review of Rules of Thumb, by Alan M. Webber.
- A review of Management Rewired, by Charles S. Jacobs.
- Team leaders who foster informal social ties with their subordinates are more likely to boost performance, reduce turnover, and keep team members happy.
- Consumers process only the most useful and appealing information presented in advertisements.
- How telecommuting policies affect productivity and work-family conflict.
- A winning product launch requires differentiation, positioning, personality, vision, and added value.
- Uncovering why a growing number of women are leaving the corporate workplace.