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Issue 59, Summer 2010

In this issue

Herman Miller’s Design for Growth, Why We Hate the Oil Companies, Getting Tensions Right, and More

Cover story

  • Leading Outside the Lines

    by Jon Katzenbach and Zia Khan
    Integrating formal metrics and informal communication can lead to new levels of performance.


  • The Third Billion

    by DeAnne Aguirre and Karim Sabbagh
    As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.
  • Surviving State Capitalism

    by Art Kleiner
    Political risk expert Ian Bremmer argues that the prevailing Western corporate model faces stiff competition from government-controlled economies.
  • It Makes Sense to Adjust

    by Vinay Couto, Frank Ribeiro, and Andrew Tipping
    Business transformation is now a continuous process that most companies haven’t mastered. Here’s a formula for managing ongoing change.
  • The Promise of the Cloud Workplace

    by Andrew Jones
    Freelancers are turning to “co-working” environments for better workplace interaction. Companies could use them to boost productivity.
  • The Importance of Frugal Engineering

    by Vikas Sehgal, Kevin Dehoff, and Ganesh Panneer
    Providing new goods and services to “bottom of the pyramid” customers requires a radical rethinking of product development.
  • Cleaning the Crystal Ball

    by Tim Laseter, Casey Lichtendahl, and Yael Grushka-Cockayne
    How intelligent forecasting can lead to better decision making.
  • Measures of Leadership

    by Joe Saddi, Karim Sabbagh, and Richard Shediac
    To develop new executive talent in the Middle East, regional leaders are examining the roots of their own success.


  • The Two Faces of Power

    by Matt Palmquist
    Powerful people often hold others to high standards, but break the rules themselves.
  • Managing Criticism

    by Matt Palmquist
    Strategies for effectively responding to negative evaluations by influential outsiders.
  • Broader Reach, More Innovation

    by Matt Palmquist
    Executives can promote innovative thinking in their managers by holding them accountable for more than what they directly control.
  • Does Location Really Matter?

    by Matt Palmquist
    For innovation-based companies, being located in an industry cluster has long been thought to enhance long-term financial prospects. This research suggests otherwise.
  • Follow the Money

    by Matt Palmquist
    Understanding how money makes its way from institutional investors to venture capitalists to entrepreneurs.