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Dale Buss
Dale Buss is a long-time contributor to Chief Executive, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other top-flight business publications. He lives in Michigan.

Recovering Detroit Economy Still Challenges CEOs

Business chiefs, even many across the country, have a complex relationship with Detroit. Many recognize its vast shortcomings and still employ it as a symbol of industrial and social decay. Many others instead latch on to the real renaissance occurring in the Motor City and point to it as an inspiring phoenix of a town. Still others do both.

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Alibaba’s IPO Has Strong Implications for Tech CEOs

Alibaba and Founder Jack Ma have exploded onto the global technology and investment scene via a record IPO and a valuation of more than $200 billion. Now American high-tech CEOs believe another earth-shattering move by Alibaba is inevitable. Could the Chinese internet giant perhaps even bid to acquire one of the icons of the U.S. digital industry?

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The War for Great Talent Rages On Despite Slight Employment Gains

Gains are still coming grudgingly in the U.S. employment market, but for many business chiefs, it seems like boom times again in at least one important respect: The “war for talent” has returned, posing challenges for an increasing number of companies and industries that depend on recruiting and retaining the right people for competitive advantage.

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Fast-Food CEOs Are Caught in Perfect Storm of Woes

If you think you’ve got problems, maybe you should be running a fast-food company these days. The challenges faced by CEOs and brand owners and franchisees in the quick-serve-restaurant (QSR) business begin with disinterested customers, stretch to striking workers, include problems with products and positioning, and extend to increasingly formidable competition, along with increasing pressure from legislation.

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Factoryless Goods Producers Will Maintain Non-Manufacturer Status for Now

The only true way to track the re-growth of U.S. manufacturing is to use reliable statistics about the output of America’s factories and the people they employ. That reality was behind the Obama administration’s recent decision to shelve a controversial proposal to reclassify ‘factoryless’ goods producers as U.S. manufacturers despite the positive sheen it would have placed on the nation’s manufacturing efforts.

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