JP Donlon

JP Donlon is the Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine.

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The Customer-Centered Enterprise

E-commerce is transforming every firm into an e-business where the customer is at the center of a communications infrastructure. CEOs agree that it’s not easy, nor cheap, but neither is it optional.

JP Donlon January 1 1999

Globalization-and Its Discontents

Is the erosion of cultural values and the decline of family and tradition the inevitable price of globalization? No, says social critic William Bennett, who argues that business leaders have a stake in the cultural consequences of more freedom and easy money. Free markets allow us to do well, but, he asks, are we doing nobly?

JP Donlon January 1 1999

After the Euro…Now What?

Within weeks, the euro will have arrived. But will the true single market ever become reality?

JP Donlon December 1 1998

Does Welfare to Work Work?

Getting people off welfare rolls is easy. It’s getting them on employment payrolls—and keeping them there—that’s complicated. Public and private sector experience suggests how this can best be achieved.

JP Donlon December 1 1998

Final Trumpets

Last year, CE gathered CEO veterans of the Vietnam era to explore the leadership lessons learned from that experience. Chief among them is a healthy skepticism—some would argue disrespect—for authority, making trust and team building that much more critical. Equally important is perspective—perspective on life, people, and what’s truly important. In that spirit, CE teamed up with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in gathering CEO vets to continue the dialogue.

JP Donlon December 1 1998

Measuring the Value of Your Investment

One need not resort to quantum physics or probabilistic outcomes calculations to better understand the business returns to IT investment. First, be clear about what you’re asking the IT investment to do. The measures you select will drive behaviors accordingly.

JP Donlon November 1 1998

Rolling the Dice

In Snake Eyes, Brian DePalma’s current movie thriller starring Nicolas Cage, the plot revolves around the assassination of a Secretary [...]

JP Donlon October 1 1998

Zen and the Art of “Motorcycle” Marketing

Desperate to pierce the clutter of multiple messages, companies are taking a page from the sports marketers playbook-advancing their messages in the form of sponsorship of the arts. museums, and all manner of social and community causes. Does cause-related or “intellectual” marketing work? Since hard measures are nonexistent, much depends on. one’s expectations. CE gathered CEOs in both the profit and nonprofit world to compare notes.

JP Donlon October 1 1998

The Fourth Comes Forth

To paraphrase Craig Barrett’s predecessor, it’s wise to stay paranoid.

JP Donlon October 1 1998

Marathon Man

CEO Bill Steere says there is more to Pfizer than its little blue pill, which has already outstripped Prozac as the fastest selling drug in history. A strong focus on applied research and a formidable sales force has vaulted the company to within breathing distance of Merck. The question is, can Steere go the distance?

JP Donlon September 1 1998

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