JP Donlon

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

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Global Wake-Up Call

In the scramble to capture a piece of the world telecoms market—projected to reach $1 trillion by 2000—expect to see more deals than dial tones. With the acquisition of MCI, British Telecom’s Sir Peter Bonfield faces the daunting task of creating a seamless global organization from two disparate cultures. Now on the crest of the cross-border wave, he must grapple for growth even as competition drives prices down—and rivals into one another’s arms.

JP Donlon April 27 1997

A Wired World

A Doonesbury cartoon of the early 1980s got it right. Mike Doonesbury asks a store manager, “Excuse me, sir. Do [...]

JP Donlon April 1 1997

Can Europe Compete?

“Europe has the highest standard of living,” quipped MIT economist Rudi Dornbusch at February’s World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. “too bad it cant afford it.” Is Europe falling behind North-America and Asia- Pacific? The growing rift between U.K and its EU partners centers on two visions of Europe’s future.

JP Donlon April 1 1997

Reflection On Russia

Despite five years of capitalism, many corporate leaders remain wary of investing in Russia. According to the European Bank for [...]

JP Donlon March 1 1997

The Trouble With Social Security

Demographic trends are catching up with inherent flaws in our nation’s retirement program. In about a decade, the baby-boom generation will begin to retire, forcing sharp rises in outlays that will bankrupt the system. As the day of reckoning edges closer, employees and employers alike are asking, “should we trust the government with our retirement?”

JP Donlon March 1 1997

Computing’s Second Punic War

Java, the network-centric computing platform, is Sun Microsystems’s serious bid for business users. With it, CEO Scott McNealy is setting in motion a wider conflict over who will control computing’s future.

JP Donlon March 1 1997

Trading Up

Having leaped ahead in underwriting to assume Drexel Burnham’s mantle as king of the junk bond market, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette is elbowing its way toward the senior ranks of Wall Street players under the direction of CEO John Steele Chalsty. Does it have the managerial resources to continue to grow and take on the big boys without stumbling?

JP Donlon January 1 1997

Knowledge Capital

CEOs today realize that corporate assets include more than capital, property, technology, and personnel. Increasingly, the value-added advantage of a company isn’t what it makes but what it knows. The question is, are CEOs ready to remake their organizations into knowledge-centered enterprises? Roundtable CEOs here explore the steps to take.

JP Donlon January 1 1997

Been There; Done That

In April 1993, CE launched its first annual review of the best and worst corporate boards. It was the brainchild [...]

JP Donlon January 1 1997

Strategic Agility

In a world where speed, flexibility, and customer value put a premium on organizations able to reinvent themselves overnight in response to global demand, agility is becoming the new competitive metric.

JP Donlon December 1 1996

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