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Joe Queenan is a regular contributor on business issues, corporate culture, and financial follies to Barron's and The Wall Street Journal.

Office Casualties

Several years ago, a number of American corporations began allowing their employees to dress casually for work one day a week. This revolutionary sartorial development had its roots in the software industry, specifically in Silicon Valley, where countercultural values of the 1960s have long held sway and where everyone dresses badly. But it has since spread across the nation, resulting ...

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Time For An Exchange of Ideas

Like many Americans, I was devastated when news got out that the American Stock Exchange was up for sale. From a traditionalist’s perspective, it was the worst news since Rockefeller Center was taken over by a Japanese buyer years ago. The very idea that the venerable exchange, once known as “The Curb,” had reached such a low point that it ...

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Scanning for Superiority

A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented a hand-held electronic device that can instantaneously tell a consumer whether the manufacturer of a product is a “good corporate citizen.” Encased within what The New York Times refers to as a “Cold-War-Era Geiger Counter,” this somewhat bulky object contains a bar code reader equipped with a database listing ...

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