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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.

The Plantagenet Connection

Captains of industry constantly seek to glean valuable lessons from the pages of history, but they usually consult the wrong models. Almost nothing can be learned from the management styles of Attila the Hun or Genghis Khan, who never had to fret about maximizing shareholder value, and the same is true of Julius Caesar and George S. Patton, who rarely ...

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Whose Ox Was Gore-d?

Global warming has now officially joined the ranks of topics it is no longer acceptable to make light of. Due to the stunning popularity of Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, which looks an awful lot like those public service documentaries they used to show during sixth period in the high school auditorium-The United States Department of Agriculture: Fun and ...

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Crashing Boards


Investors consistently ask why directors at Enron, Tyco, Adelphi and a host of other scandal  plagued corporations did not take steps to prevent the carnage wrought by their megalomaniac CEOs. For the answer to this question, we must look at the hit film Wedding Crashers. In Wedding Crashers, a pair of lovable scoundrels (Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn) persistently crash weddings ...

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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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