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4 Questions You’ll Need to Answer if You’re Planning to Spin Off a Business

The world of investing can always be counted on to get roiled when Warren Buffett—the Oracle of Omaha—speaks, and he has done so again with his criticism of spin-offs. But he’s getting a lot of pushback from other investment professionals—and from the markets themselves as they tend to keep favoring major companies’ spin-off moves.

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Creating Smart Splits: 3 Tips for Managing Your Talent During a Divestiture

As CEOs reassess their portfolios due to heightened competition, divestitures are playing a more important role in corporate strategy. In particular, there was an exceptional increase in high-profile announcements in the U.S. technology sector in 2014. The total value of first-half 2014 transactions jumped 62% over the value of transactions in the first six months of 2013. Mega-deals accounted for more than 35% of total first-half 2014 deal value, including five deals worth more than $43 billion each—a level of activity not witnessed since before the financial crisis.

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Bridging the Gap Between Shareholder Value and Customer Value

Shareholder value is an increasingly controversial topic in the C-suite. More and more business experts point to the unanticipated risks of the shareholder value approach, arguing that the purpose of a company must be to serve the customer, not to maximize short-term profits for shareholders.

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3 Ways You Can Expand Your Business Into New Areas

More CEOs and business chiefs today are exploring a wider range of opportunities for their companies than they’ve ever considered before. That’s one conclusion of the recently completed 18th Annual Global CEO Survey by PwC. More than half of CEOs surveyed (56%) believe it’s likely that their companies increasingly will compete in new industries over the next three years. Three in 10 entered a new sector or sub-sector in the past three years, and 21% have considered doing so.

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The Pros and Cons of Obama’s Corporate Tax Plan

President Obama and Congressional Republicans could come together around some version of the new plan in his budget bill for overhauling U.S. corporate taxes and linking it to boosting infrastructure spending. But CEOs and independent analysts see plenty of potential complications before any agreement that could significantly address both of these pressing national economic issues.

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Navigating Risk: How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Mistakes

In Against the Gods, the best-seller about the history of measuring risk, author Peter Bernstein writes that the difference between modern times and the past is the “mastery” of risk. Understanding, weighing and acting on risk is a fundamental task for chief executives.

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Activism Inside Out

In his new regular column for CE, Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld looks at when investor advocates cross the line.

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