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The View’s Still Great From the Corner Office

WITH so many celebrity chief executives spending more time in courtrooms than in boardrooms these days, the race for the corner office may seem to be losing its appeal.   But John F. Welch Jr., the former chief executive of General Electric and the co-author, with his wife, Suzy, of “Winning” (HarperBusiness, 2005, $27.95), says he thinks that the climate of ...

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Outsourcing As a Sign of Strength

THE positive aspects of outsourcing technology work to India are often overlooked in the United States, says Shirish Netke, who was known for his work in developing the Java computing language while at Sun Microsystems. He is now chief strategy officer of American operations for Aztec Software, based in Bangalore, a company with $30 million a year in sales that ...

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The Multinational As Cultural Chameleon

 AMERICAN multinational companies face many challenges these days, including possible adverse reaction to American policies in Iraq, says Ronald M. DeFeo, chief executive of the Terex Corporation of Westport, Conn. Terex, a maker of construction and industrial equipment, has annual sales of $5 billion, of which 61 percent comes from outside the United States. Here are excerpts from a recent ...

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A Wave of Mergers, Not Yet at Its Crest

THE current wave of mergers and acquisitions is just the beginning of a major period of corporate consolidation, says Dennis J. Block, co-chairman of M.&A. for the New York law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, who has played a role in many mergers. Here are excerpts from a recent conversation:  Q. We’re seeing proposed mergers like Procter & Gamble’s plan ...

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The Alpha Currency? It’s Still the Dollar

FEARS that the dollar could go into a free fall because of big budget and trade deficits are overblown, says Henry Kaufman, known for his longtime work as an economist at Salomon Brothers, where he was often bearish about American economic prospects. Now 77, he is an independent consultant and is on the board of Lehman Brothers. Here are excerpts ...

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The Chinese Way To Brand Identity

A CHINESE company’s plan to acquire I.B.M.’s personal computer division is just one example of current Chinese efforts to buy or build recognizable brand names in the United States, says Oded Shenkar, professor of international business at the Fisher College of Business of Ohio State University and the author of “The Chinese Century” (Wharton School Publishing, $25.95). Here are excerpts ...

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OFFICE SPACE: ARMCHAIR M.B.A.; Finding a Sea Less Crowded

AMERICAN companies spend too much time competing in narrowly defined industries and, as a result, face relentless downward pressure on profits, say W.Chan Kim and Reneé Mauborgne, professors at Insead, the French business school, and authors of a new book, “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant” (Harvard Business School Press). Here are ...

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Do Manufacturers Need Federal Help?

BIG business needs help from the government if American manufacturing is to remain competitive, says J.T. Battenberg III, chairman and chief executive of Delphi, the auto parts and mobile electronics company. Here are excerpts from a recent conversation:  Q. What’s the biggest problem for manufacturers in the United States?  A. The cost structure. Many of the U.S. labor contracts signed ...

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Recast the Hardware? Easy. Now Try the Mind-Set

A SUBSTANTIAL internal cultural shift is under way at I.B.M. so that it can remain a leader in innovation and better serve its customers, says Linda S. Sanford, the senior vice president in charge of the company’s efforts at transformation. Here are some excerpts from a recent conversation with her:  Q. Why are companies pushing so hard to transform themselves? ...

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