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  • What corporate boards can learn from Delaware

    Delaware law protects against board abuses by prescribing two well-known duties members owe to stockholders.

    By Scott Kupor

    FORTUNE -- Here's a catch-22: While someone starting a cosmetics company, for example, would prefer to surround themselves with the best and brightest in both industry domain expertise (someone who knows the cosmetics industry) and functional domain expertise (someone who knows direct-to-consumer marketing), they'd probably do exactly the opposite if their company were MORE

    Apr 18, 2014 11:01 AM ET
  • Should all interns get paid?

    Internships aren't jobs, so the same rules shouldn't apply.

    By Sanjay Sanghoee

    FORTUNE -- As we head from spring into summer, many college students are planning their vacations while those looking to get their first taste of the working world are likely hunting for internships.

    It is estimated that U.S. companies hire about 1.5 million interns each year, half of them on an unpaid basis. Working for free might not be a MORE

    Apr 17, 2014 10:45 AM ET
  • This is how bureaucracy dies

    Eventually, every firm will discover that it's quite possible to manage without managers.

    By Gary Hamel

    (TheMIX) -- If you've spent a lifetime accumulating and wielding bureaucratic power, and if you've calibrated your career progress by the steps you've taken up the corporate ladder, or by the number of people who work for you, or the perks you've been awarded, or the scope of your authority, then envisioning a world in MORE

    Apr 16, 2014 1:28 PM ET
  • Why Brooklyn Law cut its tuition

    The law school recently cut its sticker price by 15%. Dean Nicholas Allard explains the school's rationale.

    By Maya Itah

    (TippingTheScales) -- When Brooklyn Law School announced earlier this month that it would cut tuition by 15%, it sounded less like a briefing and more like a battle cry.

    "It's not just the 15% that we're reducing here," Brooklyn Law Dean Nicholas Allard says of the cut, which will go into effect MORE

    Apr 15, 2014 10:56 AM ET
  • How to get employees to be more entrepreneurial

    As companies compete on innovation and speed, decision-making comes less from executives at the top. Here are five ways to instill leadership across your organization.

    By Deborah Ancona

    FORTUNE -- Organizational change has never been easy, but in the past it was a little more straightforward. Fifty years ago, companies followed a basic blueprint. They had heroic leaders -- a CEO and an elite top layer of management -- who had MORE

    Apr 15, 2014 10:44 AM ET
  • Getting along at work: A primer on personal intelligence

    Many challenges at the office come down to managing our own personalities.

    By John D. Mayer

    FORTUNE -- Most of us would prefer to get through the workday without a scuffle. After all, very few of us are actively looking for a fight.

    That said, getting along with our colleagues is no walk in the park, and this tension can influence our performance. Sometimes, an employee in our department is simply the MORE

    Apr 14, 2014 12:57 PM ET
  • Golden Parachutes: Why it's bad business

    Exorbitant payouts to executives for leaving violates the idea of pay-for-performance.

    By Sanjay Sanghoee

    FORTUNE – Now that David Letterman is leaving his Late Show on CBS, his former protégé Craig Ferguson reportedly stands to make at least $8 million -- but not for replacing him, since Stephen Colbert has actually landed that gig. Ferguson gets compensated simply for not landing Letterman's spot, which effectively means he wins by default while CBS loses millions.

    Talk about a MORE

    Apr 11, 2014 11:19 AM ET
  • Attack of the helicopter parents of MBA applicants

    For at least a decade, parents have become deeply involved in their children's undergraduate admissions process. Those same parents are now taking the graduate schools by storm.

    By John A. Byrne

    (Poets&Quants) -- The call came in at midnight on the eve of Harvard Business School's round two admissions deadline this past January.

    Stacey Oyler, an MBA admissions consultant for Clear Admit, was used to getting late-night calls from clients. After all, MORE

    Apr 10, 2014 1:25 PM ET
  • How to scale up your team to greatness

    The best teams are small, have many women, and know how to have a good fight.

    By Robert Sutton

    FORTUNE -- My Stanford University colleague, Huggy Rao, spent seven years studying how organizations scale up excellence. We discovered that the process happens largely through teams -- by growing new teams at the right rate in the right way and weaving together the efforts of multiple teams across the company.

    Such MORE

    Apr 10, 2014 10:36 AM ET
  • Five secrets to building killer teams

    Seasoned team leaders share their top tips for getting the most out of your work groups.

    By Jennifer Alsever

    FORTUNE -- Some of the best performing corporations and institutions are those that encourage and enable teamwork—in the C-suite, within groups and across divisions. The secret to a great team is not simply about having the most experienced or smartest people on board. Here are 5 ways to build a top-performing team:

    Push MORE

    Apr 10, 2014 7:25 AM ET
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