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  • The leisure revolution that never came

    Few Americans today think they have the kind of abundance of free time that futurists predicted.

    By Laura Vanderkam

    FORTUNE -- It seemed like simple math. In the decades after World War II, American workers were becoming ever more productive. With technology reducing the need for manual labor and better-skilled workers producing more in less time, many assumed workweeks would fall to 24 hours, if not lower. People in MORE

    Apr 8, 2014 1:40 PM ET
  • Corporate America doesn't need a 'business case' to do good

    Corporate responsibility may not lead to bigger profits, but it's still essential.

    By Christine Bader

    FORTUNE -- In her testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives this week, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra uttered a point that was music to the ears of everyone who has ever pushed for safer and more sustainable practices inside a big company.

    "If it's a safety issue, there should not be a business case calculated,'' Barra MORE

    Apr 4, 2014 3:19 PM ET
  • 'America got a cold and black businesses got pneumonia'

    Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, talks about encouraging black-owned businesses -- and why he thinks Paul Ryan is right about inner-city culture.

    By Brandon Southward

    FORTUNE -- Harry Alford is a longtime champion of black-owned businesses owners. A veteran of corporations such as Procter & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Alford about two decades ago dedicated himself to expanding opportunities for black entrepreneurs. Like MORE

    Apr 3, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • How to deepen customer loyalty: Be transparent

    Companies should expose their vulnerabilities and own up to their mistakes.

    By John Hagel III and John Seely Brown

    FORTUNE -- "How's business tonight?" we asked. The UberX driver shrugged, "Better now the holidays are over." For the rest of the ride, we went back and forth on what Uber was doing with pricing and why and for how long, and how peak pricing had played out over New Year's Eve. The MORE

    Apr 2, 2014 1:47 PM ET
  • TV's best reality show? The Masters Tournament

    What corporate leaders can learn from the golf tourney's air of superiority

    By Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- The greatest reality show on TV begins next week.

    I refer of course to the Masters Tournament, the advent of which renders some of us almost immobile with anticipation. The question is why. By common agreement there are four major golf tournaments. Why is the Masters so clearly preeminent? Why are its TV MORE

    Apr 1, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Tenure under fire, law professors fight back

    Law school deans' cost-cutting efforts are colliding with decades of strong job protections for professors.

    By Elizabeth G. Olson

    FORTUNE -- It runs like clockwork: When businesses run into trouble, managers move to reduce salaries and expenditures. If only it were that simple for the multimillion-dollar law school industry, which is up against the wall trying to balance plummeting budgets while maintaining employees' academic freedom.

    Law school deans' cost-cutting efforts are MORE

    Mar 27, 2014 12:14 PM ET
  • America's under-valued workers

    With the growth of freelancers and contract workers, the government needs to de-emphasize its focus on full-time jobs.

    By Sophie Wade

    FORTUNE -- Are you an independent contractor, a new entrepreneur, or doing consulting work as you re-enter the labor force after a hiatus or having been laid off? The reality is, unless you have a "traditional" career with a standard 40-hour workweek, or work consistent and continuous weekly hours, MORE

    Mar 26, 2014 3:22 PM ET
  • Spain takes to the thrift shop

    Secondhand stores are among the very few businesses that have grown during Spain's long economic crisis.

    By Ian Mount

    FORTUNE -- The display window at the Cash Converters branch on Barcelona's toniest shopping street, the Passeig de Gràcia, features everything from a child's guitar to bolt cutters, and on a recent Monday afternoon, the secondhand store was filled with browsers.

    Jaime Antonijuan was looking at a bike, but he often shopped at MORE

    Mar 26, 2014 12:24 PM ET
  • Why bureaucracy must die

    To build organizations that are adaptable at their core, we will need to rework every management process so it enables, rather than frustrates, breakthrough thinking and relentless experimentation.

    By Gary Hamel

    (TheMIX) -- The organizations that survive in the coming decades will be those that are capable of change as fast as change itself.

    Today, few organizations seem to be able to out-run change for more than a few years at a time. MORE

    Mar 26, 2014 10:26 AM ET
  • Against industry headwinds, Martin guitar stays strong

    Despite the rising cost of raw materials and a deluge of low-cost competitors, C.F. Martin & Company has managed to retain a reputation as the BMW of the guitar world.

    By Peter Gerstenzang

    FORTUNE -- Even with consumer spending on the uptick, you might not think buyers would be spending their dollars on guitars. But think again. Business at the legendary guitar manufacturer C.F. Martin & Company has never been better. MORE

    Mar 25, 2014 1:25 PM ET
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