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  • 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
  • Inside Stanford B-school's startup factory culture

    About 95% of Stanford's Graduate School of Business's 809 students opt to take at least one entrepreneurship class. A look at how the school teaches students to start their own businesses.

    By Kim Girard

    (Poets&Quants) -- T.J. Duane began the Startup Garage course at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business last September planning to build a closed online network for lawyers.

    About eight weeks into the 24-week class, he and his team MORE

    Mar 25, 2014 10:56 AM ET
  • Harvard B-school dips its toe into online education

    The school made its first move into the digital educational realm with a $1,500 online program of three fundamental business courses for undergraduates and recent graduates.

    By John A. Byrne

    (Poets&Quants) -- Harvard Business School on Friday made its first move into the digital educational realm with a $1,500 online program of three fundamental business courses for undergraduates and recent graduates of liberal arts programs. The school expects 500 to 1,000 MORE

    Mar 21, 2014 11:39 AM ET
  • GM's recall scandal: A scorecard on CEO Mary Barra

    So far so good. She's following many of the right principles of crisis management, and there's more work to be done.

    By Fraser Seitel

    FORTUNE -- Mary Barra is the incoming CEO of General Motors, whose two-month-old "honeymoon" was stopped in its tracks by the most damaging safety/cover-up scandal in the company's 106-year-old history. Today, she finds herself squarely in the crisis management crucible, presiding over a tragedy, where 12 drivers died, reportedly MORE

    Mar 21, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • The limits to China's planned urban revolution

    China wants to increase its urban population by 91 million people in just seven years. It's an ambitious goal, but it's unclear if the nation is up to the task.

    By Minxin Pei

    FORTUNE -- For the last two decades, fixed-asset investment (infrastructure, real estate, and plants) and exports have powered China's massive economic growth. As these engines of expansion lose steam, though, the Chinese government has been searching for a MORE

    Mar 18, 2014 12:45 PM ET
  • Mark Cuban: How businesses can learn from 'Shark Tank'

    The billionaire investor talks hoops, tech, and video games.

    By John Gaudiosi

    FORTUNE -- Fans of ABC's Shark Tank know that the majority of entrepreneurs who walk through the set's double doors are hoping to cut a deal with billionaire Mark Cuban. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks seems more accessible, especially for those who attend games at American Airlines Center. The Internet pioneer spoke in Austin during SXSW at a MORE

    Mar 17, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • A marketing guru's top priority? No, it's not marketing

    A chief marketing officer's top priority should be revenue growth.

    By Maryam Banikarim

    FORTUNE -- I'm often on panels where I'm asked about the role of the chief marketing officer. Right out of the gate, I explain that there are a variety of CMO roles, and the title often tends to mean many different things depending on the company and even the field in which you operate.

    But it shouldn't.

    Quite simply, a MORE

    Mar 14, 2014 11:24 AM ET
  • Without WaPo, Graham Holdings should cede control to shareholders

    Is it right for Graham Holdings to have super-voting shares now that it has no newspaper to protect from Wall Street or, for that matter, political pressures?

    By Paul Hodgson

    FORTUNE -- As proxy season approaches, the shareholders of two erstwhile media companies -- Graham Holdings (formerly The Washington Post Co.) and Media General -- can expect very different voting experiences.

    When family-controlled newspaper companies like these two went public, many of MORE

    Mar 13, 2014 9:02 AM ET
  • And the U.S. News law school ranking fallout begins...

    The country's 200-plus law schools are vying as never before for students as enrollment continues to tumble and more students face a disappointing job market. This year's rankings reflect these tensions.

    By Elizabeth G. Olson

    FORTUNE -- Deans of the country's law schools are either kicking back and breathing a sigh of relief, or quivering in their boots, amid the release of the much-feared U.S. News & World Report on national law MORE

    Mar 11, 2014 5:39 PM ET
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