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  • 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
  • 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
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