A growing number of managers have come to the conclusion that paying more pays off -- especially for larger and more complex projects.
By Vickie Elmer
FORTUNE -- For years, companies looking to outsource labor have opted for the lowest bidders, seeking freelancers and independent contractors in India, Vietnam, and other low-wage countries via matchmaker websites and local recruiters. One site even promised all projects would cost $5 or less as the race intensified to control MOREApr 9, 2014 11:46 AM ET
Divorce is never easy. Throw in a jointly-run business and the breakup could get messier. A legal pro offers his best advice.
By Brandon Southward
FORTUNE -- Here's one good reason to heed the old adage about not mixing business with pleasure: When spouses who happen to be business partners--and there are a lot of them; 3.7 million businesses according to most recent U.S. Census data--divorce, the drama and emotion of the MOREApr 9, 2014 6:28 AM ET
We are, apparently, victims of America's rugged individual ideals. And a little more transparency could go a long way for pay equity.
FORTUNE -- On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk openly about their compensation.
Perhaps the order strikes you as pointless. Regardless of corporate policy, very few of us gab about how much money we earn with co-workers, or with friends and family, MOREClaire Zillman, reporter - Apr 8, 2014 3:05 PM ET
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 MOREApr 8, 2014 1:40 PM ET
Fortune.com selects the most compelling short essays, anecdotes, and author interviews from "250 Words," a site developed by Simon & Schuster to explore the best new business books—wherever they may be published.
FORTUNE -- For this installment, 250 Words' Sam McNerney sits down with the influential and incendiary libertarian author Charles Murray. Murray's 1984 book Losing Ground helped shape welfare reform under President Bill Clinton, and his 1994 release, The Bell Curve, ignited national outrage MOREApr 8, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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 MOREApr 4, 2014 3:19 PM ET
Diversity alone probably won't spark innovation. To avoid the same old groupthink, draw cultural differences out so you can put them to work. Here's how.
FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I work for a consumer-goods company that has made a serious effort to hire and promote smart people with a wide range of different backgrounds and ethnicities, since our customer base is getting more diverse all the time. Great, but I MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Apr 4, 2014 11:54 AM ET
Upscale beauty products are beating drugstore brands.
FORTUNE -- If you're not aware already, we're living in a new retail world, where there isn't so much one large consumer base, but two divided by economic status. The well-off are buying bigtime, the worse-off are just trying to survive.
The bifurcation trend is present in apparel and home appliances, and it's holding true in the land of lipstick, mascara, and moisturizer too. When MOREClaire Zillman, reporter - Apr 4, 2014 7:41 AM ET
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 MOREApr 3, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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 MOREApr 2, 2014 1:47 PM ET
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