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This section is a combination of published newspaper & magazine articles as well as our opinions on current management/business topics. We welcome your feedback!

 
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: How to Sell Luxury Products in a Recession
    
In the past‚ healthy economic growth and strong demand for luxury products here in Thailand obscured the need for selling skills‚ as most brands sold themselves.  Selling was more about completing a tra .. 5720 read, 3 comment .. [More]
 
 
Bangkok in State of Seige. Violence Looms

As I type this‚ the "red-shirt" protesters‚ who support ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are causing enormous chaos in Bangkok.  This is no peaceful protest‚ like the sit-in by the "yellow-shirt" .. 110044 read, 2403 comment .. [More]

 
 
AIG Bonuses are Outrageous
Outrageous. There is no other word to describe the $165 million of bonuses paid out to AIG executives last week. The justification for paying these bonuses is that they were paid out as part of an earlier contract obligation. 

But I doubt .. 10278 read, 5155 comment .. [More]
 
 
Sony's Restructuring is Too Little, Too Late
Howard Stringer has taken over as president of Sony Corporation.  That gives him three titles: Chairman‚ CEO and president.  But will giving him another title make a difference to Sony?s business results or is it just borrowing m .. 5706 read, 0 comment .. [More]
 
 
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: The Destructive Powers of Blind Ambitions
The current global economic crisis and the 1997 financial crisis triggered in Thailand were both caused in part by ?easy money? and blind ambitions.  Unless we learn to moderate our ambitions‚ history will continue to repeat itself&sbqu .. 5103 read, 1 comment .. [More]
 
 
Let GM and Chrysler Go Bankrupt Already (Redux from February))...
The profit hemorrhaging continues at GM and Chrysler with no end in sight.  The precipitous drop in global car sales over 30% Dec 2008 vs 2007 will make their recovery anytime soon dim at best.
 
Both companies are d .. 13076 read, 1 comment .. [More]
 
 
Govern Executive Pay
Any bank or organization that receives federal funds to help it through the current economic crisis should restrict and govern its executive pay.  Moreover‚ a third party must provide oversight on compensation issues.
&nb .. 7688 read, 202 comment .. [More]
 
 
PUBLISHED ARTICLE (REDUX FROM FEB): How "Culture" Crippled General Motors
Beyond a cumbersome organization structure‚ GM?s close brush with bankruptcy late last year can be partly traced to a staid corporate culture‚ which plagued its operations for decades and prevented it from adapting to a .. 10913 read, 214 comment .. [More]
 
 
Sony's Day of Reckoning
The current global economic crisis is forcing companies like Sony Corp to accelerate restructuring plans and uproot entrenched‚ obsolete management practices.
 
Sony CEO Howard Stringer has done an adequate job since he .. 5644 read, 0 comment .. [More]
 
 
Keeping the Business Traveler Happy

During the recent International Consumers Electronics Show 2009‚ many innovative electronic devices were introduced‚ including 3-D high-definition tecnologies and Internet TV.  

Experts also talked about future tr .. 7834 read, 1 comment .. [More]

 
 
Citigroup's Disappearing Act

Nowadays‚ and into the forseeable future‚ it appears that organizations will constantly be changing and evolving.  I remember when Citigroup was gobbling up other financial institutions in a quest to become a financial services gi .. 5890 read, 0 comment .. [More]

 
 
Lexus Car Dealer Reeks of Ineptitude

Pardon me for whinging on a management blog‚ but I feel a need to tell this personal story‚ which does have a relevant point regarding the management of customer service.

I?ve been trying to buy a Lexus for the past month. .. 11703 read, 1 comment .. [More]

 
 
The Evolution Imperative: Change or Die!
Total job losses in the U.S. for 2008 were 2.5 million‚ the most since 1945.  1.9 million of those jobs disappeared in the last quarter of the year.  
 
Surviving companies and their employees must ei .. 11060 read, 2648 comment .. [More]
 
 
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: Hotelier Tells Secret of How She Recruits Her Best Talent
As Bangkok hotels face a meltdown in occupancy amidst the global recession and aftermath of the airport shut-down last November‚ it?s nice to tell a story of one hotelier‚ whose passion for recruiting shines regardless .. 7561 read, 1 comment .. [More]
 
 
The Outrage of Bernard Madoff
Wall Street took another huge hit to its reputation when Bernard Madoff‚ head of his own securities firm‚ Bernard L. Madoff Securities‚ was arrested last week.  Madoff has been accused of running a $50 billion ponzi scheme .. 6179 read, 1 comment .. [More]
 

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