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Rogue Trader Stuns Societe Generale Execs
The most spectacular business story grabbing news headlines these past few days has been rogue trader Jerome Kerviel fraudulent trades‚ resulting in a $7.2 billion loss for Societe Generale.  Remarkable how he managed to pull this off .. 6780 read, 1 comment .. [More]
The Emerging Role of the Finance Director
I'm off to Phuket this week to facilitate a conference on "The Emerging Role of the Finance Director."  The underlying theme of the workshop is‚ I believe‚ that the role of the finance director has expanding from .. 7025 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Hyundai Brand Takes on BMW

Hyundai‚ the Korean automobile manufacturer‚ is unveiling its first luxury car this week.  This nameplate will be dubbed "Genesis" built by Hyundai and compete head to head with Mercedes‚ BMW and Lexus.

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How Email Eats Away at Your Productivity
Another year just blew by.

You don't know how fast time flies‚ until it is by you‚ and once it is by you‚ it is too late.  So‚ my New Year's resolution is to be more productive.  Specifically‚ to cut out .. 6567 read, 3 comment .. [More]
Thai Elections Bring More Uncertainty
This past weekend‚ the People Power Party came out on top of the Thai elections for prime minister.  But to form the next government‚ they still need to form a coalition with other political parties to obtain enough seats in par .. 14594 read, 1 comment .. [More]
New Korean Leader Faces Fraud Charges
If alleged fraud charges against newly elected South Korean president Lee Myung Bak prove true‚ then Koreans may be in for an interesting 2008.
Last Wednesday‚ Lee won the presidential election‚ replacing&n .. 7386 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Is China Really as Hot a Market as People Think?
The currrent case of Zong Qinghou versus Danone has got to be troubling news for multinationals looking to grow in China.

Zong is a board member of a joint venture between himself and Danone‚ which produces the Wahaha-brand water an .. 7862 read, 5036 comment .. [More]
How Nintendo's "Wii" Dominates Video Games
This past weekend‚ I had a chance to see Nintendo's Wii video game in action.  The Wii‚ a direct competitor to Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's X-Box is a sensation.  It is a sensation because it is fun to use.  Whil .. 8195 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Poor Service and Performance Dog Thai Airways
In a recent article in the English-speaking newspaper‚ Nation‚ Thai Airways International announced internal studies have uncovered that "many customers misunderstood the airline and thought it paid more attention to foreigners .. 6562 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Being a Bad Ass Manager Better than Being a Softie?
Three University of Chicago business school professors have concluded that successful CEOs employ hard skills‚ such as being tough‚ persistent‚ analytical and setting high standards are more often than softer skills such as tre .. 10653 read, 2472 comment .. [More]
Why Executives Can't Take Criticism

While many people say they can take criticism‚ in reality‚ very few can.  

Nowadays it is a badge of honor for an executive to smile and say "I can take criticism‚ go ahead let me have it." &n .. 5985 read, 1 comment .. [More]

Merrill's CEO about to be Jettisoned

So‚ it looks like Merrill Lynch's CEO will resign.  Apparently CEO Stan O'Neal has felt too much heat after Merrill announced $8.4 billion of write-downs this past week.  This has resulted in a $2.24 billion loss for the .. 17862 read, 23 comment .. [More]

Ebay Overpaid for Skype
The jury is in and it looks like Ebay overpaid for Skype‚ the long distance Internet-based service that allows you to make long distance calls for a fraction of the cost of traditional telecommunications..  This week Ebay took a $1.43 bill .. 9504 read, 1 comment .. [More]
China Having Difficulty Stoking Domestic Demand
It is ironic that China is viewed as an economic juggernaut everywhere in the world except in China‚ where increasingly affluent Chinese consumers snub products made by local manufacturers.
Many products exported from .. 7179 read, 0 comment .. [More]
Does "Blue Ocean Stategy" Work or Fail?
Written by Professors Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne of INSEAD‚ the management book "Blue Ocean Strategy" talks about how companies succeeded by capturing uncontested market space‚ thereby making competition irrelevant.

Bas .. 6779 read, 0 comment .. [More]

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