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Whether justified or not, the corporate world is offering a likely target for criticism: very large pay packages for chief executive officers and other top executives.
By Larry Bumgardner, JD
High pay for good performance at successful companies draws some scrutiny. But especially infuriating to average-paid workers and investors, not to mention politicians, are huge severance packages paid to CEOs who have been forced out for poor performance.
How significant changes in the Mexican financial sector are impacting U.S.-Mexico business transactions.
By Dubos J. Masson, PhD, CTP, Cert ICM
Mexico is a key trading partner with the United States and a member of NAFTA, and as such, many U.S. businesses have significant dealings with Mexican suppliers, customers, or subsidiaries. While there are some similarities in commercial banking practices, there are other, very significant differences between the Mexican and U.S. environments, for example, prevalence of foreign-owned financial institutions, varying payroll delivery mechanisms, and levels of anti-money laundering compliance.
How often have you needed X to be done and had Y proudly delivered to you?
By Charles D. Kerns, PhD
Trybabies focus on tasks and actions they can do well, but that have little or no relation to their success within an organization. This article identifies the Trybaby Syndrome as a performance challenge and introduces a “Performance Influence – Importance Matrix” to help managers identify the differences between so-called Trybabies, Spinners, Pass-Timers, and Corperformers.
The current state of the law and economics of tie-in sales and the implications for the business manager.
By Paul Gift, PhD
A “tie-in” is an agreement to sell one product on the condition that the buyer also purchases a different product. This article explores the potential economic and legal ramifications of a “tie-in” decision, including maximizing revenue, lowering transaction costs, and dealing with potential antitrust lawsuits.
Audio interview with Steve Bilt, president and CEO of Bright Now! Dental
By Nancy Dodd, MPW, MFA, Editor
Steve Bilt is president and chief executive officer of Bright Now! Dental, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries. In 2003, Steve was named Entrepreneur of the Year. In this interview, Steve talks about how his philosophy of empowering others—from dentists to operations management to patients—has helped him and his team build and sustain one of the largest and most profitable companies in the dental practice management industry.
California Greening: Boom or Bust?
By Owen P. Hall, Jr., PE, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
The ongoing dust-up about global warming has brought front and center a number of new opportunities and threats to California’s currently fragile economy. What should be called for is a long-term approach that balances growing environmental awareness along with increasing energy dependency from unreliable sources with the need to grow the economy and generate more jobs.
Recommendations from Graziadio faculty for:
- The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow by Michael Maccoby
- One Foot Out the Door: How to Combat the Psychological Recession That’s Alienating Employees and Hurting American Business by Judith M. Bardwick
- Executive Coaching for Results: The Definitive Guide to Developing Organizational Leaders by Brian Underhill, Kimcee McAnally, and John Koriath
- From Difficult to Disturbed: Understanding and Managing Dysfunctional Employees by Laurence Miller, PhD