Management & Leadership

Managing Corporate CrisesShort Report

Why do some companies emerge from a crisis with a minimum of harm to their reputations and long-term profitability while others suffer severe damage to their names and finances? Damage-control experts say the outcome of a corporate crisis hinges largely on the type of situation and the public’s perception…

Corporate Governance

The governing structure of major U.S. corporations has undergone profound changes in recent decades, due to pressure from government regulators, outside activists and restive shareholders. Boards once dominated by company insiders have been reshaped, and companies have been forced to confront a host of issues that were once peripheral…

Aging Infrastructure

President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail last year to launch a $1 trillion program to regenerate the country’s infrastructure. Few dispute the need for a major investment: The Flint water crisis, a 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse and the 2003 Northeast blackout show the dangers of neglecting infrastructure…

The Trump Agenda

The election of Donald J. Trump along with a Congress controlled by his Republican Party gives the incoming president an opportunity to move forward rapidly on several of his campaign pledges, including cutting taxes on individuals and businesses, rolling back the Affordable Care Act and increasing spending on infrastructure projects…

Women in Management

In nearly every industry, women are well represented in management until they approach the senior echelon. At that point, they begin to fall away. When they leave, companies lose the many documented advantages that women possess as leaders and innovators. The absence of senior women exacerbates the gender pay gap…

Meetings and Team Management

Not for nothing are so many “Dilbert” comic strips set in meetings. Notorious for wasting time, dulling motivation and draining creativity, meetings are widely seen as a necessary evil—one poll found that 46 percent of Americans prefer almost any “unpleasant activity” over a meeting. Not surprisingly, managers…

Failure

Failure has long carried costs and stigma, both personal and professional. In some business sectors, though, notably the technology industry, failure has become acceptable, even fashionable. It's inevitable that people who try new things will not always succeed. Fear of failure stifles creativity and innovation, advocates say. Bankruptcy has become…

The Business of Philanthropy

To support their philanthropic missions, U.S. nonprofit groups raise and spend trillions of dollars each year, and employ about 11 million people. They have access to unmatched wealth, dazzling technology and increasingly sophisticated and data-hungry donors. But challenges abound. They include an intense rivalry for dollars, whether fundraising is…

Executive Pay

CEOs of some of the largest U.S. companies are paid more than $100 million a year in salary, bonuses, stock and stock options. Stockholders who participate in votes on these pay packages almost always back them, although the occasional company faces resistance. Some analysts say CEO pay levels—which…

Business and Universities

Policymakers increasingly see universities as engines of economic growth and as “incubators of innovation.” They argue that academic capitalism—an umbrella term for a variety of market-driven university ventures—is an innovative way to fund teaching, research and campus expansion in an era of tight budgets and rising…

Government and Business

Government regulations touch nearly every aspect of the American economy, from advertising to employment, privacy, safety, health and the environment. About 300,000 full-time government workers are involved in the regulatory system, and agencies issue more than 3,000 federal regulations annually. States and municipal governments, meanwhile, issue their own…

Women in Top Management

Decades after the first women took seats on corporate boards and began occupying corner offices, they remain under-represented in senior-most executive jobs and in boardrooms. Experts cite a variety of barriers to advancement, including lingering bias and career paths that don't lead to promotions. Tech companies increasingly are under scrutiny…

The Value of an MBA

MBA programs are hard to get into and expensive to attend, but they remain a popular option for those trying to get ahead in the business world. The job outlook for MBAs is strong, with demand for top executives expected to grow by 11 percent through 2022, according to the…

Crisis Management

For CEOs, the world is a scary place. Growing technological complexity, the advent of an interconnected global economy in which a disaster in one region can reverberate in others, and the increased use of social media contribute to the number of crises that businesses face. How a company limits the…

Flat Management

Flat management techniques, spurred by the growth of technology companies, are becoming more popular, but it's an approach that can offer advantages to other types and sizes of businesses, too. Although it isn't applicable to all situations, flat management will likely keep gaining ground as the economy continues to evolve…

Work–Life Balance

Policies that help employees balance the demands of work and life, once viewed as benefits bestowed largely on women by benevolent bosses, have evolved into strategies to achieve corporate goals. Studies show such policies increase both productivity and profitability and help companies hire and retain talented professionals. They are especially…