Category Archives: Business

Wall Street: An Unmitigated Culture of Risk

Earlier this year, we published Swans, Swine, and Swindlers: Coping with the Growing Threat of Mega Crises and Mega Messes. It was an in-depth study of the Great Financial Crisis of 2008. While it was written long before the latest JP Morgan Chase debacle, unfortunately, it anticipated it perfectly. Indeed, it predicted that unless there were momentous changes in the culture of Wall Street, we were in for more of the same. Continue reading

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The Age of Super Crises

The notion of healing or repairing the world is more vital than ever. Indeed, with the advent of super crises, it has taken a whole new meaning. Crises have the potential to destroy entire industries, bring down governments, and adversely affect large regions of the globe. Not only are they bigger, costlier, and deadlier, but they come at us faster and faster. Continue reading

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Commonwealth Club Lecture on C-SPAN

On February 24, 2010, I gave a talk on my latest book, Dirty Rotten Strategies, at the Commonwealth Club of California. In my talk, I examine how many institutions either solve the wrong problems unintentionally, or worse, intentionally tackle the right problems in the wrong way. Continue reading

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Managing Toyota’s Recall Crisis

Will giant print ads, television appearances and apologies made by Toyota’s CEO help the car maker regain customer confidence? Canada’s Business News Network interviewed me about Toyota’s recall crisis on the February 3, 2010, episode of a business show called SqueezePlay. Continue reading

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Democrats Need to Talk Turkey and Show Their Colors on Pocketbook Issues

Democrats need to make it abundantly clear that they hear the cries of PTA parents of Main Street and not the AIG barons of Wall Street. More importantly, they must become a voice for them by taking on and fighting the Goliaths who got us into this mess. Continue reading

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Interviews, Reviews, and More of “Dirty Rotten Strategies”

I’m thrilled that my recent book co-authored with Abraham Silvers, Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely, has received positive attention and feedback, including an AirAmerica interview. Continue reading

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Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely

People and organizations are perfectly capable of making the most outrageous missteps. But, how does a person, organization, or society know that it is committing an error? My latest book, co-authored with Abraham Silvers, delves into how organizations and interest groups lure us into solving the “wrong problems” with intricate, but inaccurate, solutions. Continue reading

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Managing the Mess

An odd aspect about the financial mess is how little discussion has been given to managing it, and the economic crisis with it, as messes. In all the finger-pointing, one party has escaped with less attention than deserved – business schools. Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Deans and the Faculties of American Business Schools

I am writing because of the appalling and sorry state of business schools today. I am outraged over what we, as business educators, have allowed to develop The philosophical foundations of business schools are in need of fundamental and serious revision. Continue reading

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The Rise and the Fall of Business Schools: An Autobiography

Business schools have abandoned one of their fundamental missions. Continue reading

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