Energy groups face Kodak moment

Fossil-fuel producers still expect growth in their old businesses, inviting disruption

Best books of 2015: Business

A round-up of the titles to remember

Zhang Ruimin, Qingdao, China
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Haier’s rolling case study in reinvention

The Chinese electrical goods maker beloved of business schools

HBOS: disaster of bottom-up strategy

Boards and executives should not abdicate from making the important choices


Headhunters and CEOs are overvalued

The mediocrity of many chief executives is a sign that plenty is wrong

Lest we forget: we do our best for mates

Soldiers’ acts of valour are a lesson in the value of camaraderie in all organisations

Thomas Cook’s profound management malaise

Company founded on concern for tourists’ happiness and wellbeing has lost touch with its customers

Set staff free without invoking chaos

Change is possible with neither revolution nor crisis

Blunt staff surveys are all bosses have

New Barclays chief will need help unpicking employee data to work out where the problems are

From left: Sonke Hee, Lawrence Baker; Emma Pencheon; Cecilia Diemont; Janay Gibbons; Fatima Islam; Tola James
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The new leadership

Life at the top is changing — the FT meets the next generation of leaders

The riff: Mastered by ‘The Apprentice’

The TV show’s amorality has seeped into business culture

Conflicts of head office and local outposts

VW scandal highlights tension between central and local power

A stripped-down guide to Gallic labour relations

Many boss-nappings are more benign, with workers displaying a healthy French regard for the finer things

Review: ‘Foolproof’, by Greg Ip

A timely argument that attempts to eliminate risk create their own dangers

Apple, Python and managing creative teams

A leader’s talent lies in integrating other people’s work

Ralph Lauren on the importance of a name

When the chief executive steps down the company will do well to remember his brand maxim

Review: ‘Friend and Foe’

A workplace manual on when to compete or co-operate

Crisis panel move shows VW board flaws

Carmaker is following a corporate blueprint for sticky situations

Mistakes are OK, says UBS chief

Ermotti is right that banks should not try to eliminate risk-taking

The risk shared by vicars and accountants

The global structures of PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG are more fragile than the Church of England’s


Andrew Hill Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He is a former City editor, financial editor and comment and analysis editor. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as New York bureau chief, foreign news editor and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

Andrew was named Commentator of the Year at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received a Decade of Excellence award.

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