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  1. April 29, 2014

    General Electric meets an uncourtly reception in Paris

    Make a list of ways in which the French government could boost its ailing economy, and tormenting a foreign investor with...

  2. Business Blog

    April 22, 2014

    Five lessons from Manchester United's Professor Moyes

    Lesson Two: ensure your predecessor is dead or distant (photo: Getty) Good morning and welcome to the new Harvard MBA module...

  1. April 16, 2014

    The perils of the chief who stays too long at the top

    To the news that General Electric’s board of directors has been meeting in solemn conclave to debate whether its chief...

  2. January 8, 2014

    Taking Down The Lion, by Catherine S Neal

    When Dennis Kozlowski leaves prison on parole next week, having served more than eight years for 22 felonies, he will find...

  3. November 12, 2013

    Dead generals are not always the best business advisers

    Military metaphors come naturally to the world of business, with “price wars”, “takeover battles” and “marketing campaigns”....

  4. July 11, 2013

    In defence of Topgrading: ‘Hiring the right people takes time’

    Like General Electric and other leading businesses, has your organisation implemented what is said to be the most thorough...

  5. MBA blog

    June 21, 2013

    What lies ahead, after the final lecture?

    I had my final day of class recently. The leadership module was a fitting end to the 12 modules I attended at Durham...

  6. May 17, 2013

    Jamie Dimon, the last king of Wall Street

    Jamie Dimon might as well be dead, such is the rush of eulogies from corporate titans. Warren Buffett, Jack Welch, Michael...

  7. MBA blog

    January 1, 2013

    Thoughts for the holiday season

    The sparkling Christmas decorations have filled us with happiness and excitement. The holiday season is the time for gifts...

  8. October 16, 2012

    Should executives comment on politics?

    THE PROBLEM Former General Electric chief executive Jack Welch caused a storm this month when he in effect accused the Obama...

  9. FT Alphaville

    October 11, 2012

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Thursday, - On the unsustainability of Austrian business-cycle theory. - Credit funds are creating a big hole...

  10. October 9, 2012

    Welch cuts ties with Reuters and Fortune

    Jack Welch, the former chief executive of General Electric, has resigned from his role as a contributor to Reuters.com and...

  11. October 7, 2012

    The ghoul of half truths is not America’s real problem

    From the Great Lakes to the Rio Grande, a ghoul is stalking America. Sometimes it wears the stars and stripes. At others, it...

  12. September 25, 2012

    Replacement refs stir US football fans’ ire

    A pension dispute between the National Football League and its 120 part-time referees has triggered a crisis of confidence...

  13. July 16, 2012

    Forced ranking is a relic of an HR tool

    Around the turn of the last century, I heard Jack Welch recount how he had visited a clothing store on New York’s Fifth...

  14. July 3, 2012

    Romney under fire from conservatives

    Prominent conservatives are grumbling that the Romney campaign may not have what it takes to defeat Barack Obama, and are...

  15. June 6, 2012

    Words from the manager, not the man

    This book looks oddly timed. Tesco, one of the world’s largest retailers, is facing probably its biggest challenge in 20...

  16. April 27, 2012

    GE chief stands firm amid protests

    While demonstrators angry at General Electrics’ low corporate tax rate made the most noise at the US industrial group’s...

  17. April 25, 2012

    GE chief upbeat on US manufacturing

    Jeff Immelt, General Electric’s chief executive, has spent the past couple of days being pursued around Detroit by Occupy...

  18. April 2, 2012

    Lean cuts fat off GE’s production line

    Chip Blankenship, the chief executive of General Electric’s appliances business, says the company has been able to bring...

  19. January 25, 2012

    Humble braggarts’ tales best read in bursts

    If you read World Changers – 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business As We Knew It in one go, two strange things happen. The...

  20. January 20, 2012

    General Electric: hard act to follow

    The best bit in Jack Welch’s humble autobiography is the caption beneath a photo of the former chief executive of General...

  21. January 3, 2012

    Ten pieces of advice that should be ignored

    It is just as well entrepreneurs don’t listen to advice – because a lot of it is bad. I have received some very poor...

  22. November 14, 2011

    Paper trail reveals workings of Monti’s mind

    Two years ago, when José Manuel Barroso went looking for an éminence grise to write a report on turning the European Union...

  23. October 13, 2011

    Visionary pushed bounds of wireless devices

    Robert Galvin, the former chief executive of Motorola, who oversaw the company as it developed the first mobile phone and...

  24. October 12, 2011

    GE’s bright sparks take the lead

    I was told two things about this group,” the lecturer announces. “This is GE: one – don’t be boring; two – don’t make them...

  25. August 21, 2011

    Western economies face a long haul back to health

    Among the various doom-laden brokers’ circulars crossing my screen last week, one of the more eye-catching was from London’s...

  26. July 22, 2011

    General Electric: a brighter spark

    Not too long ago, unkind critics of Jeff Immelt, Jack Welch’s successor at General Electric, might have remarked that his...

  27. July 6, 2011

    Dose of common sense helps make the best strategy

    From Prof Hans H. Hinterhuber. Sir, As Andrew Hill points out, an exhaustive and incontestable definition of the complex...

  28. May 26, 2011

    20 questions: Andrew Liveris

    Andrew Liveris, chief executive of Dow Chemical The Greek-Australian chairman and chief executive of Dow Chemical is based...

  29. FT Alphaville

    May 18, 2011

    Leahy to advise US buyout firm

    Sir Terry Leahy is to become a part-time senior adviser to Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the US private equity firm, his first...

  30. May 17, 2011

    Leahy set to advise US buy-out firm

    Sir Terry Leahy is to become a part-time senior adviser to Clayton Dubilier & Rice, the US private equity firm, his first...

  31. May 17, 2011

    Stars can be problems for private equity

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it. The announcement from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice that Sir Terry Leahy is joining the private...

  32. May 17, 2011

    Sustainable growth is the new incarnation of capitalism

    Financial meltdown and economic recession have shaken the foundations of companies. Yet arguably the most shocking blow to...

  33. April 18, 2011

    Real value looks past quarterly reporting

    Nine years ago, when he was chief executive of Sprint, Bill Esrey told me how he and his team had strained to match...

  34. April 17, 2011

    Fears over CFO changes on Wall St

    Wall Street banks have been losing chief financial officers at an unusually high rate since the financial crisis, a trend...

  35. March 30, 2011

    Manufacturing: Electric avenues

    At the end of last year, John Rice left behind the familiar comforts of his home in Atlanta, Georgia, for a new base in Hong...

  36. March 15, 2011

    GE chief awarded $7.4m in stock options

    Jeff Immelt, the long-standing chief executive of General Electric, has been given a stock award that will encourage him to...

  37. January 24, 2011

    Investors like a team that adds value

    From Mr Andrew Campbell. Sir, Conglomerates are unfashionable, according to Ed Crooks’s and Helen Thomas’s analysis of ITT’s...

  38. January 19, 2011

    The ‘great man’ theory of business

    Historians have not documented whether Charles de Gaulle or Georges Clemenceau first pronounced that “graveyards are full of...

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