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The Golden Cocoon of FIFA’s Ruling Body

July 17th, 2011  |  Source: NYT.com


The titans of international soccer are used to pampering. Motorcades. Police escorts. Five-star hotels. Lavish dinners. Cash allowances of $500 a day, and an additional $250 for their wives or girlfriends.

Lobbying groups spend big when lawmakers are honored

July 12th, 2011  |  Source: Sunlight Foundation


Honorary fees top $50 million over past two years

Let’s do away with CSR

July 10th, 2011  |  Source: marcgunther.com


Maybe it’s time to do away with corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Not merely the words and the idea but the infrastructure: CSR departments, CSR reports, CSR conferences and CSR executives.

Life after Capitalism

July 8th, 2011  |  Source: Project Syndicate.Org

In 1995, I published a book called The World After Communism. Today, I wonder whether there will be a world after capitalism.

Nemesis chases Murdoch’s hubris

July 7th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

The game is up for Rupert Murdoch. The head of News Corp has held sway over Britain’s media industry for a generation. Prime ministers have feared and feted him. He has outwitted regulators and outgunned rivals. Now, suddenly, it is all unraveling. The media mogul has lost his touch. These things happen.


Murdoch investors take fright

July 7th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp, has strongly backed Rebekah Brooks, the executive at the centre of a phone-hacking scandal, even as he denounced the “deplorable and unacceptable” behaviour at the News of the World.

Can Anyone Create a Hacker-proof Cyberspace?

July 6th, 2011  |  Source: K@W

Over the July 4 holiday in the U.S., the Fox News Twitter account was attacked by hackers who left six tweets saying that President Obama had been shot to death in Iowa. Apple was also attacked over the weekend with a tweet directing readers to a list of user names and encrypted passwords from the Apple Business Intelligence web site. Citibank, Sony and even the CIA have also suffered data breaches in recent months, drawing renewed attention to cyber security and accelerating policy debate on how to protect critical information from hackers.

How Wall St Greed Tanked The Newspaper Industry

June 29th, 2011  |  Source: Business Insider

An NYT media column by David Carr reviews former L.A. Times editor James O’Shea's new book “The Deal From Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers.”

The book focuses largely on the deal that lead to Sam Zell's disastrous takeover of the Tribune Company -- which owned the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times among many others and is now in bankruptcy -- in 2007.  

The Business of Values

June 25th, 2011  |  Source: HBR Blog Network


I recently spent a few days at the Harvard Business School with a group of Deans and Professors from around the globe. The event was a symposium that HBS has run for several years, as a way of reflecting on and improving the field of leadership at a macro level.

The focus of this year's event was "values." The sticky issue of ethics, of the responsibility business leaders have to "do the right thing."

Blackwater Gets ‘Too Big To Fail,’ Hires AIG Castoff

June 13th, 2011  |  Source: Wired.com

Nothing says, “We’re through with scandal!” quite like hiring a former executive from one of the country’s leading economic bloodsuckers.


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