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Strategic Alliances in High-Tech Industries

As the next century approaches, significant trends now emerging in global economics and technology will have major implications for corporate international strategies.

Collaborating With Potential Competitors: The Profits and...

Many Western managers are becoming wary of joint ventures. They have learned through costly experience that such alliances - particularly with Asian partners - can become a low-cost route through which new competitors acquire technology and market access.

Asia Pacific: The Next Regional Trading Bloc?

If Lester Thurow is right in suggesting that GATT is "dead," how will international trading relationships develop during the rest of this century?

Viewpoint What Executives Need to Learn

Executives who understand their work in terms of a flow of information are still a very small minority. Most of us continue to use computers primarily to do things we have always done - that is, to crunch numbers.

Corporate Management of a Major Crisis

The way a company manages a major crisis can literally spell the difference between life and death - both for the immediate victims of the crisis and for the company itself.

Alliances for Competitive Advantage: Why, When, and How

For better or worse, alliance formation soared during the 1980s as corporations united for competitive advantage. While many alliances have been highly successful, others have ended bitterly, and some should never have been formed in the first place.

Planning for Chaos: A Scenario Approach to the Oil Market

No one can forecast oil prices. Yet a sharp change in oil prices can radically alter business conditions for a very large number of companies.

Redefining the Corporation

In recent years, a great many corporations have been reshaping - or at least attempting to reshape - themselves, with varying degrees of success. In North America, at least, the 1980s could easily end up being called the Decade of Downsizing.

How the Japanese Manage Risk

Americans hear so much about Japan as the success story of the international economy, they sometimes forget that the Japanese have economic problems of their own. Japan has its declining industries such as steel and its low-wage competitors such as South Korea and Taiwan.

Political and Economic Forces Shaping the Business World

Historians and social scientists do better looking backward than looking forward. Economists, for example, have predicted seven of the last two recessions. Once something has happened, however, we can usually explain why it was inevitable.