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Articles for April 2008

Supply chains should be kept on a short leash

The big business idea of the last 20 years is going rancid. Why do organisations of all kinds continue to get outsourcing so wrong?
Only a new brew can save pubs

Pubs are shutting down at record rates, but an institution that dates back to Roman times will survive by changing
A century on, the MBA still has lessons to learn

THE MBA is 100 years old this month. Is it a happy birthday? It all depends how you look at it.
Blood ties can result in Murdoch - or murder

WE'RE SO used to the idea of business as separate from the rest of life that the extent of family business initially comes as a surprise. But look around: Ford, Wal-Mart, Sainsbury, Cadbury, Porsche, Michelin, Cargill, Samsung, Ikea, BMW, News Internation
Placebos that mustn't be swallowed by the boss

AS RECENT headlines attest, placebos - sugar pills and sham operations - make people feel better. Less widely known is that they work just as well in management, where their effect is both huge and almost completely ignored.
Cracking the codes: Greenbury's influence

Not much more than a decade ago, the second of the UK's ground-breaking reports on corporate governance was headed by a certain Sir Richard Greenbury - who happened to be M&S's combined chairman and chief executive at the time.