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Jul 10, 2013

Even Oreck Vacuum Cleaners Can't Clean Up This Mess

Well, it’s official now: Oreck, a high-quality U.S. vacuum cleaner manufacturer, has been finally ground into the carpet. I’ve been....More
Jul 04, 2013


Jun 16, 2013

Grills Done the American Way3

For us carnivores, outdoor grilling can be a bastion of tranquility. Enjoying an adult beverage and "checking the meat" seems to be....More
Jun 06, 2013

Fracking in Europe

I am wrapping up a month-long journey across the Old World and have spoken with many public officials, business leaders, and others about America....More
The Relentless Pursuit of Big Volume
May 16, 2013

The Relentless Pursuit of Big Volume

How many times have you heard- or said- something like, “Volume covers all sins”? Or, similarly, “If we could just produce and....More
Andrew R. Thomas
May 04, 2013

Big Data and the Value of Doubt

The rise of “Big Data” is being praised in business schools and pushed by consultants as the tectonic force of the future....More
Apr 18, 2013

A New Era for the Airline Industry?

The culmination of the US Airways / American Airlines deal marks an inflection point in the evolution of the airline industry....More
Apr 03, 2013

A Pencil and the Wonder of Business

The daily struggle of keeping things moving forward makes it difficult to take a step back and appreciate the wonder of business....More
Mar 20, 2013

Twinkies, Fracking, and Globalization

The complexity of our world regularly reveals itself in both big and small ways. One of the more recent examples of how seemingly disparate elements....More
Mar 08, 2013

Pocket Knives on Planes: Good Idea or Not?1

It may seem, at least on the surface, a good idea. However, the law of unintended consequences is at play here....More
Mar 04, 2013

Innovation's Missing Ingredient

Count how many times you hear the word “innovation” bantered about over the next couple of days. Trust me; it’s a lot....More
Feb 20, 2013

Jewel Heists and Corrupt Insiders

The latest headline grabbing jewel heist -- this time in Belgium for at least $50 million in diamonds -- reveals once again that corrupt insiders....More
Feb 10, 2013

OMG 6,000 Flights Cancelled!

In his compelling book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr makes the case that the avalanche of information....More
Feb 05, 2013

The Challenge to Efficiency and Scale

For years, it’s been preached from the highest heights that customers have more choices at their disposal than any time in human history....More
Jan 24, 2013

China and Japan Threaten War: Are You Ready?1

"War is the father of all and king of all", Heraclitus observed. War has at its heart competition, which is the driver of ideas, inventions, commerce....More
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