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Has Southwest Airlines Flown Off Course? The Paradox Of Disruption And Direction

Southwest Airlines may have forfeited its role as the disruptor of the airline industry. For more than 40 years, Southwest has been an innovator, with its low operating costs, its dominance at smaller airports and its humorous customer service. This month, it’s marking two milestones — its …

BlackRock Is The Biggest Investor In The World — Is Its Dominance A Problem?

One firm unlikely to feature on their list is BlackRock, an investment manager whose name rings few bells outside financial circles. Yet it is the single biggest shareholder in all the companies listed above. It owns a stake in almost every listed company not just in America but globally. (Indeed, …

Investing

The economics underlying airline competition

Budget carriers face difficult odds moving into the most profitable sector of the airline industry.<p>Over the past quarter century, low-cost-carrier …

Alan Mulally Explains How He Turned Around Ford

It's been so impressive that he's a leading candidate to take over at Microsoft after current CEO Steve Ballmer leaves. In a recent interview with McKinsey Quarterly, Mulally pointed out a few unique elements of his leadership and management style that have helped change Ford's culture. It's a hint …

Leadership

Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business

One day last month, the seven employees of Everpix gathered at their co-working space in San Francisco to discuss the company's impending shutdown. Wayne Fan, one of the co-founders, opened a mock-up of the screen that the photo storage service’s customers would see once the company announced the …