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Apple's elephant in the room

I don't think Apple should be forced to reveal its succession plan--as long it has one in place--it could still choose to be more forthcoming on the status of one of its most critical assets.

By Jena McGregor | February 24, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (5)

Google in Egypt: Can companies limit employee activism?

he Google executive, as Ghonim is known, is based in Dubai and is a marketing manager for the search-engine giant in the region. But he has also been one of a small group of people behind the Facebook campaign that helped to spark the massive protests calling for the president's ouster.

By Jena McGregor | February 9, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (17)

If business should invest during tough times, why not government?

The concept of investing for the future during tough times is one of the most fundamental ideas in business--or leadership, for that matter. Just as CEOs who cut off spending in R&D and employee training during a recession will find themselves slipping against competitors when things turn up again, a country that doesn't invest in education, innovation and infrastructure is likely to quickly fall behind its peers.

By Jena McGregor | January 27, 2011; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (10)

Google: Rekindling that start-up mojo

When a founder returns to the helm, one thing is usually behind it: The company has become too big or too bureaucratic, and it's looking to rekindle some of that start-up magic. Google has said as much. In its announcement, Schmidt said the company was looking to make its management more nimble, a hallmark of entrepreneurial cultures.

By Jena McGregor | January 21, 2011; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Behind the curtain: Besides Jobs, Apple's other leaders

Taken together, the top brass at Apple is likely to keep the company humming during Jobs' absence and manage the company quite well, at least in the short term. Over the long haul, however, many Apple observers question whether any of these leaders has the same capacity to inspire the sort of game-changing technology and design feats for which Jobs is so well known.

By Jena McGregor | January 18, 2011; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (5)

Revealing Apple's succession plan?

In a sense, this debate--should Apple reject the pension fund's proposal to make succession plans public--is similar to the bigger one, on whether or not the company should share more about Jobs' health condition. Jobs' right to medical privacy matters, just as the company's right to keep its succession plan private is one worth protecting.

By Jena McGregor | January 18, 2011; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Jobs' medical leave creates uncertainty for Apple, investors

Of course, I wish Jobs a speedy recovery, and do believe in a certain amount of respect for privacy as a family goes through an illness. But I also believe leaders have a responsibility to share as much information as possible, even if that means giving up some of their own privacy. That's especially true at a company where one person is so central--whether in reality or in perception--to the company's future.

By Jena McGregor | January 17, 2011; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (5)

CES: Tech throws a party, and Apple stays home

The more interesting question is whether attending CES would actually hurt the mystique of Apple's brand. Theoretically, even if the company attended the annual trade show that wouldn't mean it had to launch its latest iPad there, or divulge big news at the Las Vegas event.

By Jena McGregor | January 6, 2011; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (34)

As SEC said to investigate Hurd, gray areas for HP's board

Who knows what Hurd told Fisher, and what his relationship with her really was. What intrigues me is the debate the board reportedly had about what to disclose from Fisher's letter, including the claim that Hurd shared details on inside deals. It's a legal gray area, the Journal reports. On the one hand, Fisher denied trading on the information in her initial letter, which means the board may not be required to report it. But Hurd's revelation, if the allegation is true, may also be a breach of fiduciary responsibility, according to legal experts.

By Jena McGregor | December 21, 2010; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

With Apple TV, Jobs speaks to the masses

If Steve Jobs doesn't create more products that appeal to Apple's tremendous mainstream fan base, the company's breathtaking growth could stall.

By Jena McGregor | September 2, 2010; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (26)

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