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The Activist Investor: A True Ally of Corporate Governance

By: Astrid F. Kowlessar


Activist investors: Publicly listed companies fear them. Corporate governance pundits generally do not trust them. Retail investors quietly applaud them, and most laymen do not understand them. However, it is clear that in today’s complex corporate world, we need them. Activist investors may be the only players in the game that can effectively “Occupy Wall […]

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Is the Intellectual Elite Out of Touch with Reality?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


It has been a central conceit of the progressive movement since the early 1900’s that simply getting enough smart people together will cure all our problems. This is the approach of technocracy — rule by experts.  We tried it.  Wilson and his ilk “solved” the problem of world peace after WWI, Kennedy and his brain […]

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Harvard Business Review: Candid Arrogance or Just Plain Stupidity?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


A few years back, I was in Hsinchu, Taiwan, (aka “Science City”) lecturing on technology strategies to 35 vice presidents and senior executives of one of the world’s largest and most prestigious Taiwanese high tech corporations. As we began to dig deeper into the true definition of “strategy,” a member of the audience asked for […]

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Smart v/s Wealthy

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


While you may think that being smart, motivated, and talented would logically make you wealthy, unfortunately, this is often not the case. Smart and talented people often have a flair for the unusual, complicated, or different. They don’t like to follow the KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid), which is required to make money. So, […]

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US Infrastructure Development: A Case for Public Private Partnerships

By: Astrid F. Kowlessar


A nation is nothing without infrastructure. It is the literal blueprint which allows education, healthcare, commerce and trade to expand and progress within rural and urban areas alike. A country is identified and remembered by its most outstanding infrastructure, from longstanding historic monuments to major highways. Thus, it goes without saying that it must be […]

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