The Automobile’s Very Complicated Future

There are three major trends that are hitting the auto industry all at once–the push toward autonomous driving, the proliferation of propulsion systems and the ride-sharing model. It’s an even more complicated future than even some experts recognize. Here’s my take…

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What the United States Can Learn from Japan Inc.

Japan-watchers may be forgiven for coming to believe that the tight connections between the Japanese government and businesses, long referred to as Japan Inc., have unraveled over the years. Or at least been relaxed. But today’s news that the Japanese government has seized the lead role in buying Toshiba’s semiconductor business shows that old tendencies […]…

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Did Jeff Immelt Pay The Price For What Jack Welch Did?

Jack Welch was lionized as the CEO of General Electric. He razzle-dazzled investors and others by pumping up earnings on a consistent basis. But he did it at least in part by greatly expanding the role of GE Capital and its various forms of lending. Welch had little interest in R&D and manufacturing. Jeff Immelt […]…

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