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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Come hear a talk on How The ThinkPad Changed The World

I’m launching the publicity for “How The ThinkPad Changed The World” on June 21 at a Silicon Dragon conference in New York City. Here’s the linkĀ for that event. It’s been an amazing ride since the ThinkPad was introduced in 1992. Prior to that time, personal computers were so big that you had to use a […]…

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If Trump Wants To Get Tough With Germany, Learn How They Do It

I realize Trump’s style is to blow off steam without any substantive understanding of the issues, but let’s play a little game. What if he seriously wanted to attack the trade gap between Germany and the United States? He would learn about how the Germans have organized themselves and imitate as much of it as […]…

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