Winter 1998

Winter 1998

The Secrets of Her Success

The mystique starts with her name. Orit Gadiesh. How do you pronounce it anyway? Is she Arab? Israeli, then. Almost six feet tall in four-inch heels. Rumored to have been a tank commander in the Israeli Army. And her hair? It’s purple. Really. This straight-talking woman with short black skirts and chunky jewelry has made(...)

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The Death and Life of an Empowerment Zone

The Death and Life of an Empowerment Zone

Pat Cusick, a longtime fighter for the low-income residents of Boston’s South End, ought to know better than to get his hopes up. As executive director of the South End Neighborhood Action Program, or SNAP, Cusick has seen government programs — urban renewal, Model Cities, enterprise zones — come and go, sometimes helping, sometimes hurting,(...)

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The Business Climate

The Business Climate

In the eyes of the political partisan, the world is made up of (1) the enemy, (2) crusaders against the enemy, and (3) compromisers, middle-of-the-roaders, and weak-kneed trimmers who defer to the powers-that-be. This is not a bad formulation, as far as it goes, and politics would not be politics without it. But it does(...)

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The Poetics of Modern Management

The Witch Doctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus By John Micklethwait & Adrian WooldridgeTimes Books, New York, 1996, 369 pages. Dangerous Company: The Consulting Powerhouses and the Businesses They Save and Ruin By James O’Shea and Charles MadiganTimes Books, New York, 1997, 355 pages. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge credit Shelley with noting that,(...)

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The Boardroom Christ

A curious corollary to the anti-politics of the 1980s and 1990s — to the pervasive desire to throw the bums out — has been the wish to replace them with “businessmen” who will make things right again. First it was Lee Iacocca who would save the nation as he had saved Chrysler, thereby revising the(...)

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A Developers Nightmare

A Developers Nightmare

There are any number of nightmares that disturb the average developer’s sleep: an environmentalist with a lawsuit; an unscrupulous partner with connections to the Cayman Islands; a crash-course familiarity with Chapter 11 bankruptcy law. Less terrifying but still unsettling: an appearance in front of a Massachusetts town meeting. Put 200 people in a room with(...)

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Ultra Empowerment Zones

Little noticed in President Clinton’s 1998 budget is the provision for Urban Ultra Empowerment Zones (UUEZ) — a master plan of tax credits, subsidies, grants, and loan guarantees targeted to the maintenance and creation of selected areas of urban ultra-privilege. To qualify as a UUEZ, an area must show family income, schooling and employment levels(...)

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Cost of Doing Business

Massachusetts has become, in some ways, a more affordable place to do business, according to research by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. In 1993, when MTF released its first report on business costs, the state ranked near the top in six key categories: health care costs, manufacturing wages, workers’ compensation insurance rates, unemployment compensation rates, corporate(...)

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With Michael Porter Professor Scholar Consultant

Massachusetts is a place full of professors, but it’s hard to think of one who has had more influence on state government in recent years than Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter. An internationally sought-after thinker about economic competitiveness, Porter helped guide the early efforts of Governor William Weld’s administration, as it sought to(...)

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