The King of Mail-Order Muscles
Flab, begone! Earle Edwin Liederman wanted men to learn his vaudeville-strongman secrets—for a not-so-low price.
Who Was Elsie, besides the World’s Most Famous Cow?
In the Great Depression, Borden sought a new spokescow to help preserve its traditional agrarian image.
Only You Can Prevent Useless Gifts
Is it time for a revival of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving (SPUG)?
Why We Love Local Businesses
The explanation may have to do with the gift economy.
How to Cure Groupthink
"Groupthink" describes the systematic errors groups can make when facing important collective decisions. How can it be avoided?
It’s Time to Break Up the Apple App Store
Apple's stranglehold on the App Store is problematic. Our technology columnist explains why.
Why Companies Swallow Poison Pills
Faced with a potential hostile takeover, companies may deploy a dramatic shareholder rights plan, colloquially known as a "poison pill."
Business Advice from Aristotle
The philosopher’s teachings were not an absolute condemnation of the pursuit of profit.
The Gender Gap Is Even More Insidious Than You Thought
Women are more likely to be excluded from key networks, less likely to have had managerial experience, and have fewer mentors to signpost the way forward.
Do Psychopaths Really Make Good CEOs?
It's a well known trope: the powerful, high-earning businessman with the pathologically low levels of empathy. But do psychopaths make good CEOs?