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Quick Changes 2011

  • Smooth Operators Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:56 PM ET
    Quick Change for Business - A CNBC Special Report

    Cost-cutting moves can result from inspiration, or the overlooked obvious, but companies have been thriving on them for decades. It may not raise revenue, but it certainly helps the bottom line.

  • Turnaround CEOs Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Whether it's running a multinational company or a family business, being the CEO requires a special set of skills. The demands are even greater for those taking the helm at a struggling company. A turnaround boss needs to have a clear action plan and goals, a realistic timeline and the support of the company's board and senior managers. Even the best strategy, however, needs to be accompanied by financial results, whether it’s greater market share, larger profits, a higher stock price or prefera

    Whether it's running a multinational company or a family business, being the CEO requires a special set of skills. So which CEOs have succeeded where others have not? FInd out!

  • Physicians Embrace Web-Based Health Solutions Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 9:07 AM ET

    Physicians are embracing Web-based software solutions that are bringing healthcare services into the home.

  • Reaping Big Cost Savings With Reverse Auctions Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 1:08 PM ET

    Companies big and small are embracing the model to gain leverage over  suppliers of all kinds of services, goods and materials.   

  • Retailers Use Social Media To Fine-Tune Operations Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 10:23 AM ET
    A man shops at the Abercrombie & Fitch store in the San Francisco Shopping Center in San Francisco, California.

    The ability to monitor consumer tastes gives retailers access to a trove of information that may help them plan product lines and inventory.

  • New Materials Mean Shifting Production Overseas Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 12:19 PM ET

    For American bicycle makers, the move to carbon fiber materials was a case of re-inventing the frame —not the wheel.

  • Make IT Part of Your Business Strategy Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 2:22 PM ET

    Information technology is, of course, an integral part of running a business. Too often, however, it’s not an integral part of a company’s strategic goals.

  • As business struggle for profits in a uneven economy, many are turning to outside consultants to stay alive and  boost their bottom lines.

  • Hedging Helps Smooth Cost Structure Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:52 PM ET
    Commodities traders at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    While derivatives themselves carry risks and financial scandals have tarnished their image, many companies still use futures contracts, swaps, collars, and other hedging instruments to minimize volatility in their cost of doing business.

  • Telecommuting Becomes A Retention Tool Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 2:53 PM ET

    Companies that allow or encourage their employees to work from home, rather than come to the office, are more interested in maintaining a happy workforce than achieving any direct cost savings.

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