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On January 9, Google’s stock was at a historic low – at $290 per share – it spiked upward to $380 per share in mid-February before settling in at its current state at $340. Now, that’s a lot of volatility, even in this wild stock market environment. But Google has a history of being Wall Street’s Wild Child, with war stories coming in from Silicon Valley about Google’s lax management structure, loose organizational style, and rampant eccentricities from staffers that have gone unrebuked by company executives. Hey, when you’re as successful as Google, Bart Simpson could run the boardroom and …

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A couple of weeks ago, [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/07/whos_the_boss.html"]InformationWeek[/URL] ran an interesting piece reporting on a Forrester Research survey. The crux of the survey is that CIOs tend to report to a lot of different people, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs and heads of business units. It’s interesting that the chain of command differs according to the industry of the organization. In business services, for instance, 46 percent of CIOs report to the CEO. That percentage is down to 37 percent in financial service and 35 percent in manufacturing. Though the numbers are interesting, the conclusion – that CIOs report to a bunch of …

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Are technology companies getting a raw deal over a new international accounting rule? Plenty of tech company CFO's seem to think so. In a survey released this week by BDO Seidman, LLP, an accounting and consulting group, about half - 49% - of all chief financial officers at U.S. technology businesses surveyed feel they are at a competitive disadvantage to their foreign counterparts. The problem? A new accounting rule that allows foreign competitors to report their financial results under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), without reconciling the figures to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). If that seems to be …

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