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All business cases and some business issue articles presented below received a grade of A or A+ from my professors in graduate school. The remaining business issue articles were ungraded because I wrote them after finishing graduate school.

Business Cases:

Nucor Steel: Into the Storm

10-25-2011 Hits:2946 Company Analysis George Adams

Nucor Steel: Into the Storm

One of the largest steel companies in the U.S.had a forty year track record of unbroken profitability until 2009. How can Nucor succeed in a tougher, harsher climate?

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RITZ-CARLTON (Circa 2008)

12-15-2011 Hits:3070 Company Analysis George Adams

RITZ-CARLTON (Circa 2008)

 The business strategy of luxury with a human face requires both popularity and exclusivity. How can Ritz-Carlton master this apparent contradiction?

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SAS Company Analysis (Circa 1995)

12-13-2011 Hits:2553 Company Analysis George Adams

SAS Company Analysis (Circa 1995)

Does it pay to fly dirty?

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Otis Elevator (Circa 2004)

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Otis Elevator (Circa 2004)

The largest elevator company in the world has to make some tough choices.

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Vertex Company Analysis (Circa 2003)

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Vertex Company Analysis (Circa 2003)

Crucial business decisions can benefit from the insights of combinatoric analysis.

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Walmart Company Analysis (Circa 2003)

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Walmart Company Analysis (Circa 2003)

The largest retailer in the world is getting too big to grow any further without new and better thinking.

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Sara Lee Corporation (Circa 2008)

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Sara Lee Corporation (Circa 2008)

Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee, until the company started hating itself.

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Southwest Airlines (Circa 2010)

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Southwest Airlines (Circa 2010)

How can the most successful U.S. airline keep it up?

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The Power to Save the World: Fusion, the Unknown Ideal

12-28-2012 Hits:3007 Company Analysis George Adams

The Power to Save the World: Fusion, the Unknown Ideal

Energy is the ultimate question of our time: how do we get it, at what cost and what consequences?

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Business Issues:

IT'S TAX TIME AGAIN

02-03-2017 Hits:744 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

IT'S TAX TIME AGAIN

The 2017 tax filing season opened on Monday, January 23rd when the IRS began processing returns.

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HOW TRUMP DID IT

11-09-2016 Hits:950 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

HOW TRUMP DID IT

This article is strictly non-political and explains how the billionaire Donald Trump legally avoided income taxes for many years.

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WHAT RECORDS SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR ACCOUNTANT?

01-13-2017 Hits:871 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

WHAT RECORDS SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR ACCOUNTANT?

For many people it's not obvious what records and information their accountant needs. This article will discuss the most important information your accountant must know when it's time to do your taxes.

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BEWARE OF DARK CARS

01-13-2017 Hits:665 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

BEWARE OF DARK CARS

One phenomenon that began in the last few years in Central Maine is dark cars

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YEAR END TAX PLANNING

11-29-2015 Hits:1654 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

YEAR END TAX PLANNING

Once more it’s time to play another deep game of chess with the IRS. Are you ready? The clock is ticking....

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Why Are You Using An LLC?

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Why Are You Using An LLC?

It can cost you a fortune if you choose the wrong entity for your business.

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Pi and Pi Squared

10-31-2011 Hits:5012 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

Pi and Pi Squared

How can companies motivate innovation and manage internal conflict effectively?

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Secret Unions: Employee Collusion and Conspiracy

10-25-2011 Hits:5215 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

Secret Unions: Employee Collusion and Conspiracy

Anyone can use Game Theory to try to get ahead. But sometimes there is a better, simpler strategy.

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Jump! Employee Performance On Trial

10-31-2011 Hits:4848 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

Jump! Employee Performance On Trial

The true and the obvious frequently differ, especially when it comes to assessing employee performance.

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You Have to Break Eggs to Make an Omelet

11-30-2011 Hits:4537 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

You Have to Break Eggs to Make an Omelet

Some employees take their work seriously while others don’t.

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The Fallacy of Teamwork Part I: Train of Thought

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The Fallacy of Teamwork Part I: Train of Thought

Is teamwork the answer to every business problem?

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The Fallacy of Teamwork Part II: Michael Jordan Doesn’t Need a Memo

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The Fallacy of Teamwork Part II: Michael Jordan Doesn’t Need a Memo

What does neuroscience have to say about the applicability of the team sports model to business collaboration?

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On the Relative Importance of Sales People and Technical People to Business

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On the Relative Importance of Sales People and Technical People to Business

Is it really true that technical employees are just a bunch of nerds a company puts up with so its star sales people can make big profits?

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Business Cannot Ignore Its Environment

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Business Cannot Ignore Its Environment

The power of goodwill to destroy the most successful companies.

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Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence

There is nothing new under the sun, until computers become smarter than the smartest person.

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The Growing Spectacle of Job Lotteries

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The Growing Spectacle of Job Lotteries

A new take on the growing commodification of labor.

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Understanding Tax Clients

06-05-2012 Hits:3185 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

Understanding Tax Clients

The primary cliché of our profession of taxes and accounting is that every client is different.

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Making Business Succeed, Part One: Winning at Retail

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Making Business Succeed, Part One: Winning at Retail

What you don't know may put you out of business.

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Making Business Succeed, Part Two: Fresh Thinking For Farmers

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Making Business Succeed, Part Two: Fresh Thinking For Farmers

There are many reasons for having faith in a seed.

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Making Business Succeed, Part Three: Succeeding with Services

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Making Business Succeed, Part Three: Succeeding with Services

Your journey to success will have many twists and turns. Here are important insights to guide you to success with your service business.

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Making Business Succeed, Part Four: Victory for Vacationland

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Making Business Succeed, Part Four: Victory for Vacationland

Tourism and related businesses dominate the economy of Vacationland.

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Five Key Facts of Life for Non­‐Profits

08-14-2013 Hits:3837 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

Five Key Facts of Life for Non­‐Profits

You may be the last line of defense for your non-profit organization.

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CLOUDY, WITH A CHANCE OF PAIN

07-31-2014 Hits:3358 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

CLOUDY, WITH A CHANCE OF PAIN

The truth about cloud-based accounting and the dangers of bundling.

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TAX RETURN FRAUD IS RAMPANT

04-26-2015 Hits:1955 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

TAX RETURN FRAUD IS RAMPANT

According to a January 2015 news release from the IRS, for the period 2011 – 2014 the tax agency stopped 19 million suspicious tax returns and prevented the issuance of approximately $63 billion in phony refunds.

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GEORGE'S POWER BREAKFAST

01-17-2016 Hits:2618 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

GEORGE'S POWER BREAKFAST

Business owners are the nucleus of their business, the center upon which everything else depends. It is frequently the case that business owners simply can't afford to get sick. Healthy food is the best preventative medicine of all.

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GHOST ASSETS

10-27-2016 Hits:859 Business Issue Analysis George Adams

GHOST ASSETS

Are You Being Haunted By Them? If You Are It’s Costing You Money

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