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  • Offshoring by the Numbers

    Results of our survey of 275 finance executives at a broad range of companies. June 1, 2004

  • Best Practice: Not Always Best Strategy

    Benchmarking is an important way to improve operational efficiency, but is not a tool for strategic decision making. When competitors all try to play exactly the same game, declining margins are bound to follow. February 24, 2004

  • 10th Annual Cost Management Survey

    According to our latest survey, companies have been diligently pruning overhead, leaving them primed to capitalize on an economic recovery. February 12, 2004

  • Compensation and Cash Flow

    Why many companies are using metrics from the cash flow statement, and not just the income statement, to measure annual performance and award bonuses. January 21, 2004

  • Mind the Gap: The 2003 Cash-Flow Scorecard

    A new study of operating cash flow and earnings for the 87 nonfinancial companies in the Standard and Poor's 100 suggests that the recent upturn in corporate profits may not be sustainable. December 1, 2003

  • IT Directions 2.0

    Our annual survey of senior finance executives finds them bullish on the value of IT and prepared to raise budgets accordingly. September 15, 2003

  • Barely Working: The 2003 Working Capital Survey

    Companies squeezed more cash from their businesses this year -- but not much. Was it the economy, or too much focus on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance? September 3, 2003

  • Ninth Annual Cost Management Survey

    Companies have wrung out plenty of costs. But it will take time to see the full impact. February 1, 2003

  • Tuning In to Cash Flow

    We examined the operating cash flow of the S&P 100. Our findings? Surprisingly, there's reason to be optimistic about America's blue chips. December 1, 2002

  • We Can Work It Out: The 2002 Working Capital Survey

    Some companies have learned how to reduce working capital without punishing customers or suppliers. But the alternatives aren't totally pain-free. August 1, 2002

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