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A chief knowledge officer (CKO) must collect, manage, filter, and present business and technical knowledge to advance the company's competitive position. This will be an increasingly important function. [IW, 29Sep97. EduP.]

A 1996 Reuters Business Information report claims that half of all senior managers and a third of all managers suffer from "Information Fatigue Syndrome" -- physical sickness from information overload. [IBD, 01Oct96 (?). EduP, 02Oct97.]

A new Inc. survey of 200 executives found that 68% view entrepreneurs rather than corporate CEOs as America's business heros. 37% said they'd run their own businesses if they had it to do over again. [SJM, 13Oct97, 1E.] (So maybe 63% _wouldn't_ want to run their own businesses. It's not an easy career.)

Many Japanese corporations are looking for ways to encourage individual creativity or entrepreneurial spirit. They're trying to combat slow decision-making, known as Big Company Disease. Efforts include wall slogans, flexible hours programs (largely ignored), trips to Silicon Valley, and well-supported spin-off companies derived from employee suggestions. NEC keeps the new CEOs on payroll; Fujitsu forces them out on their own. [NYT. SJM, 13Oct97, 3E.]

High-tech products come and go so quickly that politicians have had little success in setting up trade barriers. Japan is currently a pretty good market for Silicon Valley exports, which are up about 145% since 1993. Information technology should continue to sell well in Japan. If any US company chooses not to export, worldwide competitors are likely to step in with similar products. [Michael Dorgan, SJM, 15Oct97, 25A.]