March 2011

University of Oregon stadium events sizzle

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Monday, February 28, 2011
0311_UOStadium_02Love it or hate it, the strange floor at the University of Oregon’s new basketball arena is definitely eye-catching. It is also removable. Once the ball game ends, preparations can begin to ready the facility for everything from bull riding to the Eugene Symphony.
 

Hot and cold energy

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
0311_NextWithout sufficient storage capabilities, alternative energy is inconsistent and unreliable. Richard Peterson, professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, is developing a thermal energy storage system that competes with current energy storage methods.
 

Powerlist: Financial planning firms

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

This month's Powerlist ranks Oregon financial planning firms by assets under management (AUM).

 

100 Best Category Winners and Methodology

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The 100 Best overall score is based on five employee survey category scores and the employer survey of benefits score. Here are the top 3 large, medium and small company winners in each of those categories, as well as the methodology used to conduct the survey.

 

The 2011 List: Top 33 Small Companies to Work For in Oregon

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 18 this year with nearly 14,000 employees participating. The small size category is comprised of the top 33 highest-scoring companies with 15-34 Oregon employees.

 

The 2011 List: Top 34 Medium Companies to Work For in Oregon

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 18 this year with nearly 14,000 employees participating. The medium size category is comprised of the top 34  highest-scoring  companies with 35-99 Oregon employees.

 

The 2011 List: Top 33 Large Companies to Work For in Oregon

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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Our annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon turns 18 this year with nearly 14,000 employees participating. The large size category is comprised of the top 33 highest-scoring companies with 100 or more Oregon employees.

 

 
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There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

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