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Study Paves Way for 'Entrepreneur Pill'

Start-up bosses seen to make tough calls under stress; researchers see hormone link

(Newser) - A study that links entrepreneurial success to risky decision-making, a trait less prevalent among buttoned-up business managers, has scientists pondering whether a pill could boost enterprising behavior. Riskiness is associated with the hormone dopamine, which could inject chutzpah into hesitant managers, the Telegraph reports. Critics doubt chemicals are solely responsible,... More »

Corporate America Tries to Chip Away at Lawyer Bills

With first $1B legal charge on horizon, companies create new fee structure

(Newser) - With corporate legal fees skyrocketing to unprecedented heights—the median amount big companies forked over per outside lawyer in 2007 was more than $600,000—firms are moving to exert some measure of control, Portfolio reports. Some of America’s biggest businesses are taking dramatic steps, like trading long-term agreements... More »

IBM to Buy Canada's Cognos for $5B

Company's software products model business decisions

(Newser) - IBM will buy Cognos for $5 billion, the latest in a rash of “business intelligence” software acquisitions. The move could help IBM keep up with SAP AG and Oracle, each of which recently teamed with similar companies, the AP reports. The purchase price is a 9% premium over Cognos’... More »

SAP to Acquire France's Business Objects

$6.78 billion deal bolsters SAP's business intelligence position

(Newser) - German business software maker SAP agreed yesterday to buy French Business Objects, SA for $6.78 billion, making an aggressive move into the business intelligence market, the Wall Street Journal reports . Business Objects is a market leader in the field, which analyzes a firm’s performance and that of its... More »

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