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Two for the Price of One: The 60 hour work week

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Think about what would happen if America adopted the European 35 hour work week. It would lead to a significant reduction in the numbers of millions unemployed. But this would lead to one unpopular side effect it would dramatically increase labor costs and lower the wealth of CEOs and their stockholders.


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He has taught in MBA programs for almost 35 years in 2002 he left academe to work for Home Depot where he witnessed the absurdity of corporate life. He is now semiretired and serves on the faculty as an adjunct professor at several institutions. He (more...)

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