Trends: V.P. for the Future

In U.S. industry, not to grow and change is not to survive. What troubles many companies in an increasingly complex world is how to grow and in what direction to change. The man they are turning to for many of the answers (though not the decisions) is a new and influential corporate executive who is expected to combine the brains of a scientist with the intuition of a soothsayer: the corporate planner. "Ideally," says Vice President John P. Gallagher of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, "the corporate planner would have a law degree, an engineering degree,...

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