Management: Thinking Small

While unemployment grows among the unskilled and semiskilled. U.S. business cannot seem to get enough of one prized employee: the executive. This week, months before graduation, executive recruiters are swarming over U.S. campuses in their spring recruitment drive for trainees. The big. nationwide companies dominate the scene. Despite the blandishments of big companies, however, an increasing number of both young and seasoned executives are choosing smaller firms (those not among the top 500 U.S. corporations) as the best place to pursue their careers.

Smaller companies now attract a respectable 15% of the graduates of Harvard...

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