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Despite his keen interest in Telex Corp, Asher Edelman doesn’t spend all his time on corporate vivisection – sometimes he lectures about it, and this semester he is giving 15 hand-picked students (87 were turned away) at New York’s Columbia Business School a course entitled Corporate Raiding: The Art of War: Mr Edelman is an honourable man, so after he set the kids an end-of- term project to come up with a suitable candidate for corporate raiding and explain why, promising a $100,000 finder’s fee to any stu-dent who came up with a company he subsequently pursued, he was so em-barrassed when the dean, John Burton demanded that in the interests of academic purity, the offer be rescinded, Edelman insisted that the dean tell the class himself.

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