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Description: Brandon Truaxe is out after turbulent week, which included shuttering all the company’s stores

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Oct.12, 2018

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/decium-ceo-removed-abnormal-beauty-company-1.4860687

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the current situation?
  • How did the organization arrived at this managerial breakdown?
  • What should the firm have done to prevent these events?
  • Do you think the brand has been damaged?
  • What would you recommend to management now?

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Description: Problem-solving is explorative process. Since my job is to help business and marketing leaders identify and tackle their biggest growth challenges, when I’m not talking to people, I’m absorbed in research or excavating insights from data.

Source: 360advertisingweek.com

Date: Oct 12, 2018

Link: http://360.advertisingweek.com/how-cmos-can-prepare-their-organisations-for-ai-driven-decision-making/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpka1pURTFPR0ZqTUdVeCIsInQiOiJkR0VBcHByVzFjS082ZzVCVjdMbWxlZG9JVENoV1JKSGFzeGp4bEFRVnpzOWJ4UEJcL0czMTNuMDRSYlhaSU9LclU4Q2ZnWnNWNmRwZE5PZFIwQk95aFZONzVVVTlUSXdBUHptdGpFMFpjVTF2MlJxWWhWWHFyU0xRU1M5UmVEYmoifQ%3D%3D

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say to managers as the presence of AI continues to grow and direct decision making?
  • Do you have any concerns with this development?
  • Do you think AI should be welcomed by managers?

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Description: Smart mirror streams live fitness classes

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/this-smart-mirror-puts-a-personal-trainer-in-your-reflection/

Questions for discussion:

  • Aside from physical fitness, what are some other applications for this technology that you think can use this technology?
  • Describe the user profile for this product.

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Description:  Shares of fintech company Square plunged as much as 15 percent Thursday after the company lost its CFO Sarah Friar.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/11/square-plunges-15percent-after-losing-its-cfo.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has the value of the firm’s shares fallen?
  • What does this report say about the relationship between management and a firm’s share value?

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Description: In a new book, journalist Nathan Schneider positions cooperative businesses as both radical and traditional–and says all businesses should move toward more democracy.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Oct 12, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90249347/why-the-cooperative-model-needs-to-be-at-the-heart-of-our-new-economy?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=7&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10122018

Questions for discussion:

  • How are large-scale cooperative organization structures different from tradition corporate structures?
  • How is managing and leading different?
  • Why do you suppose there are not more cooperative business organizations?

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Description: DeepMind has struck a critical new partnership with Unity Technologies, the game-development platform used by half the world’s mobile games, including Temple Run and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and it’s one that could also help its nascent business.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Oct 10, 2018

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/10/the-world-of-warcraft-method-why-googles-deepmind-is-training-ai-in-virtual-worlds/#5d2f39bcd170

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the direction AI is headed?
  • Which sorts of applications for AI can you envision in the near future?
  • Which businesses will be affected (disrupted) by these developments in AI?

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Description: Today the company is announcing new original programming that puts users inside the story. Is it prestige TV, social storytelling, or a whole new medium?

Source: FastCompany.com – video report

Date: Oct 10, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90248568/snap-is-making-whatever-comes-after-tv?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10102018&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpka1pURTFPR0ZqTUdVeCIsInQiOiJkR0VBcHByVzFjS082ZzVCVjdMbWxlZG9JVENoV1JKSGFzeGp4bEFRVnpzOWJ4UEJcL0czMTNuMDRSYlhaSU9LclU4Q2ZnWnNWNmRwZE5PZFIwQk95aFZONzVVVTlUSXdBUHptdGpFMFpjVTF2MlJxWWhWWHFyU0xRU1M5UmVEYmoifQ%3D%3D

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you suppose Snap is attempting to develop these programs?
  • How can they increase audience use and sharing?
  • How can they be monetized?

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Description: Professionals want to feel invested in a company that has some kind of purpose. The ping pong is ‘just window dressing’

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct.03, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/1003-biz-dd-linkedin-fpe?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Financial%20Post%20-%20Entrepreneur%202018-10-03&utm_term=FP_Entrepreneur

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how Canadian professionals evaluate a firm and decide about applying for work there?
  • Why is a firm’s online presence so important to this group?
  • What should HR departments take away from this report?

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Description: The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 03, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the problems and risks facing management and how they are dealing with them?
  • What else would you suggest?

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Sep 26, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report?
  • What do you think is motivating management?
  • How has this affected the stock price?
  • Why do you think investors responded as they did?