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Description: Kevin Carmichael: Generating economic growth from ideas instead of goods will require different policies than the ones with which we have become comfortable

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 15, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/technology/it-will-take-much-bigger-thinking-if-canada-is-to-compete-with-giants-in-the-ideas-economy#comments-area

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the future vision for Canadian companies if GDP is to grow substantially?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?
  • How can IT managers cultivate growth, given the circumstances described?

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Description: Sheryl Sandberg was seething. Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 14, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the criticism aimed at the firm and its management in this report.
  • Do you agree with the evaluation and blame?
  • What would you recommend to management going forward?
  • Is it time for government regulation?

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Description: PG&E’s stock has lost more than half its value this week as shareholders flee the utility amid concerns that its equipment may be partly responsible for the most destructive wildfire in California’s history.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 13, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/pge-has-lost-half-its-value-as-shareholders-fear-its-role-in-ca-fire.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has the company stock value fallen?
  • What does this scenario suggest to investors and rate payers?
  • How can management mitigate the damage done to the company reputation?

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Description:  Walmart reported 43% e-commerce growth and U.S. same-store sales growth of 3.4% in the third quarter

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 15, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmarts-focus-on-lower-prices-e-commerce-pays-off-as-costs-rise-and-tariffs-loom-2018-11-15

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and interpret the reported financial results at Walmart.
  • What explains these results?

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Description: In this series, Instagram Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular Instagram accounts to find out the secrets of their success.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 14, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/323282?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key lessons learned from this interview.
  • Create a sketch of another idea that you think could match this design.

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Description: With the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs, Facebook  has over the last year or so slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s  territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects.

Source: TechCrunch.com

Date: Nov13, 2018

Link: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/13/facebook-learning-mentorships-jobs/?yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this concept is a good field for Facebook growth?
  • What advantages does Facebook have as a competitor?

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Description: Alphabet is working to organize its many health projects.

Source: Engadget.com

Date: Nov 13, 2018

Link: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/google-takes-over-deepmind-health/?yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think these acquisitions are appropriate areas for future growth for Google?
  • What does Google offer these firms that drives these deals?

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Description: Job vacancies are on the rise in agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and in jobs such as plumbing, mechanics and electricians. It’s time high schools starting teaching and promoting their value: CFIB

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/why-do-we-have-high-youth-unemployment-concurrent-with-a-national-labour-shortage

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the reasons for high youth unemployment and what businesses should do?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: Facebook on Friday became the latest tech company to end a policy of requiring employees to settle claims of sexual harassment through private arbitration, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. It will now allow employees to take these types of claims to court.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 09, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/09/facebook-ends-mandatory-arbitration-for-sexual-harassment-claims.html?__source=sharebar%7Cemail&par=sharebar

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the change taking place in workplace relationships at the firms mentioned in this report?
  • What does this say about the power divisions between employees at various levels?
  • How do you think these events will affect management at these firms and at others who are watching?

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Description: With five NBA Championships, an Olympic gold medal and various MVP awards to his name, Earvin “Magic” Johnson will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But the former Laker may be remembered for his business skills as well as his signature hook shot.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 9, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/09/how-magic-johnson-got-starbucks-ceo-howard-schultz-to-partner-with-him.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the vision and broader business goals expressed by Johnson?
  • How is he affecting business development and attitudes amongst wealthy investors?