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Description: With pickets outside Alcoa’s aluminium plant in Bécancour, Que., output has been reduced to trickle

Source: CBC.ca – video report

Date: Jan 11, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lockout-at-one-of-canada-s-largest-smelters-drags-into-2nd-year-with-no-end-in-sight-1.4973943

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report have to say about the history of this labour dispute?
  • What would you advise the parties involved in order to settle the dispute?

Posted by & filed under Communication, Conflict, Control, Decision Making, Environment, Ethics, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Operations Management, Social Responsibility, Teams.

Description: At a company-wide town hall in early October, numerous Facebookemployees got in line to speak about their experiences with sexual harassment.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 08, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/facebook-culture-cult-performance-review-process-blamed.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the managerial culture at FB.
  • How are conditions affecting the company and its empoyees?
  • How should management respond to the concerns and criticisms, in your opinion?

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Description:  In its 47-year history, Starbucks has transformed from a single coffee bean store in Seattle to a 30,000 cafe international coffee power house. But massive expansion hasn’t come without growing pains.

How Starbucks went from one coffee bean store to an $80B business from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 07, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/01/07/starbucks-coffee-business-empire.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this report.
  • How has good management contributed to the company’s success?

Posted by & filed under Global Management, Leadership, Management, Planning, Strategy.

Description: The U.S. and China are unlikely to reach a full deal at the end of their 90-day ceasefire on tit-for-tat tariffs, but a sustained decline in markets will push President Donald Trump to close a deal, an expert told CNBC on Monday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 07, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/07/us-china-trade-talks-trump-will-be-push-to-make-a-trade-deal-with-china-should-markets-continue-to-tank.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How do tariffs affect American businesses?
  • Why is there strong pressure to solve the dispute with China?

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Description: Want to come up with a world-changing business idea? First step, think locally. What exactly does your community need?

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Jan 09, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/325922?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article suggest to entrepreneurs looking for business development ideas?
  • Do you think the ideas are simplistic?
  • What others suggestions would offer?

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Description:  Most people think of gamers as Xbox-obsessed teenagers, but it turns out that mobile is by far the more popular place to play

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-gaming-poised-for-significant-growth-in-2019?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the future of mobile gaming?
  • What are the opportunities available to developers for monetizing this growth?

Posted by & filed under Communication, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Planning, Strategy, Teams.

Description: Innovation is a big word. It’s a tough word and many businesses claim to be doing it… but few can demonstrate it (well).

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 01, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/big-innovation-with-tendayi-viki-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the interview teach you about innovation and development?
  • What is your general impression of the ideas put forward?

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Description: Selling up is a huge emotional challenge, compounded by tax regulations and finding someone qualified to step into the business: Opinion

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Dec 13, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/nearly-75-of-smb-owners-will-exit-their-businesses-in-10-years-who-will-fill-their-shoes

Questions for discussion:

  • Given that many existing small businesses will be available for acquisition in the near term, how should their current owners find their replacements and capitalize on the transition as much as possible?
  • What does the report say about current entrepreneurs’ attitudes towards business ownership? Why do you think this is so?

Posted by & filed under Change, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Negotiation, New product, Organizational Change, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams, Technology.

Description: In early July 2018, Marc Benioff packed his iPhone and iPad into a FedEx envelope and mailed it to his summer home in Hawaii. The billionaire CEO of Salesforce then hopped on a plane out of San Francisco for a quiet two-week vacation across the Galapagos Islands, Bora Bora and Easter Island.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 05, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/30/salesforce-marc-benioff-talks-tech-ethics-time-magazine-and-vacation.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the article describe Marc Benioff?
  • Do you believe his leadership style and managerial thinking is the way of the future?

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Description:  Amazon.com Inc. is a dominant player in industries as diverse as cloud computing, streaming media, and of course e-commerce, but the next business it should set its sights on is decidedly more old fashioned: gas stations.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Jan 02, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-02/amazon-should-disrupt-gas-stations-says-street-s-biggest-bull

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the pros and cons for this new venture?
  • Do you think Amazon will go ahead with it?