Google sister company wants a cut of Toronto’s property taxes for developing smart city

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Description: Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs wants a cut of Toronto’s revenue to build out its vision of a futuristic data-driven smart city. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 15, 2019 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/google-sister-company-wants-cut-torontos-property-taxes-developing-smart-city-164129521.html Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this thinking for the firms and for governments? Do you think firms should be pushing for… Read more »

Huawei Sting Offers Rare Glimpse of the U.S. Targeting a Chinese Giant

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Description:  Diamond glass could make your phone’s screen nearly unbreakable—and its inventor says the FBI enlisted him after Huawei tried to steal his secrets. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-04/huawei-sting-offers-rare-glimpse-of-u-s-targeting-chinese-giant?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does this report say about industrial espionage and management? What should managers take away from this report?

Early Facebook designer: “Sometimes you don’t know something’s wrong until it’s too late”

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Description: Facebook acquired Maria Giudice’s design firm in 2013. Today, she’s an independent consultant and an advocate for “designing for unintended consequences.” Source: FastCompany.com Date: Feb 08, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90303374/early-facebook-designer-sometimes-you-dont-know-somethings-wrong-until-its-too-late?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=5&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=02082019 Questions for discussion: What has changed online to make design so important to firms like Facebook? Why do you think Facebook acquired the firm, rather… Read more »

Unifor calls for Canadian boycott on GM vehicles built in Mexico

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Description: The union representing workers at General Motors’ Oshawa assembly plant on Friday called on Canadians to boycott any of the automaker’s vehicles manufactured in Mexico. Source: CBC.ca Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/oshawa-unifor-gm-plant-boycott-mexico-1.4992989 Questions for discussion: Do you think this union strategy will have any positive results or cause GM to respond in some way?… Read more »

Health care industry spends $30 billion a year on marketing

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Description: Critics say patients are often misled by ads that advocate high-priced drugs, unapproved stem cell treatments or genetic tests. Source: NBC.com Date: Jan 08, 2019 Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/health-care-industry-spends-30-billion-year-marketing-n956251 Questions for discussion: Summarize the criticisms leveled at the health care industry in this report? Do you agree with the assessments? How should the industry, governments, and… Read more »

Lockout at one of Canada’s largest smelters drags into 2nd year, with no end in sight

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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… Read more »

Inside Facebook’s ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time

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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… Read more »

Why the Arrest of Huawei’s CFO Has Helped Send Stock Markets Into a Tailspin

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Description: Asian indices plummeted today—Nikkei 225 down 1.9%, Hang Seng down 2.5%, Shanghai Composite down 1.7%—and Europe’s Stoxx 600 is down 1.9% at the time of writing. The main catalyst for the continuation of this week’s selloff was the arrest in Canada of Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of… Read more »

Arrest of ousted Nissan Chairman Ghosn invites conspiracy theories, talk of ‘a coup,’ among auto executives

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Description: If all had gone according to plan, Carlos Ghosn would have been winging his way to Amsterdam on his corporate jet Wednesday night en route to a potentially critical meeting of senior members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — of which he has long served as CEO. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 30, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/arrest-of-ousted-nissan-chairman-ghosn-invites-conspiracy-theories.html Questions for… Read more »

Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost

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Description: No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings. In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way? Across Wall Street, men… Read more »