A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

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Description: A quarter-century ago, there were 56 teenagers in the labor force for every “limited service” restaurant — that is, the kind where you order at the counter. Today, there are fewer than half as many, which is a reflection both of teenagers’ decreasing work force participation and of the explosive growth in restaurants. Source:… Read more »

The huge job opportunity in Canadian tech (that no one is talking about)

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Description: The current innovation boom hasn’t just created outsized demand for IT pros, it’s created an equivalent demand for salespeople Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Apr 19, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/the-huge-job-opportunity-in-canadian-tech-that-no-one-is-talking-about Questions for discussion: Summarize the sales training and hiring issues facing Canadian tech companies, according to Ryan Holmes. Do you agree with his solutions and recommendsations? What… Read more »

The Truth About U.S.-China Car Trade

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Description: Despite what President Trump says, America is coming out on top. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Apr 12, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/04/12/china-solar-intelligent-highway/ Questions for discussion: What does the report say about trade between the two countries? Who would benefit from higher tariffs? How would consumers respond to higher tariffs?

New Numbers Show the Gender Pay Gap Is Real

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Description: There’s an essential, frustrating truth about the gender pay gap: You can size it up or down depending on what you’d like to measure—and what you’d like to measure depends on what you think the pay gap is. Are you talking about all women across the economy? In a specific industry? A specific company?… Read more »

In search of higher margins, Canada Goose to make more of its own luxury coats

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Description: Company plans to have as many as 20 stores by the end of 2020 from six now Source: CBC.ca Date: Mar 21, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-goose-production-1.4586041 Questions for discussion: Explain the success of the firm from an operations management point of view. Why has domestic production helped increase margins? What else can management do to… Read more »

Toys ‘R’ Us Is Closing Its Stores — But Who Will Take the Space?

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Description: The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords, who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few tenants would want them. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 16, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/16/toys-r-us-vacant-storefronts/ Questions for discussion: Why did the company fail? What could management… Read more »

For many factory towns, white collar job loss hurts the most

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Description: With the abandoned smokestacks off the bay and ramshackle factories along 12th Street, it’s easy to pin the blame for this industrial city’s plight on the loss of manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico. Source: Star-Telegram.com Date: Mar 7, 2018 Link: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/national/article203862089.html Questions for discussion: What does this report say about the complexity of… Read more »

Ottawa to scrap IBM payroll plan gone awry, costing $1 billion

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Description: Canada plans to scrap a major IBM federal payroll plan that created chaos for thousands of government workers and will have cost the government almost $1 billion by the time it’s over. Source: BNN.ca Date: Mar 01, 2018 Link: https://www.bnn.ca/ottawa-to-scrap-ibm-payroll-plan-gone-awry-costing-1-billion-1.1014734 Questions for discussion: What lessons are to be learned from this fiasco by managers at… Read more »

Just how shallow is the artificial intelligence talent pool?

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Description: It might be 10,000 or it might be 300,000. Whichever, ‘the talent shortage is real’ and the only solution is for universities and governments to fund more training Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 07, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/fp-innovators/just-how-shallow-is-the-artificial-intelligence-talent-pool Questions for discussion: Why is it important for HR managers to know the numbers of skilled AI engineers?… Read more »

Snap CEO snags a $637 million bonus

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Description: CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports on Snap CEO Evan Spiegel’s massive bonus following the company’s IPO last year. Snap CEO snags a $637 million bonus from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/02/23/snap-ceo-snags-a-637-million-bonus.html Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose investors would buy shares in a company in which they… Read more »