Volkswagen in deep crisis

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Description: Volkswagen (VW) may have landed itself in a crisis that is unprecedented in modern memory. Their act of installing a device to mislead regulators will surely result in a massive number of litigations. Source: CBC Date: September 22, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2675990932/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Explain the sequence of events that led to VW’s crisis?… Read more »

Should Canada rebrand itself in the wake of the oil crisis?

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Description: Energy has been Canada’s leading export merchandise; at least till recently, when auto sales topped the export numbers. In the wake of the oil slump, should Canada refocus on other strategic industries or skillsets to remain competitive in the global market? Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 11, 2015 Text Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/rebranding-the-canadian-economy-in-the-wake-of-the-oil-slump/article26340860/ Questions… Read more »

Financial Crisis in Greece

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Description: Greece continues to grapple with its tremendous debt. In a recent referendum, Greece said no to austerity measures demanded by the European Union. However, faced by increasing debt, the Greece has little option. Source: The Washington Post Date: July 10, 2015 Video Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/european-officials-pore-over-greeces-last-ditch-request-for-a-bailout/2015/07/10/1467a97e-2645-11e5-b621-b55e495e9b78_story.html Questions for Discussion: What led Greece to its current situation?… Read more »

Stock Market Turmoil in China

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Description: The Chinese stock market has been collapsing over the last month—in the last three weeks investors have lost $3 trillion. The market condition in China is a problem that will impact the entire world. Source: The Guardian Date: July 10, 2015 Video and text Link: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/10/china-stock-market-crash-world-problem-struggling-economy-small-invesots Questions for Discussion: Discuss the measures taken by… Read more »

Shopify’s initial public offering smashes expectations

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  Description: Shopify, an Ottawa based company, sold 7.7 million shares at $17 apiece to raise $131 million in its initial public offering, smashing expectations. Shopify provides software for small businesses that helps them sell their products online. Today, more than 160,000 stores across 150 countries use Shopify. Source: CBC Date: May 26, 2015 Video… Read more »

More job cuts at Bombardier

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  Description: Bombardier will cut 1750 jobs. They cite international problems in Russia and China as major reasons for these cuts. A major burden of these job cuts will be felt at Bombardier’s Montreal office, where 1000 employees will be laid off. Source: CBC Date: May 14, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2667229488/ Questions for Discussion: 1…. Read more »

Impact of Apple Watch on Swiss Watch Brands

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Description: Apple Watch will hit the stores next month. It is expected that it will reach sales of 20 million to 30 million units annually in the first few years; in comparison, the four-century old Swiss watch industry exported 28.6 million watches in 2014. Apple Watch is likely to challenge the mighty Swiss watch brands… Read more »

Bell Media President Urges Canadian Broadcasters to Take U.S. Networks off Canadian Airwaves

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Description: The president of Bell Media urges Canadian Broadcasters to get rid of U.S. networks such as CBS, NBC and FOX from Canadian Airwaves. This comes in light of Bell Media’s over-the-air-network CTV loosing $40 million last year. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: March 06, 2015 Text Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/take-us-networks-off-canadian-airwaves-bell-media-urges/article23343364/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss the… Read more »

Canada’s largest engineering and construction firm facing corruption charges

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Description: Canada’s largest engineering and construction firm, Montreal based SNC-Lavalin, is accused of paying $47.9 million in bribes to Libyan officials. Source: CBC Date: February 19, 2015 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2654817566/ Questions for Discussion: Explain SNC-Lavalin’s corrupt practices? How did these practices benefit SNC-Lavalin? Is bribery common in international business? How should the government reprimand SNC-Lavalin?