Samsun will pay Apple $548-million in patent dispute

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Description: After a drawn out battle, Samsung is finally paying Apple $548 million for infringing Apple patents and copying the look of the iPhone. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: December 04, 2015 Text Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/samsung-to-finally-pay-apple-548-million-in-patent-dispute/article27602973/ Questions for Discussion: Will this payout have any impact on Samsung’s sales? Will the realization that Samsung copied the… Read more »

Biggest deal ever in the pharmaceutical industry

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Description: Pfizer (U.S.-based company) will merge with Allergan (Irish-based company) in a $160 billion mega-merger. This is the biggest deal ever in the Pharmaceutical industry. The deal involves Allergan taking over Pfizer – this is being termed as an ‘inversion’ deal. Source: CBC Date: November 23, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2679340898 Questions for Discussion: What is an inversion… Read more »

Tesla recalls all Model S sedans

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Description: Tesla is recalling all its 90,000 Model S sedans worldwide after a customer reported that her seat belt became disconnected. This is the largest recall by Tesla yet. Interestingly, the recall was made after only one complaint. Source: CBC Date: November 20, 2015 Text Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tesla-recalls-all-model-s-sedans-to-fix-seatbelt-defect-1.3328058 Questions for Discussion: Will this recall affect Tesla’s… Read more »

Volkswagen: From socially responsible to a social outcast

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Description: Volkswagen represents an interesting case. It spent $77 million advertising its clean and environmentally friendly diesel engine in the American market, while its engineers were rigging these engines with software that tricked emission tests – a case of “greenwashing” the consumers. Source: The New York Times Date: October 17, 2015 Text Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/business/energy-environment/social-responsibility-that-rubs-right-off.html?ref=business&_r=0 Questions… Read more »

How can the price of a drug jump 2,000%?

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Description: The price of a critical Tuberculosis drug shot up by 2,000% overnight—it seems this jump was for no apparent reason. This has alarmed the medical circle. Source: CBC Date: September 21, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2675886765/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Why did the Tuberculosis drug price shoot up by 2,000%? What role should the government play… Read more »

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 »

KFC Under Pressure After McDonald’s Says No to Antibiotics in Chicken

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Description: KFC, world’s largest fried chicken restaurant chain, may face pressure from consumers and environmental groups after McDonald’s announced that it would switch to chickens raised without antibiotics. Source: Financial Post Date: March 12, 2015 Text Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2015/03/12/what-will-kfc-do-fried-chicken-chain-faces-pressure-after-mcdonalds-says-no-antibiotics-in-chicken/ Questions for Discussion: How does McDonald’s new strategy give them a competitive advantage? What should KFC do? Discuss… 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?

Senior Target managers get large cash payout but no such payouts for front-line workers

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Description: Target, which recently decided to close all its stores in Canada, will give out a large cash payout to its senior managers, however, there’s no such payout for its 17,000 front-line workers. Source: CBC Date: January 24, 2015 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/top-target-canada-managers-get-big-cash-payouts-as-stores-close-1.2930064 Questions for Discussion: Provide a rationale for why Target is giving a large cash… Read more »