Millennials may claim another victim: Harley-Davidson and the classic American motorcycle

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Description: The supposed millennial penchant for “killing” industries gets thrown around a lot, but it could really be happening to one American icon: the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Source: CNBC.com Date: Jan 25, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/25/actually-young-people-really-could-kill-harley-davidson.html Questions for discussion: How have changes in demographics and attitudes affected the fortunes of Harley-Davidson in recent years? What is management doing stratgically… Read more »

Are You Ready for the Nanoinfluencers?

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Description: By now you have probably heard of influencers, that group of internet-famous people who have more than a million social media followers and can make big money by plugging various brands. And you may have even heard of microinfluencers, who do the same thing for a still sizable but somewhat smaller social media audience… Read more »

Alibaba and the Future of Business

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Description: Alibaba hit the headlines with the world’s biggest IPO in September 2014. Today, the company has a market cap among the global top 10, has surpassed Walmart in global sales, and has expanded into all the major markets in the world. Founder Jack Ma has become a household name. Source: HarvardBusinessReview.com Date: FROM THE… Read more »

Could This Really Be The Beginning Of The End For WhatsApp?

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Description: It seems that Facebook is about to reverse years of promises around the integrity and independence of its flagship WhatsApp messaging platform. And coming off the back of the worst year of PR for the social media giant, the implications for the future of WhatsApp could be game-changing. Source: Forbes.com Date: Jan 26, 2019… Read more »

Amazon is on a hiring spree in India, even as new restrictions on foreign sellers loom

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Description: Amazon could soon face a tighter market in India, as new government restrictions are set to kick in next month. But the company remains undeterred in its India expansion based on at least one measure: job openings. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/16/amazon-india-hiring-spree-new-restrictions-foreign-sellers-coming.html Questions for discussion: What is significant about… Read more »

Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio: ‘Capitalism basically is not working for the majority of people’

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Description: With just over $18 billion to his name, capitalism has been good to Ray Dalio: He started his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, out of a two-bedroom New York City apartment in 1975 and it now manages $160 billion in assets and is the largest hedge fund in the world, according to Forbes. Source: CNBC.com – video… 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 »

Hey Siri, What Are Hearables?

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Description:  A new category of wearable emerges Source: eMarketer.com Date: Jan 09, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/hey-siri-what-are-hearables?ecid=NL1009 Questions for discussion: Why is the development of hearable technology a game changer for the industry? What sorts of devices and applications can you image in the future?

Inside the $3 billion race to kill plastic

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Description: These startups are capitalizing on consumer anxiety about climate change to market reusable straws, food wrap, and storage bags. Can they compete with plastic industry giants? Source: FastCompany.com Date: Jan 16, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90290048/inside-the-3-billion-race-to-kill-plastic Questions for discussion: How are startups challenging the giant consumer products companies in this arena? Why is this a particularly… 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 »