Dias says he’d shut down every GM plant to save Oshawa jobs

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Description: The head of the union representing General Motors Co. workers in Oshawa, Ont. says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to save jobs amid the U.S. automaker’s global reorganization – even if it means mass walkouts in U.S. and Canadian plants. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 28, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/dias-says-he-d-shut-down-every-gm-plant-to-save-oshawa-jobs-1.1174140 Questions… 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 »

Big Tuna Finds a Scapegoat: Millennials

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Description: Why are we suddenly talking about canned tuna and millennials? The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that overall consumption of the packaged fish has declined by more than 40 percent in the United States over the last three decades, according to the Department of Agriculture. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 04, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/business/canned-tuna-millennials.html Questions… Read more »

Whatever Apple’s Tim Cook decides to do with video ‘could explode’: Discovery CEO

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Description:  Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNBC that Apple’s video streaming service “could explode” when it launches next year, because CEO Tim Cook and video head Eddy Cue have the connections they need: subscribers. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/28/tim-cooks-plans-for-apple-video-could-explode-discovery-ceo.html Questions for discussion: What distinguishes the Discovery business model from scripted television?… Read more »

Wrongful dismissal payouts compensate strictly for economic loss for period of time

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Description: Cheeky employers may offer less-desirable working notice as negotiating tool to reduce severance package: Howard Levitt Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 20, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/executive/wrongful-dismissal-payouts-compensate-strictly-for-economic-loss-for-period-of-time Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how managers should handle dismissal of employees? What does the article say about managerial relations with employees during conflict periods related… Read more »

Small Business Saturday isn’t a novelty anymore – independent retailers depend on it

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Description: For Mackenzi Farquer, Small Business Saturday is a big deal.The owner of Queens, New York-based Lockwood gift shop, which sells kitchenware, clothing and paper goods, says there’s often barely room to stand in her locations on the retail holiday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 23, 2018… Read more »

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

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Description: Sheryl Sandberg was seething. Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 14, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the criticism aimed at the firm and its management in this report. Do you agree with the evaluation and… Read more »

Walmart’s focus on lower prices, e-commerce pays off as costs rise and tariffs loom

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Description:  Walmart reported 43% e-commerce growth and U.S. same-store sales growth of 3.4% in the third quarter Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 15, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmarts-focus-on-lower-prices-e-commerce-pays-off-as-costs-rise-and-tariffs-loom-2018-11-15 Questions for discussion: Summarize and interpret the reported financial results at Walmart. What explains these results?