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

Posted by & filed under Decision Making, Ethics, Leadership, Management, Motivation, Operations Management, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams, Technology.

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

Posted by & filed under Global Management, Management, Operations Management, Planning, Strategy, Technology.

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?

Facebook takes on LinkedIn as a career portal with e-learning, expanded mentorship and jobs features

Posted by & filed under Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, New product, Operations Management, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams, Technology.

Description: With the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs, Facebook  has over the last year or so slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s  territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects. Source: TechCrunch.com Date: Nov13,… Read more »

Why do we have high youth unemployment concurrent with a national labour shortage?

Posted by & filed under Management, Operations Management, Social Responsibility.

Description: Job vacancies are on the rise in agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, and in jobs such as plumbing, mechanics and electricians. It’s time high schools starting teaching and promoting their value: CFIB Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 02, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/why-do-we-have-high-youth-unemployment-concurrent-with-a-national-labour-shortage Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the reasons for high youth unemployment and… Read more »

Facebook follows Google to end mandatory arbitration for sexual-harassment claims

Posted by & filed under Diversity, Ethics, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Management, Operations Management, Organizational Change, Social Responsibility, Teams.

Description: Facebook on Friday became the latest tech company to end a policy of requiring employees to settle claims of sexual harassment through private arbitration, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. It will now allow employees to take these types of claims to court. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 09, 2018 Link:… Read more »

How Magic Johnson convinced Howard Schultz to partner with him and build more Starbucks stores

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, New product, Operations Management, Organizational Structure & Design, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams.

Description: With five NBA Championships, an Olympic gold medal and various MVP awards to his name, Earvin “Magic” Johnson will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. But the former Laker may be remembered for his business skills as well as his signature hook shot. Source: CNBC.com – video report… Read more »

These 4 myths about the skills gap will hold your company back

Posted by & filed under Communication, Human Resource Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Operations Management, Planning, Teams, Technology.

Description:  “If companies really want to help employees gain new skills, there has to be a basic understanding of what learning is really all about.” Source: FastCompany.com Date: Nov 09, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90261437/these-4-myths-about-the-skills-gap-will-hold-your-company-back?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=11092018 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about approaches to learning and training? Why do you think businesses approach training employees… Read more »

Reduced holiday temp hiring is a sign Amazon is turning to more automation and robots: Citi

Posted by & filed under Communication, Compensation & Benefits, Control, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Operations Management, Organizational Change, Organizational Structure & Design, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams, Technology.

Description: Amazon has reduced the number of temporary hires it needs this holiday shopping season as the company turns to more robots, Citi analyst Mark May told CNBC Friday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 02, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/02/citi-mark-may-amazon-relies-on-robots-less-temporary-holiday-hires.html Questions for discussion: What does this report suggest is happening to low-paying jobs like sorting and… Read more »

Now Is Not a Good Time to Skimp on Worker Training

Posted by & filed under Communication, Compensation & Benefits, Decision Making, Human Resource Management, Individual Behavior, Industrial Relations, Leadership, Management, Operations Management, Organizational Change, Organizational Structure & Design, Planning, Teams.

Description: With unemployment near a record low, many businesses have no choice but to spend to upgrade employee skills. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 26, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-26/now-is-not-a-good-time-to-skimp-on-worker-training?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about training in different countries around the world? How should managers interpret the suggestions in this article?

Tim Hortons parent sees Canadian growth as it works to fix franchisee relationship

Posted by & filed under Communication, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Operations Management, Organizational Change, Organizational Structure & Design, Planning, Strategy.

Description: The parent company of Tim Hortons saw sales growth at Canadian locations of the coffee-and-doughnut chain as executives say their work to mend fraught franchisee relations is paying off, though more work remains. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Oct 25, 2018 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tim-hortons-parent-sees-canadian-growth-as-it-works-to-fix-franchisee-relationship-1.1157210 Questions for discussion: Explain the expansion plans at Tim Hortons?… Read more »