Description: BDC’s Small Business Week report finds 25% of respondents are already feeling the impact of demographic shifts Source: MontrealGazette.com Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: http://montrealgazette.com/entrepreneur/1017-biz-dd-bdc/wcm/0e5640b0-7a59-4d2d-8b7a-92051097d281 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in the BDC’s report. What is the advice to small business managers? Given the research in the report, what would you also advise… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Environment
Description: “You find out who your friends are in a big way when you come forward” Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 04, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2ygZqGr Questions for discussion: What lessons should managers take away from this discussion? What lessons are presented here for women in the workplace?
Description: The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-21/nestl-makes-billions-bottling-water-it-pays-nearly-nothing-for Questions for discussion: What are the ethical issues presented in this article? Do you believe the firm is doing anything improper?
Description: A year after its launch, Wattpad — an app that allows contributors to upload and share their writing for public viewing — had just 1,000 users. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 30, 2016 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/growth-strategies/wattpads-dreams-of-becoming-the-next-disney-may-be-lofty-but-then-its-come-a-long-way-in-10-years Questions for Discussions: Describe this business model. What managerial services does it provide to creative artists? What other businesses could… Read more »
Description: The world loves seafood. According to some estimates, people consumed about 102 million tons of it last year. Source: WashingtonPost.com Date: Dec o2, 2016 Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/02/coastal-native-people-who-need-fish-the-most-are-losing-them/?utm_term=.069ac4f2c8a6 Questions for discussion: How is the fishing industry similar to other resource industries such as mining and petroleum? Is the industry sustainable? How are economic changes affecting communities around… Read more »
Description: CEO David Mendels joins Fortune Live to explain. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 18, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2fla57d Questions for Discussions: Summarize the history of video as presented in this report. How can marketing managers use video to engage their customers?
Description: McDonald’s CEO: We are modernizing your burger experience Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 17, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2016/11/17/mcdonalds-ceo-we-are-modernizing-your-burger-experience.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: How is McDonald’s changing? Which indicators suggest that these changes are working?
Description: China’s shopping blitz sets new record Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 11, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/11/11/alibaba-singles-day-shopping-new-records.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Why does this report say about the Chinese consumer today? What does this mean for American businesses?
Description: Dartmouth College economist James Feyrer noticed something odd about a decade ago: Across a large set of countries, an economy’s productivity seemed to be connected to the proportion of fortysomethings in its labor force. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 04, 2016 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-04/nobody-knows-why-fortysomethings-are-driving-u-s-productivity Questions for Discussions: What does the report say about the productivity and… Read more »
Description: Half of respondents said AI can provide companionship Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 09, 2016 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/How-Internet-Users-Benefit-Artificial-Intelligence/1014698?ecid=NL1001#sthash.nuiL4AiS.dpuf Questions for Discussions: What does this report say about how AI can be developed commercially? Create one idea of a product or service for each of the categories in the list.