Who’s behind the smiling faces of some Airbnb hosts? Multimillion-dollar corporations

Posted by & filed under Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Management, Operations Management, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Technology.

Description: Personable biographies or even fake photos obscure the operations of big businesses Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 30, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/biggest-airbnb-hosts-canada-corporations-1.5116103 Questions for discussion: What are the managerial implications for Airbnb if the brand becomes associated with “bigger-businesses”? Would Airbnb benefit if management created a visible category of rentals from “bigger-businesses”?

Judge rules that companies must hand over data on gender and pay by September

Posted by & filed under Chapter 12 - Changes to the Union or the Employer, Chapter 13 - Future Issues, Chapter 2 - Theories of Industrial Relations, Chapter 8 - The Collective Bargaining Process, Communication, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Planning, Social Responsibility.

Description: The ruling is a ‘major victory for equal pay,’ one lawyer says Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/companies-must-hand-over-data-on-how-they-pay-men-vs-women-by-september-judge-says-2019-04-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Why is this decision important? What are the implications for management, unions, and individual employees?

How Social Media Users Have—and Have Not—Responded to Privacy Concerns

Posted by & filed under Control, Decision Making, Ethics, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Operations Management, Planning, Social Responsibility, Technology.

Description: The Facebook Cambridge Analytica revelations changed the way people in the US think about online privacy. And it should come as no surprise that many have grown wary over the mishandling of personal information. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-social-media-users-have-and-have-not-responded-to-privacy-concerns?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented in this article. Do you… Read more »

The best ways to save and spend money in your 20s and 30s, according to financial historian Niall Ferguson

Posted by & filed under Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Individual Behavior, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Planning, Social Responsibility.

Description: Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, says there are a few big things that every millennial should keep in mind when they start to earn and spend money. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/29/niall-ferguson-shares-financial-tips-for-successful-millennials.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize what does Niall Ferguson has… Read more »

More women are dumping lucrative careers to move into the demanding world of farming

Posted by & filed under Leadership, Management, Motivation, Planning, Social Responsibility.

Description: A passion for eating well and a love for the land is driving a surge in female farmers in B.C. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/more-women-are-dumping-lucrative-careers-to-move-into-the-demanding-world-of-farming Questions for discussion: What is motivating this wave of entrepreneurship? What sort of managerial profile do you think is most likely to be attracted to this… Read more »

Toyota Plans Lexus SUV Investment for Canadian Plant

Posted by & filed under Decision Making, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Management, Organizational Structure & Design, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy.

Description: Toyota Motor Corp. plans to begin building two more Lexus SUVs in Canada, according to people familiar with the matter, a major win for the nation’s otherwise-struggling auto sector. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Apr 26, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-26/toyota-is-said-to-plan-lexus-suv-investment-for-canada-plant?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: How well is the Canadian auto industry doing these days, according to… Read more »

“I Think the Best Antidote to a Rut Is Action, So I Try to Remind Myself that Anything Beats Nothing.”

Posted by & filed under Compensation & Benefits, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Human Resource Management, Leadership, Management, Social Responsibility.

Description: Interview: Laura Gassner Otting. Laura Gassner Otting founded the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, and has been involved in many nonprofit boards around the country. She writes and speaks frequently about the world of mission-driven work and getting “unstuck” in our lives. As she describes herself: “I help people discover how they align what they do with who they are, to… Read more »

Startups are racing to commercialize DeepFakes’s powerful, internet-breaking AI

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Motivation, New product, Planning, Social Responsibility, Technology.

Description: A little over a year ago, an anonymous Reddit user named Deepfakes changed the internet. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 23, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90337767/deepfakes-started-a-war-on-whats-real-these-startups-are-racing-to-commercialize-it?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04232019 Questions for discussion: How does this AI software development present opportunities for entrepreneurs? What are the ethical and social issues related to the use of this software?

SPOS #665 – Cal Newport On Digital Minimalism

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Environment, Management, New product, Planning, Social Responsibility, Technology.

Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #665 – Host: Mitch Joel. Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on society. Cal is the author of six books, including the recently published bestseller, Digital Minimalism and (a personal… Read more »

Metro grocery stores in Quebec will allow customers to shop with reusable containers

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Innovation/Creativity, Management, Social Responsibility.

Description: First major grocery store chain in Canada to allow these containers, expert says Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 16, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/metro-reusable-containers-grocery-store-1.5098655 Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose the firm is introducing this program at this time? Do you think it will find acceptance with large numbers of customers? How can the firm encourage… Read more »