G.M. Unveils Its Driverless Cars, Aiming to Lead the Pack

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — For more than a year, General Motors has tantalized investors with plans to build its future around self-driving cars. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/business/gm-driverless-cars.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=12&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What do you think of the progress made at GM? Do you think GM can become a global competitor in the… Read more »

Amazon.com wants to be your new executive assistant at work.

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Description: Now Hiring? Amazon Says Its Voice Aide Alexa Is Ready For the Office Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/11/30/amazon-voice-aide-alexa-is-ready-for-the-office/ Questions for discussion: How can Amazon serve as an executive assistant? Do you think this is the next big thing in technology for productivity in the workplace?

Canadian companies should be more courageous about diversity, Deloitte report urges

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Description: MONTREAL — Canadian business leaders need to take “courageous” actions to make sure their companies are more diverse and inclusive in order to remain competitive amid demographic and technological changes in the workplace, according to a new report released Wednesday. Source: BNN.ca Date: Nov 22, 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/canadian-companies-should-be-more-courageous-about-diversity-deloitte-report-urges-1.922556 Questions for discussion: What does the… Read more »

As ‘Ban the Box’ Spreads, Private Employers Still Have Questions

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Description: Tight labor markets and simple compassion are among the reasons that small businesses are getting behind fair-chance employment, a movement to level the playing field for job hunters who have a criminal record. But even advocates acknowledge that, despite the momentum, there are hurdles beyond the expected concerns about public safety. Source: NYTimes.com Date:… Read more »

Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair’s Surprise Choice, Is Ready to Go

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Description: Condé Nast, the company that owns Vanity Fair, made the formal announcement on Monday. Ms. Jones, 44, will become the magazine’s sixth editor since its founding in 1913 and the fifth since it was revived in the early 1980s. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 13, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/business/radhika-jones-vanity-fair.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Why do you think… Read more »

Walmart is killing Target and making Amazon sweat

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Description: Many retailers are in a world of pain because of Amazon. Walmart is not one of them. It beat Wall Street forecasts for sales and profit on Thursday and improved its forecast for holiday shopping. The stock rose nearly 9% to an all-time high. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Nov 16, 2017 Link:… Read more »

‘We absolutely have a problem’: Canada’s tech sector gender gap

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Description: Canadian technology companies may be breaking new ground as innovators, but a landmark study published on Wednesday finds the sector is behind the times when it comes to finding a place for women in senior roles. Source: GlobeandMail.com Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/technology/we-absolutely-have-a-problem-canadas-tech-sector-gender-gap/article36789423/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com& Questions for discussion: Summarize the findings presented in this report?… Read more »

Michael Oreskes Quits NPR Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

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Description: Michael Oreskes, who led NPR’s news division and was formerly a high-ranking editor at The New York Times, resigned on Wednesday after being accused of sexually harassing women. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 01, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/business/media/mike-oreskes-npr-sexual-harassment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=13&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: How serious a problem is a charge of sexual harrasement for an individual and for… Read more »

Watch CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo Discuss The Company’s Powerful Response to Opioid Epidemic

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Description: Pharmacy chain has the tools to begin formulating solutions to America’s crisis. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2gNw5gW Questions for discussion: What are the issues pharma stakeholders are dealing with, with respect to the opioid epidemic? What are the management implemications for CVS and other distributors in the pharma… Read more »

Airbus has no plans to buy out Bombardier after CSeries partnership, CEO says

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Description: Airbus chief tells Montreal he believes aerospace analysts have underestimated demand and he can sell thousands of CSeries jets Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/transportation/airlines/airbus-ceo-says-expects-to-sell-thousands-of-cseries-jets Questions for discussion: Using SWOT analysis, describe the deal between these companies. How will management at Bombardier have to change, as a result of this deal? Do… Read more »