Penalizing Pfizer

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will pay $2.3 billion to settle a lawsuit brought against the drug manufacturer by the Department of Justice. The suit alleged that Pfizer engaged in unlawful practices to market its products to doctors. The penalty reflects the fact that Pfizer is a repeat offender. Allegations of wrongdoing were exposed by… Read more »

The Fight for Healthcare Reform

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: After a brief honeymoon period in which everything seemed to go his way, President Barack Obama finds himself in a fight to get healthcare reform approved. The rhetoric is strong on both sides of the debate and, apparently, words are carefully chosen for the impression they will create on those still considering the… Read more »

Lessons from Katrina

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: On the four-year anniversary of the event, President Barack Obama reflected on how government, the Federal Emergency Management Agency in particular, responded to the crisis that emerged from Hurricane Katrina. He pledged that progress in the long, drawn-out recovery process would be more efficient. The lessons of Katrina offer an excellent opportunity to… Read more »

Is Kevin Lamson a whistleblower?

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: Oregon car salesman Kevin Lamson was fired by Crater Lake Motors. Company owner Jim Coleman claims Lamson was released for reasons related to performance. Lamson counters that his firing was because he refused to participate in a sales program he considered to be unethical. Lamson sued, claiming wrongful discharge, and won in trial… Read more »

Don Hewitt’s Impact

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ARTICLE SUMMARY: This week the world mourns the passing of another television giant. Unlike Walter Cronkite, Don Hewitt worked behind the scenes at CBS. Those that knew him, claim that many standard practices in television news reporting were innovations introduced by Hewitt. QUESTIONS: What are some of the ways the environment at CBS might have… Read more »

Do women do better in a recession?

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Female managers just might have an edge in a rotten economy, says the author of a new book. Here’s why, and how men and women can learn from each other’s strengths. Source: Date: 7/23/2009 Keys: HR, motivation, teams Link: Questions for discussion: Summarize the differences between men and women managers that are presented… Read more »

IBM to buy SPSS for $1.2 billion in cash

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International Business Machines Corp plans to buy technology services company SPSS Inc for about $1.2 billion in cash, the companies said on Tuesday. Source: Date: 7/28/2009 Keys: Strategy, planning, mergers & acquisitions, organization structure Link: Questions for discussion: Organizations can grow through mergers with and the acquisitions of other organizations. This strategy works… Read more »

Employee Wellness Benefits

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Many executives and business owners are gradually realizing that employee wellness programs that help workers lose weight or quit smoking, for instance, also create robust return-on-investments. Two speakers at an upcoming conference being held in DeKalb, Ill., believe these programs are not only good for workers; they are good for business, too. Source: Illinois State… Read more »