CEOs make big bucks on corporate mergers and acquisitions

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Description: Although studies have increasingly found that big mergers and acquisitions do not necessarily create wealth for shareholders, however, these big takeovers create tremendous payouts for CEOs who are selling their companies. CEOs of top 10 U.S. companies that were recently sold made an estimated $430 million. Source: CBC Date: November 21, 2014 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/big-takeovers-mean-big-bucks-for-bosses-report-finds-1.2844440… Read more »

Transformation of Xerox

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Description: Xerox has been one of the most successful global brands. However, given the increased competition in the technology industry, it has set about to transform itself to stay competitive. Source: CBC Date: September 15, 2014 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2519524434/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: How has Xerox transformed itself over the years? Discuss how this transformation builds… Read more »

Alberta oilsands among the costliest energy projects in the world

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Description: A new report by a London-based financial think-tank that focuses on climate risk ranked Alberta’s oilsands as one of the world’s costliest energy projects in the world; if the oil prices don’t rise, some of these projects could be cancelled. Source: Financial Post Date: August 15, 2014 Link:http://business.financialpost.com/2014/08/15/albertas-oil-sands-among-riskiest-energy-plays-in-the-world-report-says/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FP_TopStories+(Financial+Post+-+Top+Stories)&__lsa=05b8-943d Questions for Discussion: How will this… Read more »

Southwest Airlines looking to expand its flights to Canada

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Description: In a move that could shake the airline industry in Canada, the low-cost airline carrier Southwest airline plans to expand its services to U.S.–Canada routes. This will put pressure on Air Canada, Westjet and Porter airlines to bring down their prices. Source: BNN Date: July 26, 2014 Video and Text Link:http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/7/26/Southwest-eyes-northern-push-threatening-Air-Canada-WestJet.aspx Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

How Does Enbridge Move Ahead on the Northern Gateway Project?

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Description: The federal government approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway project that involves laying crude oil pipelines across a length of 1,177 kilometers in Western Canada. However, for the project to go ahead, Enbridge needs to meet 209 conditions set by the federal government Source: CBC Date: June 17, 2014 Video Link:http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2465601042/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Do… Read more »

Target appoints a new Canada head

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Description: Target’s success in the U.S. has not yet translated to Canada; in fact, they have suffered huge losses in Canada. As a result, Target appointed a new person to revive its falling fortunes in Canada. Source: CBC Date: May 20, 2014 Link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2458548998/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: What prompted Target to enter Canada in the… Read more »

Can higher taxes combat inequality?

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Description: Inequality is becoming an increasing norm across most developed economies. Thomas Piketty, the author of a book titled “Capital in the twenty-first century”, advises countries to increase wealth tax to increase wealth mobility and eventually curb inequality. Source: CBC Date: May 22, 2014 Video Link:http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2459304448/ Questions for Discussion: What does income inequality mean? How… Read more »

GM CEO apologizes

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Description: Mary Barra, GM CEO, apologizes to the U.S. senate committee for covering up faulty ignition switches in GM cars, which led to at least 13 deaths and several crashes. Source: CBC Date: April 02, 2014 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2446158934/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Should the GM top management face criminal charges? Do you agree with the… Read more »

Big data strategy

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Description: Big data seems to be the new buzz word among corporates. It is increasingly felt that companies that can better leverage their big data resources will enjoy a substantial competitive advantage. However, there is uncertainty regarding the best strategy to leverage this important resource. Source: Financial Post Date: March 26, 2014 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/03/26/4-easy-steps-to-roll-out-a-big-data-execution/ Questions… Read more »

Reasons for Nortel’s demise

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Description: Dr. Jonathan Calof, Associate Professor at University of Ottawa, debates that some of the reasons for Nortel’s demise were hubris and arrogance. He argues that although Nortel continued to have strong technological skills but it was poor in managing this technology Source: CBC Date: March 21, 2014 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2443679616/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss some… Read more »