Description: As the New Democratic Party prepares to choose a successor to the late Jack Layton, senior party members disagree over whether to maintain the party’s historical affiliation with organized labour.
One year after announcing a partnership, Encana and PetroChina now say the estimated $5.4-billion deal is off. The failure stems from an inability to agree on the operational aspects of the joint venture. Both entities staked a lot on the success of the deal when it was announced back in February. Now Encana’s investors are showing a loss of confidence and PetroChina is suffering from loss of face.
For more than a decade, we have been hearing about companies going global by investing in China, now the shoe is on the other foot. Look at reasons for going global in the text and identify why China is looking to Canada.
Aside from the fact that the article says the deal was a joint venture, what are the characteristics that make it a joint venture? What do the two companies offer each other that make such an arrangement attractive?
With all that China hoped to gain from this joint venture, why would it walk away?
Canadian company Transformix knows the secret to making manufacturing work – add value and have a good neighbor. Everything else will take care of itself. So when the tsunami hit Japan, Transformix CEO Peng-Sang Cau did not worry about the impact. She bought more supplies. Ms. Cau does not worry about from where her parts come. She is too busy guiding the company in what it does best, which is utilizing intellectual capital to design high speed manufacturing equipment prized by other companies, particularly those in the United States.
We typically think of productivity as an internal element that creates a competitive advantage. For Transformix, it is something different. What is it?
What is Transformix’ competitive advantage as a middle player in the supply chain?
Discuss how Transformix blends manufacturing and service technology to add value.
Use Figure 18.2 to analyze Ms. Cau’s decision making following the March 11 disaster in Japan.