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Description: The new rules for sharing dividends or salaries with family members will have more than just the modest impact government vowed

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/its-time-to-celebrate-not-slight-the-spouses-behind-canadian-small-businesses-cfib

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the new rules will impact small business formation and motivation?
  • Do you think the changes are fair to small business people?

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Description: As the opioid epidemic continues to rage across the country, with a record 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017, the fallout is increasingly manifesting itself at construction sites, factories, warehouses, offices and other workplaces. A stunning 70 percent of employers reported that their businesses had been affected by prescription drug abuse, including absenteeism, positive drug tests, injuries, accidents and overdoses, according to a 2017 survey by the National Safety Council, a research and advocacy organization.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/business/economy/opioid-overdose-workplace.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the scope of this problem from an insurance and management point of view.
  • How should management deal with it?

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Description: Amazon.com Inc. unveiled its vision for smart homes powered by the Alexa voice assistant, with a dizzying array of new gadgets and features for almost every room in the house — from a microwave oven to a security camera and wall clock.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Sep 21, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-09-21/amazon-s-alexa-leads-competitors-in-connected-home-tech-feinseth-says-video

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how Amazon is developing its relationship with consumers through devices?
  • How can the database built from these devices be monetized?
  • How do you think consumers will respond to these devices and issues related to privacy?

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Description: Gap, Inc.–the $15.9 billion parent company of Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Gap–is betting that athleisure isn’t just a passing trend.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90238533/gap-inc-unveils-its-first-new-brand-in-more-than-a-decade?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key strategic points management is adopting for this product line.
  • Are independent retail stores necessary for success?
  • Do you think the overall strategy will succeed?

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Description: France’s education ministry hopes that its smartphone ban, which took effect at the beginning of September and applies to students from first through ninth grades, will get schoolchildren to pay more attention in class and interact more, and several studies suggest such correlations.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/world/europe/france-smartphones-schools.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Does this development suggest any attitudinal or social change taking place with respect to smartphones?
  • What does this mean for the businesses involved?

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Description: At eMarketer’s “How Amazon Is Changing … Everything” invite-only breakfast yesterday, eMarketer co-founder Geoff Ramsey and a panel of our analysts explained how brands and companies can work with the ecommerce giant. Here are some key takeaways:

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Sep 21, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/these-are-the-top-three-things-marketer-s-should-know-about-amazon?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the TV industry strategy Amazon is planning?
  • What competitive advantage does Amazon have?

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Description: Case Foundation CEO Jean Case’s new book profiles leaders who have used their desire to solve a problem to drown out their fear of risk or failure.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90239282/want-to-change-the-world-here-are-five-steps-to-take?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key messages about leadership for managers to take-away?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

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Description: Video posted on Facebook, Twitter by Unifor Canada draws critical reaction

Source: CBC.ca – video report

Date: Sep 09, 2018

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/unifor-defends-video-identifying-scabs-at-dj-composites-1.4816496

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think posting this video is acceptable union activity to counterbalance the work being done by scabs?
  • What are the ethical issues involved?
  • Do you think this publicity will affect public perception of Unifor and unions in general?

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Description: (Reuters) – Campbell Soup Co’s board is drawing up a list of CEO candidates, with Chief Operating Officer Luca Mignini emerging as the top internal contender, as the company seeks to fend off a proxy challenge from Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund, Third Point LLC, people familiar with the matter said.

Source: Yahoo.com – Reuters

Date: Sep 10, 2018

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-campbell-soup-steps-ceo-search-coo-contender-135036632–sector.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the selection process taking place at Campbell Soup?
  • What are the competing directives within the organization seeking to control the management?
  • Do you think the firm will be directed towards a merger or acquisition?

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Description: The fast food industry thrives in most of the world. Chains like McDonald’s and Burger King typically come out on top in the $651 billion fast food industry. In Vietnam, however, the brands have failed to take off. McDonald’s and Burger King have more than 36,000 and 16,000 locations across the globe, respectively. But in Vietnam, McDonald’s has 17 stores and Burger King has 13. In Vietnam, a country spoiled for choice when it comes to food, some U.S. fast food chains are struggling to compete with the local competition.

Why McDonald’s and Burger King are failing in Vietnam from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 13, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/08/28/mcdonalds-burger-king-vietnam-fast-food.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King having such a hard time growing in Viet Nam?
  • What strategies would you recommend to management in order to improve growth and adoption by consumers?