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Description: A finance professional turned entrepreneur reflects on the motherhood bias and stereotypes she faced during her return to work

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 03, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90324442/former-goldman-sachs-employee-on-the-motherhood-penalty?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04032019

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the “motherhood bias” according to the report?
  • How can management deal with this social issue?

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Global Management, Innovation/Creativity, Management, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Technology.

Description: Americans may start to become more ‘social’ in the way they shop for homes, one analyst thinks

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Apr 03, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/facebook-sets-its-sights-on-housing-should-zillow-be-worried-2019-04-03?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the competitive advantages favoring Facebook in the real estate business?
  • Do you think consumers will respond to Facebook advertising for housing? Explain.

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Description: New York (CNN Business)General Electric is a tiny player in the booming offshore wind market. But that will change soon — and it needs to, if the company wants to outgrow its exposure to fossil fuels. One major investment that illustrates GE’s interest: The Haliade-X, the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Apr 02, 2019

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/02/investing/ge-offshore-wind-renewable-energy/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is GE moving into this field?
  • Why would large scale turbines fit GE’s business model better than smaller local structures?

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Description: When it comes to shopping, social media seems to have somewhat limited influence on parents’ purchasing behavior—but they’ll use it (and other online resources) for researching.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Apr 03, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/social-recommendations-influence-one-in-three-mothers-to-buy

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the influence of social media on parental behavior?
  • What should strategic planning managers do with this information?

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Description: From rental furniture to modular couches, the company is finding more and more ways to limit its use of raw materials.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Apr 03, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90328244/inside-ikeas-plan-to-reinvent-itself-as-a-circular-company

Questions for discussion:

  • What is driving the new business model?
  • What are the constraints the company will have to deal with?
  • Do you think the company should include recycling of other products from other manufacturers?

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Description: Proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies were sacrificed for engagement, staff say.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Apr 02, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-04-02/youtube-executives-ignored-warnings-letting-toxic-videos-run-rampant

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in this report related to the way management dealt with this issue.
  • What would you advise, going forward?

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Description:  Kenneth Jull, counsel at Gardiner Roberts, talks about the different paths SNC-Lavalin may face with a remediation agreement. He say that there is a right and a wrong way to handle this, but Canadians need to understand the consequences of each.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Mar 28, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/video/snc-lavalin-needs-to-be-held-criminally-liable-lawyer~1646690

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report suggest are the issues facing the current management of the firm, the government, and the legal authorities?
  • How do you think this story will play out?

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Description:  McDonald’s will no longer take part in efforts to lobby against raising the minimum wage at the federal, state or local level, the fast-food giant told the National Restaurant Association Tuesday.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Mar 27, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/27/mcdonalds-reportedly-to-stop-lobbying-against-minimum-wage-hikes.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this decision mean for the firm and the industry at large?
  • How do you think it will affect labor relations and operation management?

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Description: Apple has today unveiled its secretive, decade-long effort to build a TV subscription service that will rival the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk – video report

Date: Mar 26, 2019

Link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/03/26/everything-need-know-apple-credit-card-tv-plus-news-subscription/

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the competitive advantages for Apple in these markets?
  • How well do you think Apple will be received as it competes with others?

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Description: Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU.O 14.13%) shares soared to a record high on Thursday after the maker of upscale yogawear topped fourth-quarter estimates and its forecast eased concerns of decelerating sales.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Mar 28, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/lululemon-surges-to-record-high-after-near-flawless-execution-1.1236152

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the firm’s success?
  • Do you think the best yet is to come for the firm?