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Description: With the NFL kicking off the 2018 season, we’re talking about fantasy sports on “Behind the Numbers.” How many Americans play fantasy sports? Why do they play? And what are the different spending habits of fantasy players?

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast report

Date: Sep 06, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/fans-are-becoming-increasingly-engaged-in-fantasy-sports

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does this report say about the growth and popularity of fanatsy sports?
  • What opportunities exist for small and medium sized businessed to participate?

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Description: Eira Thomas has discovered diamonds in the far north, co-founded mining companies and sat on a dozen boards — including Canada’s most valuable energy company. So the 49-year-old was a little taken aback when an investor recently suggested she needed to hire an engineer as chief operating officer to back her up in the executive suite. She was, after all, only a geologist.

Source: BNN.ca – video report

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/you-don-t-need-to-have-dug-a-mine-to-run-one-female-leaders-say-1.1070701

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the effort to diversify at industries that have traditionally been led by men?
  • Do you agree with Eira Thomas , when she says, “You don’t need to have dug a mine to run one.”
  • What sort of character and leadership skills do you think are required to manage in a male dominated industry, like mining?

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Description: A quarter-century ago, there were 56 teenagers in the labor force for every “limited service” restaurant — that is, the kind where you order at the counter. Today, there are fewer than half as many, which is a reflection both of teenagers’ decreasing work force participation and of the explosive growth in restaurants.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/upshot/fast-food-jobs-teenagers-shortage.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in the labor force?
  • What are the managerial issues facing businesses that traditionally employ teens?
  • How can companies respond?

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Description: CNBC’s Kate Rogers speaks with Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer about the benefits of hiring young adults and her reaction to the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.

Starbucks COO on Philadelphia arrests and youth outreach from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/starbucks-coo-on-philadelphia-arrests-and-youth-outreach.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in this report.
  • Do you think Rosalind Brewer handled the intereview well in light of the recent event in Philadelphia?
  • Do you think the strategy taken by Starbucks to deal with the event fallout is the right one?

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Description: Getaway, a Brooklyn-based startup, offers the experience of a tiny home, but only for as many nights as you’re willing to pay for.

What it was like spending 24 hours alone in a tiny cabin in the woods from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/what-it-was-like-spending-24-hours-alone-in-a-tiny-cabin-in-the-woods.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Who is the target market for this sort of “away-from-it-all” activity?
  • Explain the appeal of the small space and simple facilities to customers?
  • How would you market this business?

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Description: American Apparel is returning to the physical realm. The iconic Los Angeles-based brand is preparing to open a flagship store in its home city later this year, its first foray back into brick-and-mortar shops after all its locations closed following a bankruptcy process.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-03/american-apparel-is-venturing-back-into-brick-and-mortar-stores

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the strategic thinking and reasons for opening a retail presence?
  • Do you think the brand can recover?
  • What else would you advise management?

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Description: Gibson, an iconic American guitar manufacturer, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has at least $100 million of debt, and perhaps as much as $500 million, according to paperwork filed in Delaware on Tuesday.

Source: CNNMoney.com

Date: May 01, 2018

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/01/news/companies/gibson-guitars-bankruptcy/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is Gibson’s financial situation?
  • How can it restructure financially in order to emerge and rebuid its business?
  • Why do you think the company failed?
  • What would you advise management do with its brand?

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Description: Aurora, a startup developing software for self-driving cars, had barely launched when it found its place among the biggest names in the car industry.

Source: CNNMoney.com

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/03/technology/aurora-self-driving-cars/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the company so well connected to the industry?
  • Describe the management culture, as presented in report?
  • Do you think the company can remain independent?

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Description: Survey finds half expect very negative effects on their businesses, yet only 15% are aware of key issues, only a handful have contingency plans

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Apr 24, 2018

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-medium-businesses-remain-passive-about-nafta-outcome-at-their-peril

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about small Canadian business thinking related to NAFTA?
  • What should managers be doing?

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Description: LOS ANGELES — Add cigarettes to the list of things that the family-friendly Walt Disney Company has to figure out as it prepares to integrate the sharper-edged 20th Century Fox movie and television studio.

Source: : NYTimes.com

Date: Apr 25, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/business/media/smoking-movies-disney-fox.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social responsibility issues in this discussion?
  • How do believe management should move forward with concerns raised by the public?