Boeing Is Killing It by Squeezing Its Suppliers

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Description: Under CEO Dennis Muilenburg, the industrial giant has turned unapologetically hard-nosed. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 14, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-02-14/boeing-is-killing-it-by-squeezing-its-suppliers Questions for discussion: How has Boeing’s strategic management changed, according to the article? Do you think this way of doing business is sustainable?

Jerry Dias: We blew it on NAFTA

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Description: Jerry Dias: We blew it on NAFTA Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Feb 01, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/video/1_tq7if0ru Questions for discussion: Summarize the strategic issues presented by Jerry Dias. What does this mean for labour relations in Canadian industries, particularly, the auto industry. How can Canadian auto industry firms respond to the situation?

The Facebook News Feed Conundrum

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Description: In the latest episode of eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast, we consider the changes planned for Facebook’s News Feed and the possible implications for advertisers. Will the shifting focus of the News Feed, with an emphasis on “personal” posts, force changes for marketers? Source: eMarketer.com Date: Jan 23, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/the-facebook-news-feed-conundrum?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion:… Read more »

The Difficulties With Facebook’s News Feed Overhaul

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Description: Imagine you’re a cookie mogul. You figured out a way to make lots of money by giving away delicious cookies for free, and in less than a decade, you created a global cookie behemoth. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 13, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/technology/facebook-news-feed-overhaul.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What is changing at Facebook? Do you think this… Read more »

Fortune’s 2018 Business by Design List

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Description: Technology and globalization are leading to more and faster disruption than ever. To stay ahead, smart companies are turning to design to better connect with customers and find their competitive advantage. Here, we feature 25 companies from—Apple to Zalando—in a range of industries that are getting design right. Source: Fortune.com Date: Dec 22, 2017… Read more »

The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

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Description: Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge. A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/business/economy/single-family-home.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the relationship between the housing industry, governments, and local communties? How… Read more »

Introducing Fortune’s 2017 Fastest-Growing Companies List

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Description: Here are the top ten. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 11, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2eTKRSl Questions for discussion: What do the firms on this list have in common? Do they represent good investment opportunities at this time, or is it “too late” to get on board?  

Listen In: How Might Apple’s Newest Products Shift Consumer Behavior?

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Description: In the latest episode of eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast, lead forecaster Martin Utreras discusses Apple’s newly announced suite of products, including the revamped Apple Watch. Which of the product launches have the most potential for disrupting consumer habits and attitudes? Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 13, 2017 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Listen-In-How-Might-Apples-Newest-Products-Shift-Consumer-Behavior/1016468 Questions for discussion: Summarize the… Read more »

Sharp differences over labor surface at NAFTA talks in Mexico

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Description: MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tensions over sharp differences in pay between Mexican workers and their Canadian and U.S. counterparts surfaced on Sunday as negotiators discussed labor market rules in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. Source: Reuters.ca Date: Sep 03, 2017 Link: https://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKCN1BF00H-OCABS Questions for discussion: Summarize the advantages Mexican auto workers enjoy… Read more »

200 Gap and Banana Republic stores closing

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Description: It’s going to be a little harder to find a Gap or Banana Republic store — but expect to see more Old Navy and Athleta locations pop up. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 06, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/06/news/companies/gap-banana-republic-stores-closing/index.html Questions for discussion: How is Gap’s management changing operations? What sort of future do you… Read more »