Role of Human Emotions in Strategy

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Description: Professor Quy Huy from INSEAD argues that many strategies fail because senior managers adopt a project management approach in executing their strategies. Managers need to take people in to account as they execute their plans. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 25 2012 Video: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/video-factor-in-human-emotions-when-planning-strategy/article4566848/?from=4599006 Questions for Discussion: Do you agree with Professor… Read more »

Should Canada be protecting ownership of its oil sands?

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Description: Although they support the proposed $15.1-billion acquisition of Nexen Inc. by China’s CNOOC Ltd., top industry executives want Ottawa to protect ownership of major oil sands companies. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 25 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/protect-canadian-ownership-of-oil-sands-firms-executives-urge/article4568562/ Questions for Discussion: Do you agree with the executives that Ottawa should not allow foreign ownership… Read more »

Bombardier sees upside in city congestion

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Description: Bombardier sees growth as major cities try to overcome increasing congestion. It presently has orders worth U.S. $31.9 billion to build better public transportation to reduce people’s over reliance on cars. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 19 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/bombardier-sees-upside-in-city-congestion/article4553201/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss how Bombardier has sustained such impressive growth despite the slow… Read more »

Is risk necessary in era of slow growth?

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Description: Scotiabank CEO Rick Waugh says banks need to take a certain amount of risk to stimulate growth. He asserts that Canadian banks have managed risk well. Source: Business News Network Date: September 18 2012 Video and Text Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2012/9/18/Risk-necessary-in-era-of-slow-growth-Scotia-CEO.aspx Questions for Discussion: Do you agree with Rick Waugh that banks should take risk to… Read more »

Are there drawbacks for BCE’s buyout of Astral?

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Description: Rogers Communications Inc. told Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that Bell’s $3.4 billion takeover of Astral Media Inc. will limit the competition in the market and will make it difficult for Rogers to offer programming on online devices. Source: Business News Network Date: September 12 2012 Video and Text Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2012/9/12/BCE-will-hoard-content-after-Astral-buy-Rogers-tells-CRTC.aspx Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Lululemon Defies Critics

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Description: Lululemon overcame some serious setbacks to report an almost 50-per-cent jump in quarterly profit to $57.2-million, resulting in its shares soaring more than 12 per cent. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: September 07 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/lululemon-to-continue-global-expansion-in-yoga-running-apparel/article4525921/ Questions for Discussion: Explain how Lululemon managed to overcome some of earlier setbacks? What does the following… Read more »

Dollarama a bright spot in struggling retail sector

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Description: Amidst shrinking margins for most Canadian retailers and grocers, Dollarama has surpassed expectations with with swelling margins and strong profits.  Source: Business News Network Date:  April 11, 2012 Video Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2012/4/11/Dollarama-a-bright-spot-in-struggling-retail-sector.aspx Questions for Discussion: What do you feel are the reasons for Dollarama’s success? Does the success of Dollarama indicates that Canadian consumers are… Read more »

Insurers lodge complaint against RBC, BMO

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Description: In Canada, banks cannot promote insurance products on their websites. Recently, insurance brokers lodged a complaint alleging that RBC and BMO are flouting Ottawa’s rules by promoting insurance on their websites. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: April 23, 2012 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/insurers-lodge-complaint-against-rbc-bmo/article2410371/ Questions for Discussion:   Do you agree that the Canadian government should… Read more »

RIM Troubles Continue

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RIM Troubles Continue Description: RIM continues to perform poorly. RIM CEO, Thorstein Heins, hints that they are open to selling RIM. Wall Street Journalists discuss possible suitors for RIM. Source: Wall Street Journal Video Date:  March 29, 2012 Link: http://online.wsj.com/video/can-rim-survive-the-turmoil/C79D4470-7F3B-4898-AA9B-E7E544B952F7.html  Questions for Discussion: Discuss important reasons that led to the eventual decline of RIM? Should… Read more »

McDonald’s growth

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McDonald’s new chief executive Don Thompson, who has taken over Mr. Jim Skinner, continues to emphasize on diversification despite the reduction in the compound annual growth rate of the firm’s overseas assets. Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-news/global-exchange/financial-times/mcdonalds-growth-supersize-me/article2379161/) Questions: Do you think having an earlier CEO like Mr. Skinner has raised the bar for Mr. Thompson? How would we have… Read more »