Before Wisconsin, Foxconn Vowed Big Spending in Brazil. Few Jobs Have Come.

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Description: Before the Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn pledged to spend $10 billion and create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin, the company made a similar promise in Brazil. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/business/foxconn-trump-wisconsin.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the report have to say about strategic management thinking from different parts of the world? Is there… Read more »

Patience is key takeaway these serial entrepreneurs use for success

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Description: It’s remarkable how many ways entrepreneurs find to give back after they sell their business; many commit to community and philanthropy. But Calgary entrepreneurs Nancy Knowlton and Dave Martin have taken it to a new level. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 12, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/fp-startups/0901-biz-rs-spence-nureva Questions for discussion: Explain the entrepreneurial success of Nancy Knowlton… Read more »

Opinion: This home-building robot could put human construction crews out of business

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Description: Fastbrick Robotics says its Hadrian X robot will build the shell of a building in just two days — replacing weeks of work by masons Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 02, 2016 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-robot-could-build-much-of-your-next-house-2016-11-01?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: What does this report suggest about the future of robotics in the construction industry? What are the pros… Read more »

Walmart Just Gave its Managers a Raise

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Description: Pay will increase from 45 to Over 48K Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 12, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2e7TJxD Questions for Discussions: Why do you think Walmart has increased pay for managers ahead of legislation? Do you think Walmart managers receiving the pay increase feel better about their compensation package and are now more… Read more »

Samsung’s losses from Note 7 disaster keep mounting

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Description: Samsung distributes flame-proof boxes for Note 7 recall Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 14, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/14/technology/samsung-galaxy-note-7-profit-loss/index.html Questions for Discussions: What damage has been done to Samsung branded products? Do you think management has responded to the problems properly?

No, Robots Won’t Take All of Our Jobs

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Description: Some things will always require a human touch Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 29, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2ddbPBp Questions for Discussions: How will robotics change the work environment, according to this report? What does this trend mean for Human Resource Management?

Chipotle runs into further problems

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Description: Chipotle’s problems continue to grow. After an outbreak of E.coli and norovirus at its restaurants, the public health department for Seattle closed down one of its restaurants in Seattle for food-safety violations. Source: Financial Post Date: December 11, 2015 Text Link: http://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/chipotle-restaurant-shut-down-in-seattle-for-food-safety-violations-adding-to-woes-after-e-coli-outbreak Questions for Discussion: In your view, how will customers react to these concerns?… Read more »

Samsun will pay Apple $548-million in patent dispute

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Description: After a drawn out battle, Samsung is finally paying Apple $548 million for infringing Apple patents and copying the look of the iPhone. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: December 04, 2015 Text Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/samsung-to-finally-pay-apple-548-million-in-patent-dispute/article27602973/ Questions for Discussion: Will this payout have any impact on Samsung’s sales? Will the realization that Samsung copied the… Read more »

Tesla recalls all Model S sedans

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Description: Tesla is recalling all its 90,000 Model S sedans worldwide after a customer reported that her seat belt became disconnected. This is the largest recall by Tesla yet. Interestingly, the recall was made after only one complaint. Source: CBC Date: November 20, 2015 Text Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tesla-recalls-all-model-s-sedans-to-fix-seatbelt-defect-1.3328058 Questions for Discussion: Will this recall affect Tesla’s… Read more »