‘We absolutely have a problem’: Canada’s tech sector gender gap

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Description: Canadian technology companies may be breaking new ground as innovators, but a landmark study published on Wednesday finds the sector is behind the times when it comes to finding a place for women in senior roles. Source: GlobeandMail.com Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/technology/we-absolutely-have-a-problem-canadas-tech-sector-gender-gap/article36789423/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com& Questions for discussion: Summarize the findings presented in this report?… Read more »

Michael Oreskes Quits NPR Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

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Description: Michael Oreskes, who led NPR’s news division and was formerly a high-ranking editor at The New York Times, resigned on Wednesday after being accused of sexually harassing women. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 01, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/business/media/mike-oreskes-npr-sexual-harassment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=13&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: How serious a problem is a charge of sexual harrasement for an individual and for… Read more »

How Sears could stir ‘a lot of instability’ in holiday season

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Description: Sears Canada is poised to be an agent of chaos for the retail industry this holiday shopping season, as the the prospect of deep discounts looms large over competing big box stores. While the company’s planned liquidation is sure to reverberate through the industry heading into year’s end, a pair of retail experts say… Read more »

Gretchen Carlson: How I Handled Sexual Harassment

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Description: “You find out who your friends are in a big way when you come forward” Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 04, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2ygZqGr Questions for discussion: What lessons should managers take away from this discussion? What lessons are presented here for women in the workplace?

Successful Entrepreneurs Should Know These 6 Thinkers, Artists And Authors

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Description: When Warren Buffett was asked recently to describe a successful business, he brought up one of Ben Franklin’s bon mots: “Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee.” Source: Forbes.com Date: Sep 21, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/abrambrown/2017/09/21/entrepreneurs-thinkers-artists-authors/#67a6eaf86799 Questions for discussion: What message is the author of this article trying to convey about entrepreneurial thinking?… Read more »

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?