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Description: Concept cars have been a staple of the automotive landscape for decades. Manufacturers use them to pique consumers’ interest, but also to showcase new technology and features they hope to unveil in later production cars.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 08, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/08/8-concept-cars-shaping-the-technology-dominated-drive-of-the-future.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do these concept cars say about the future for these consumer products and transportation in general?
  • Why would providing a bed in which to sleep be in keeping with the future?

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Description: Canada Goose Holdings Inc. is slowly expanding beyond its parka roots, entering the footwear realm on Thursday with a $32.5 million acquisition that comes as it continues to grow its roster of flagship stores around the world.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/canada-goose-steps-into-footwear-as-global-expansion-hits-vancouver

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the Canada Goose brand represent in the marketplace?
  • Who are the target customers for Canada Goose and Baffin?
  • Is the acquisition a good decision?
  • How do both companies benefit by the acquisition?
  • Would you continue to brand separately or label the footwear using Canada Goose?

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Description: Employees at Google offices around the world held a wave of walkouts on Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 01, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/technology/google-walkout-sexual-harassment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the issues that precipitated the action by employees.
  • What does this action say about the changing culture in this company?
  • Do you think the action and publicity will affect other businesses?
  • What would you advise management and employees at this time?

Posted by & filed under Communication, Compensation & Benefits, Control, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Management, Negotiation, Operations Management, Organizational Change, Organizational Structure & Design, Planning, Social Responsibility, Strategy, Teams, Technology.

Description: Amazon has reduced the number of temporary hires it needs this holiday shopping season as the company turns to more robots, Citi analyst Mark May told CNBC Friday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/02/citi-mark-may-amazon-relies-on-robots-less-temporary-holiday-hires.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report suggest is happening to low-paying jobs like sorting and handling packages at Amazon?
  • How is the decision by Amazon both good and bad for the economy?

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Description: With unemployment near a record low, many businesses have no choice but to spend to upgrade employee skills.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 26, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-26/now-is-not-a-good-time-to-skimp-on-worker-training?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about training in different countries around the world?
  • How should managers interpret the suggestions in this article?

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Description: For a company in Chesterfield, Mo., it involved something as seemingly simple as attaching a trash can to an employee’s chair.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/business/heres-the-skinny-for-lean-production-processes-to-work-a-company-needs-to-be-all-in.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Ffast-forward

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the main ideas that would be important to managers of firms interested in improving operations and efficiencies.
  • Which idea for improvement were you most impressed with?

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Description:  That’s how much you would make if you invested the money you spent on your smartphone from the age of 18 to 78

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-true-cost-of-an-iphone-over-your-lifetime-300000-2018-11-01

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think consumers understand the “cost” of owning an iPhone in these terms?
  • What is the value received from ownership?
  • How does iPhone ownership compare to other big ticket consumer items, like a car or vacations?
  • What about small purchases like a daily coffee from Starbucks?

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Description: Competition breeds excellence, innovation, success — right? Well, not always, especially in the modern landscape of business.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322213

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in this article.
  • How can synergy work for managers, according to the writer?

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Description: The parent company of Tim Hortons saw sales growth at Canadian locations of the coffee-and-doughnut chain as executives say their work to mend fraught franchisee relations is paying off, though more work remains.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Oct 25, 2018

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tim-hortons-parent-sees-canadian-growth-as-it-works-to-fix-franchisee-relationship-1.1157210

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the expansion plans at Tim Hortons?
  • Do you think the Tim Horton’s business model will be well received in China?
  • What are the risks associated with this strategy?

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Description: As CEO Dara Khosrowshahi remakes Uber with an eye toward an IPO, his Iranian childhood and heritage are essential to understanding how he leads.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Oct 23, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90245381/how-dara-khosrowshahi-iranian-heritage-shapes-how-he-leads-uber?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10232018

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the entrepreneurial character and insight about Dara Khosrowshahi presented in the article.
  • What is “bazaari entrepreneurialism” and how does it influence business thinking?