Why big media is a ‘Game of Thrones’

Description: Bigger, bigger, bigger: that’s the battle cry of today’s media corporations. Brian Stelter maps out the war between the entertainment producers and the cable distributors. But who will sit on the Iron Throne?

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: August 06, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/media/2014/08/06/why-big-media-is-a-game-of-thrones.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe the changing relationship between content creators and distributors.
  • What do you think the industry will look like in ten years?


Lululemon seeks a leg up on knockoffs

Description: Lululemon Athletica Inc. has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court in Illinois targeting a sealed list of unidentified defendants that it says are China-based knockoff artists selling fake versions of its ubiquitous yoga pants and other merchandise online.

Source: BNN.com – video report

Date: July 19, 2014

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/7/19/Lululemon-seeks-a-leg-up-on-knockoffs.aspx

Questions for Discussions:

  • After watching the video and reading the article, how would you describe the leadership and management culture at Lululemon?
  • How can management deal with knockoff artists selling fake versions online, other than through the courts?


Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Description: Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteinian tufts.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: August 07, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-07/silicon-valley-tech-entrepreneurs-behind-the-stereotype

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this article say about management styles and success?
  • Do you agree with the arguments presented?


Why P&G can grow by shrinking

Description: The Ohio-based consumer goods company recently announced it would shed up to 100 brands, creating room to potentially become a leaner and more efficient company.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: August 07, 2014

Link: http://fortune.com/2014/08/07/why-pg-can-grow-by-shrinking/

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this report say about strategic thinking at P&G?
  • Does it make sense to you?
  • What are the possibilities for the firm going forward with this revised plan?


Big-box stores may see dark days ahead

Description: Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) gained dominance by offering everything from groceries to children’s toys, often putting smaller, local stores out of business in the process. Now, it’s the revenge of the smaller retailers.

Source: CBSNews.com

Date: July 19, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-there-dark-days-ahead-for-big-box-stores/?tag=nl.e713&s_cid=e713&ttag=e713&ftag=TRE4cf7aca

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in retailing today that is reflected in the issues facing Walmart and Target?
  • Do you think changes to management will have a positive effect on these firms?
  • What would you recommend these firms do as the marketplace continues to evolve?


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How two ‘hippies’ created Whole Foods

Description: Co-CEO of Whole Foods John Mackey discusses his original vision for the health foods market.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: June 05, 2014

Link: http://fortune.com/video/2014/06/06/how-two-hippies-created-whole-foods/

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is your impression of John Mackey as an entrepreneur and leader?
  • Do you think his character has impacted on the culture within the organization?


GM CEO: 15 axed after recall report

Description: In a public town hall of General Motors employees, CEO Mary Barra shared some details of the internal investigation into the ignition switch recall and announced personnel changes.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: June 05, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/06/05/general-motors-mary-barra-investigation-report-ignition-switch-recall.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the report claim is the fundamental reason GM management did not act on the problem?
  • Do you think the dismissals solve the problem?
  • What else should GM do to change the culture within the company?


For a Decade, G.M. Response to a Fatal Flaw Was to Shrug

Description: Just six months ago, a group of senior General Motors executives gathered to review a series of PowerPoint slides concerning a question that had been smoldering inside G.M. for a decade: Should the company recall hundreds of thousands of small cars because of a dangerous defect?

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: June 05, 2014

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/business/gm-response-to-a-fatal-flaw-was-to-shrug.html?ref=business

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about GM management, decision-making and culture?
  • How should current management deal with the results of their investigations?


The Collateral Damage of NYC’s Bike Share Program: Bike Shops

Description: Charlie McCorkell supported New York’s Citi Bike program from the beginning, as one of the bicycle-sharing network’s founding members. But he’s also the owner of several local bike shops. This presents a problem.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: June 05, 2014

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-05/the-collateral-damage-of-nyc-s-bike-share-program-bike-shops.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How has the introduction of bike-sharing impacted small business bike shops?
  • Explain the responses in the marketplace in terms of supply and demand forces.
  • What is your forecast for these two business sectors of the biking industry?
  • How should store managers respond?