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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?


15 Years After Napster: How the Music Service Changed the Industry

Description: Fifteen years after Napster launched, we asked a dozen music journalists and editors to give their thoughts on the service that revolutionized the way we share and listen to songs.

Source: The DailyBeast.com

Date: June 4, 2014

Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/06/15-years-after-napster-how-the-music-service-changed-the-industry.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How was the music industry affected by the introduction of new technologies?
  • How can management respond to these evolving challenges?
  • Which business model do you think will dominate the marketplace over the next ten years?


Real reason Apple is buying Beats

Description: The headphones are just part of what Apple is buying as they acquire Beats for $3 billion. They get a streaming service and a powerful music executive too.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 30, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2014/05/29/t-apple-buying-beats-3-billion-headphones-streaming-dr-dre-jimmy-iovine.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the assets acquired by Apple as a result of  this merger?
  • Do you think the acquisition was really driven for new managerial talent?


Salesforce: L.A. Clippers of software

Description: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is buying the Clippers. But new CEO Satya Nadella just inked a key partnership with cloud software firm Salesforce. And that might be the smarter deal.

Source: CNN.com – video report

Date: May 30, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/05/30/investing-the-buzz-microsoft-nadella-salesforce-clippers-steve-ballmer.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How does the Microsoft deal with Salesforce make sense?
  • What are the strategic synergies between the two companies?
  • Do you think Microsoft will be better off with the leadership of Satya Nadella?


Look out Lululemon, this exploding Australian fitness brand aims to eat your lunch

Description: An activewear brand with a cult following in Australia is planning a massive global expansion in the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Source: NationalPost.com

Date: May 29, 2014

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/05/29/look-out-lululemon-this-exploding-australian-fitness-brand-aims-to-eat-your-lunch/

Questions for Discussions:

  • How does this report reflect growing globalization and international business?
  • How should managers approach the challenge?
  • Does the home country of a brand help or hurt international marketing efforts in this case?


Effective Marketing Critical for US Telecoms to Remain Relevant

Description: The telecom industry is the fourth-largest spender on digital advertising in the US after the retail, financial services and automotive sectors. Despite telecom’s size, eMarketer expects the industry to lag almost all other US verticals in digital ad spending growth, according to a new report, “The US Telecom Industry 2014: Digital Ad Spending Forecast and Trends,” part of our new report series, “2014 Digital Ad Spending Benchmarks by Industry.”

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: May 29, 2014

Link: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Effective-Marketing-Critical-US-Telecoms-Remain-Relevant/1010883/3#sthash.jWgd9nDp.dpuf

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this report say about the direction of online advertising and the behaviors of major players?
  • How does this reflect consumer behaviors?
  • How should managers be expected to respond to this information?