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Description: If all had gone according to plan, Carlos Ghosn would have been winging his way to Amsterdam on his corporate jet Wednesday night en route to a potentially critical meeting of senior members of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — of which he has long served as CEO.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 30, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/arrest-of-ousted-nissan-chairman-ghosn-invites-conspiracy-theories.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the history of this alliance and explain why some believe there is inside political motivation behind the arrest of Carlos Ghosn.
  • Do you think management of these organizations can recover from this situation?
  • Do you think these events will lesson the chances of future global alliances?
  • Would things have been different if there had been a straight merger of the firms, in your opinion?

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Description:  Apple needs a new product, as iPhone sales slow and drag the company’s stock lower, and it has three possible winners in the pipeline already, according to HSBC analysts.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Dec 04, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/04/apples-new-winner-besides-the-iphone-could-be-ar-car-or-health-hsbc.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the new products in the pipeline?
  • How can revenue be generated by these products?
  • What other ideas would you suggest to Apple management to generate  more profit?

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Description: No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings. In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way? Across Wall Street, men are adopting controversial strategies for the #MeToo era and, in the process, making life even harder for women.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Dec 04, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-03/a-wall-street-rule-for-the-metoo-era-avoid-women-at-all-cost

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article say about the direction of working relationships between men and women?
  • How should management deal with this issue?

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Description: Why are we suddenly talking about canned tuna and millennials? The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that overall consumption of the packaged fish has declined by more than 40 percent in the United States over the last three decades, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Dec 04, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/business/canned-tuna-millennials.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is the problem in the tuna industry?
  • What is the industry doing about it?
  • What do you think are the reasons for the problem in the industry?
  • What would you advise?

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Description: After a three-year hiatus, the husband-wife duo behind Kiosk, the revered concept store, return with a new collection–just in time for the holidays.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Dec 04, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90274173/kiosk-the-cult-status-design-store-is-back

Questions for discussion:

  • Is this really such a unique business model?
  • Do you think it can find a large enough market in order to succeed?

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Description:  In the latest episode of “Behind the Numbers,” analyst Debra Aho Williamson joins us in the studio to talk about social stories—what she calls a 21st Century daily diary. What is it about stories that users and advertisers alike seem to find so appealing?

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Dec 04, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-charm-of-social-stories?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this discussion.
  • Do you agree with the analysis presented about how “stories” impact consumers?

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Description: She’s CEO of a billion-dollar brand, but she’s always looking to invent the next big thing.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 28, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322936?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you suppose Sara Blakely has been so successful as an entrepreneur and manager?
  • Why is it important to “know your limits”, according to Sara Blakely?

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Description:  Discovery CEO David Zaslav told CNBC that Apple’s video streaming service “could explode” when it launches next year, because CEO Tim Cook and video head Eddy Cue have the connections they need: subscribers.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 23, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/28/tim-cooks-plans-for-apple-video-could-explode-discovery-ceo.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What distinguishes the Discovery business model from scripted television?
  • Do you think this model will succeed?
  • What sort of programming would you watch via this non-scripted streaming model?
  • Why does Apple have a competitive advantage?

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Description: The podcast ad market is taking off as people increasingly tune in. But large brand advertisers still want better measurement and analytics before they really buy in.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Nov 27, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-dollar-shave-club-approaches-podcasting?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research data say about the growth in podcasting?
  • Why do you think this medium is growing in popularity?
  • Which advertisers should be most interested?

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Description: Mike Pritchett, CEO of Shootsta, says don’t spend too much money on it. Keep it simple, straightforward, easy and authentic.

Source: Entrepreneur.com – video report

Date: Nov 28, 2018

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EMq53-W6jM&feature=youtu.be

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Mike Pritchett say about video production techniques?
  • How would you rate this video in terms of the advice he presents?