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Description: It is not the first boycott of a company or organization and it will not be the last. But an ongoing protest against Publix Super Markets— a multi-billion dollar grocery chain with 1,200 stores in southeastern U.S.—has an interesting plot twist that created international headlines.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Feb 22, 2021

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2021/02/22/heres-what-executives-need-to-know-before-responding-to-consumer-protests/?sh=666c0fe43c5e

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the issues involved in this story and how management dealt with the problem.
  • What is the advice presented to management in the article? Do you agree?

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Description: Film sets are up and running, offering a safe but costly blueprint for business owners to follow.

Source: Inc.com

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/return-office-tips-hollywood-covid-compliance-officer.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest to managers and employees?
  • Do you think other interventions should be considered by management?
  • How do you think the typical office environment will change as a result of the long absence of employees?

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Description: Facebook is restoring news to its platform in Australia, and has already reached a deal with one major media company, after the government agreed on Tuesday to last-minute changes to a media content payments code.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Feb 20, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/360810/facebook-drops-australian-news-ban-negotiates-pay.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121520&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ

Questions for discussion:

  • What was the basis of the dispute with Facebook management?
  • What is the resolution that Facebook has agreed to?
  • Do you think there is a “winner” in this dispute?
  • How else can Facebook management deal with the issue?

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Description: BlackNorth Initiative working to address all three to create accessible, equitable opportunities in marginalized communities

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/progress-on-work-wages-and-wealth-needed-to-boost-black-economic-empowerment

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the BlackNorth Initiative doing to boost economic empowerment?
  • What else would you advise the organization and related associations, including governments?

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Description: Welcome to our first-ever live podcast recording from Clubhouse (the new social audio app that is all the rage). This conversation was recorded this past Friday (February 19th, 2021). Our conversation this week is with my old friend, Jeremiah Owyang, to discuss the present and future of social audio, Clubhouse, smart audio, podcasting and beyond. Jeremiah is no stranger to this show. He is an industry analyst based in Silicon Valley who helps his clients solve how new technology connects companies to their customers. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving insights through rigorous research. From corporate innovation, autonomous technology or modern wellbeing, he views every aspect of emerging technologies through the lens of growth, opportunity and constantly shifting consumer behaviors and expectations. Forever at the forefront, Jeremiah identifies trends and advises major companies to adapt their business models to better connect with customers. He also publishes numerous research reports, playbooks and frameworks to help businesses navigate change, improve customer experiences and identify trends before they happen. He used to work as an analyst for Forrester Research, co-founded Altimeter Group and many more. Currently, he is the founder at Catalyst Companies and Kaleido Insights. Like me, he is fascinated with this new space known as social audio and published, The Future of Social Audio: Startups, Roadmap, Business Models, and a Forecast. Plus, he works out of an awesome Airstream trailer. Enjoy the live conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 21, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/jeremiah-owyang-on-the-future-of-social-audio-live-from-clubhouse-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What is social audio and why is it drawing so much attention from marketers and investors?
  • Summarize the key ideas discussed in the podcast.

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Description: The motorcoach sector has been devastated by the drop in pandemic-era travel, but there’s been little federal aid for this 3,000-company transportation industry.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/there-s-no-covid-bailout-for-the-bus-industry?srnd=premium

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the state of the motorcoach industry?
  • Do you think the government should do more to support those affected by the pandemic?
  • Is the industry likely to bounce back after the pandemic eases?

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Description: Mursion’s simulations use real actors in A.I.-generated scenarios–no bulky headset required. It could be the future of workplace learning.

Source: Inc.com

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/sophie-downes/mursion-virtual-reality-simulation-empathy-workplace-training-learning.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about the value of VR instruction?
  • Describe a few learning environments that you think would be particularly good for VR learning.
  • Sketch out a learning module with some scenarios that would demonstrate you concepts.

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Description: America’s ability to attract global talent is a competitive advantage. Talented foreigners enrich our human capital and help drive innovation, technological leadership, and American strength. But our ability to attract the best and brightest is at risk.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Link: https://fortune.com/2021/02/19/immigration-reform-biden-us-global-talent-race/

Questions for discussion:

  • What is meant by “smart immigration policy”?
  • What does the research say about international HR management and recruitment?
  • What can done to improve awareness of the need for smart immigration policy?

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Description: By foregoing some of their dominance in Australia, both will wind up securing monopolies of the world’s online information.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 17, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-02-18/google-and-facebook-lose-a-battle-to-win-the-war

Questions for discussion:

  • According to the article, what is the strategy being used by Google and Facebook in Australia?
  • Do you think this is in fact what these firms are doing and if so, do you think it is a good strategy?
  • What would you advise management?

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Description: Big Tech may be too powerful for a single country to take on, though Australia is trying — and Canada may, too

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/don-pittis-facebook-australia-governments-gang-up-1.5919005

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is the problem with big tech companies?
  • What is the suggested solution for governments?
  • How should the industry manage this development?