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Description: Wondering what to do next now that retirement looms? How about starting a business? Seriously.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-20/retirees-are-becoming-new-entrepreneurs?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are older people starting up new businesses?
  • What are the managerial issues related to working in a firm started by an older entrepreneur in comparison to a younger one?

Posted by & filed under Communication, Control, Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, Leadership, Management, Strategy.

Description: Walmart (WMT) is exiting the e-cigarette category completely as a rash of mysterious deaths linked to vaping draws intense scrutiny.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-to-exit-e-cigarette-category-as-pressure-mounts-on-vaping-170930026.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the financial implications for Walmart’s decision?
  • Do you think management is trying to get ahead of a government decision it expects soon?

Posted by & filed under Communication, International Business, Leadership, Management.

Description: When it comes to Donald Trump’s China policy, there is, as journalist Thomas Friedman puts it, a “method to his madness” but also “madness to his method.” … So what would a more sane U.S. policy look like?

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 18, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/18/us-china-strategy-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the recommendations.
  • Do you think they make sense?
  • How likely are they to be adopted?

Posted by & filed under International Business, Management, Organizational Behavior.

Description: 48,000 United Auto Workers walked off the job Monday in first national strike in more than a decade

Source: FinancialPost – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/gm-halts-all-production-at-oshawa-plant-sending-another-800-workers-home-as-u-s-strike-continues?video_autoplay=true

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues in this strike?
  • How powerful is the union’s negotiating position? The company’s?
  • How do you think this dispute will be resolved?

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Description: Why would Ren give his company’s most valuable IP—source code, hardware design, production technology, testing methods, the whole ball of wax—to an American company, in effect creating a new competitor? Well, first of all, because he’s correctly come to the conclusion that U.S. concerns over the security of the Huawei ecosystem are not going away. Those concerns did not begin with Trump, and they will not end with him.

Source: Forbes.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/20/huawei-5g-intellectual-property-offer-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the situation facing the firm and the global industry.
  • What do you think of the offer?
  • Do you think it could happen and if so, which American firm would fit best?

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Description: Several investors have been wary of incorporating environmental, social and governance standards into their strategies. However, two investors think increased attention to ESG will be the best way to improve returns.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Sep 19, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/19/theres-a-great-correlation-between-a-good-company-culture-and-profits-esg-investors-say.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • “Shareholders are important and will always be incredibly important, but their highest returns will come if a company is good in its management, if a company is sustainable and has good governance.” Do you agree with this sentiment?
  • Discuss the related arguments for and against.

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Description: President Donald Trump and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren don’t agree on much — but both have condemned Facebook (FB) for how it polices posts and ads on its site. So have concerned parents, human rights advocates, United Nations investigators, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-content-police-exclusive-183828346.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and evaluate the main discussion points.
  • Do you think the firm has a proper policy in place.
  • Is management doing as much as it should?

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Description: Apple puts a lot of work into explaining the new iPhone 11 in as few words as possible.

Source: INC.com

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/tim-cook-used-a-specific-communication-strategy-in-apples-iphone-keynote-heres-why-every-public-speaker-should-too.html?cid=hmside2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the report says about how best to communicate.
  • Do you think it makes sense? Explain.

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Description: Advancements in machine translation technology are helping consumers, gamers and small businesses

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/translation-technology-promises-to-break-down-the-language-barriers-of-international-commerce-2019-09-12?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this technology so significant for businesses all around the world?
  • What are the concerns management should be wary of?

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Description: Homegrown companies promote access to mentoring, opportunity for growth

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Aug 29, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/how-to-woo-a-tech-worker-without-free-lunches-and-foosball-tables-1.5271565

Questions for discussion:

  • How can smaller firms attract tech workers in a tight job market, according to the article?
  • What other factors might appeal to workers?