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Description: Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 09, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/technology/tiktok-vanessa-pappas-bytedance.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the situation at the firm and how management is dealing with it?
  • What would you advise management?

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Description: At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, companies quickly realized the old workplace benefits—on-site meals and dry-cleaning, anyone?—wouldn’t translate to remote work. Businesses raced to introduce benefits that their employees could take advantage of—and that would be most helpful— during the global crisis.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 10, 2020

Link: https://fortune.com/2020/09/10/back-to-school-benefits-discounts-parents-caregivers/

Questions for discussion:

  • What are some of the benefits companies are providing employees?
  • What do you think companies should do for employees?

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Description: “Battle royale” evokes images of professional wrestlers engaged in a free-for-all brawl in which combatants eventually turn on one another until there is an eventual winner. With apologies to Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, Big Tech is taking on the same trappings as companies turn on one another amid multiple antitrust investigations and issues.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 12, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/big-tech-is-turning-on-one-another-amid-antitrust-probes-and-litigation-2020-09-11?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues facing tech management?
  • How should they approach these challenges, in your opinion?
  • What do you think the outcome will be?

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Description: Joanne Sallay’s in-person tutoring business faced overnight extinction. And then the elementary school parents started calling

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Aug 27, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-business/kindergarten-is-the-new-calculus-how-a-private-tutoring-company-survived-a-pandemic/wcm/b4622ea7-d5c4-4354-b4cd-5d37caeb36e3/

Questions for discussion:

  • How did operations change as a result of coronavirus?
  • How does the report illustrate entrepreneurial management?

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Description: If it’s handmade or over 20 years old, there’s a good chance you can find it on Etsy, the go-to online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 05, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/how-etsy-built-a-handmade-empire.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

    • How would you describe Etsy’s business model?
    • Summarize the evolution of the firm’s management.
    • Why do you think the firm experienced so many growing pains?
    • Explain the firm’s success.
    • Who are Etsy’s competitors?

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Description: When the coronavirus hit, medical practitioners started ramping up their virtual offerings – notably appointments via videoconferencing apps such as FaceTime and Zoom – as a way to continue caring for patients and keep their businesses alive.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Sep 12, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/telemedicine?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about telemedicine as a means to improve services and reduce costs?
  • What do you think of the concept?
  • How can practitioners increase participation amongst clients?

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Description: Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 05, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/05/technology/parents-time-off-backlash.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how employees reacted to these new policies?
  • How should management deal with this reaction, in your opinion?

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Description: If the pandemic has taught business leaders anything, it’s this: The question isn’t if the next crisis will come, but when.

Source: Gallup.com

Date: Aug 05, 2020

Link: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/316325/strategies-build-business-resilience-next-disruption.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the current disruption taking place?
  • What does the report recommend to management?

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Description: Even though hyperloop capsules can reach speeds of 760 miles per hour, on a practical level, this transportation sector appears to be stalled.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 02, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/02/hyperloop-will-revolutionize-transportation-in-post-coronavirus-world.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How would hyperloop disrupt the transportation industry of today?
  • What are the advantages to the consumer and business markets?
  • How should managers in the affected industries plan for the transition to this new transportation system?

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Description: An employee cannot refuse to return to work because they lack confidence in the employer’s measures or believe that leaving their home or taking public transit is unsafe. Nor can they necessarily refuse to return to work because they are older or believe they bear a special risk because of their or their family’s health circumstances and degree of auto-immune vulnerability.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Sep 04, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/executive/careers/howard-levitt-why-employees-cant-refuse-to-return-to-work-because-they-fear-an-unsafe-workplace/wcm/45a18696-6d54-4839-8a5f-6b51660e9bdd/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the legal issues related to employees’ concerns about returning to their workplace?
  • How should managers deal with their employees’ concerns in light of the legal implications and weighing the ramifications of employees’ fears?