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Description: When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke,President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States?

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: 01/22/2012

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html? _r=2&scp=2&sq=Charles%20Duhigg&st=cse

Questions for discussion:

  • How does Apple illustrate the global nature of business today?
  • Why, according to the report, will these manufacturing jobs never return to the U.S.?
  • Do you agree with this view?
  • What does this report suggest managers do in order reduce the loss of manufacturing employment?
  • How can future employees – in the U.S. and elsewhere – prepare for work in a global market for jobs?
  • Is there a role for governments here?

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