Alphabet’s Board Probes Company’s Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

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Description: Google’s parent Alphabet is investigating how the company has managed sexual harassment and misconduct claims, some of which have targeted its own executives. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 06, 2019 Link: https://fortune.com/2019/11/06/google-parent-alphabet-probe-sexual-harassment-misconduct/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=ceo-daily&utm_content=2019110712pm Questions for discussion: What are the management issues raised in this report? Do you think the firms mentioned have responded… Read more »

Are Elon Musk’s Warnings About AI Manipulating Social Media Coming True?

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Description: Elon Musk voiced a dire warning about AI. Should we be worried? Source: Fortune.com Date: Nov 05, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/341650?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the concerns related to AI and future possibilities? What do you believe the direction will be? What role is there for management to play in order… Read more »

Workplace mental health programs deliver healthier bottom lines

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Description: Deloitte analysis finds a median return on investment of $1.62 for every $1 spent Source: CBC.ca Date: Nov 07, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/workplace-mental-health-programs-deliver-good-roi-1.5346872 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key findings presented in this report. Are you surprised by any of the items? What is the message to management as well as employees?

How Chipotle returned to the top after disastrous food-safety scares

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Description: How Chipotle returned to the top after disastrous food-safety scares Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 06, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/05/ceo-brian-niccol-turns-chipotle-mexican-grill-around-after-food-safety-scares.html Questions for discussion: How is Taco Bell managed differently from Chipotle? How would you increase business at Chipotle? Do you think Chipotle is a good investment today?

David M. Rubenstein on Profit, Purpose and Climate

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Description: F&D’s Rahim Kanani interviews David M. Rubenstein, cofounder and co–executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private investment firms, on a new corporate reality that looks beyond profit, the role of business in tackling climate change, and what animates his philanthropy. Source: IMF.org Date: Nov 04, 2019 Link: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2019/11/david-rubenstein-on-profit-purpose-and-climate-change.htm Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Next Billion-Dollar Startups: Truepill’s Dose Of Digital Disruption To The $400 Billion Pharmacy Industry

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Description: Pharmacy is a roughly $400 billion business in the United States, yet only recently have entrepreneurs begun tackling the market. In 2013, two young founders launched PillPack, a retail pharmacy startup that was acquired by Amazon last year for around $750 million. Other newcomers followed, including New York City’s Capsule, which grabbed $270 million… Read more »

What Alphabet Did Right in Toronto That Amazon Got Wrong in New York

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Description: In 2017, two of the world’s biggest tech titans pitched ambitious urban developments in two of North America’s biggest cities. Today, only one of them is still in the running. Source: Fortune.com Date: Nov 01, 2019 Link: https://fortune.com/2019/11/01/alphabet-sidewalk-labs-toronto-amazon-new-york/ Questions for discussion: What happened in these two situations, from a negotiations point of view? What… Read more »

Facebook sued for age, gender bias in financial services ads

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Description: (Reuters) – Facebook Inc <FB.O> was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 31, 2019 Link: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-sued-age-gender-bias-183907492.html?guccounter=1 Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the… Read more »

American business schools are reinventing the MBA

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Description: On a visit to New York in October Marc Benioff, boss of Salesforce, compared Facebook to cigarettes and backed a corporate tax hike to deal with homelessness in San Francisco. If badmouthing a fellow technology giant and cheering the taxman were not heterodox enough for a billionaire entrepreneur, Mr Benioff laid into American management… Read more »

Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech

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Description: In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less — as his company has been assailed for allowing lies and falsehoods to appear. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 17, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/business/zuckerberg-facebook-free-speech.html Questions for discussion: How did Mark Zuckerberg present Facebook in light of the criticism… Read more »