Fiat Chrysler, auto union reach tentative deal on contract

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Description: Fiat Chrysler is the last company to settle on a new contract with the union Source: CBC.ca Date: Dec 02, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/fiat-chrysler-uaw-contract-1.5380562 Questions for discussion: How well did each side do in the end? How would you characterize the future of auto union power to influence corporate decisions?

What the Streaming Wars Mean for the Future of TV

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Description: If all goes as planned, by mid-2020 four of the most valuable companies on the S&P 500 will have introduced streaming services in less than a year. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 30, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-30/what-the-streaming-wars-mean-for-the-future-of-tv-quicktake?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say is happening to the current business model for TV? What does… Read more »

Google’s ‘Thanksgiving Four’ present a challenge to leadership as campus activism rises

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Description: Google leadership may consider the leaking of sensitive information by employees as the biggest threat to its culture. But the more pressing issue the company faces is a massive wave of activism that’s now turned some of its loudest critics into heroes. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 27, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/27/googles-thanksgiving-four-present-a-challenge-to-leadership.html Questions for… Read more »

Charlene Li On The Disruption Mindset – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset – Why Some… Read more »

Former Amazon executive on the 5-star success lesson he learned from online giant’s customer ratings

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Description: Dan Lewis, CEO of trucking logistics start-up Convoy, spent many years at Amazon before founding his own company. Among the biggest projects he worked on as Amazon’s general manager of new shopping experiences was helping to build an online ratings and reviews model. It was a big problem from the online retail giant in… Read more »

YouTube CEO implores video creators to take some time off

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Description: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says in 2019, she’s been hearing more about creators feeling the need to constantly produce content, resulting in burnout. So much so, that she asked her product teams to pull some data. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 22, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/21/youtube-ceo-anne-wojicki-to-video-creators-take-some-time-off.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What do you think about how the… Read more »

Rona’s tragedy in three acts: From Quebec’s foreign takeover block, to deal with Lowe’s, to store closures

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Description: Opinion: As Lowe’s goes about closing Rona stores, it does no good and benefits no one to raise the spectre of boycotts and other forms of reprisals Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 22, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ronas-tragedy-in-three-acts-from-quebecs-foreign-takeover-block-to-deal-with-lowes-to-store-closures Questions for discussion: What does Yvan Allaire have to say about events that led to the current situation. Do… Read more »

Why White Castle isn’t a fast-food giant

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Description: If you’ve ever eaten a hamburger at a fast-food restaurant, White Castle deserves at least some of the credit. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain is famous for its cheap, small burgers. It’s also widely regarded as the first fast-food hamburger chain in the United States. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 19, 2019 Link:… Read more »

Inside the Most Watched YouTube Channel in the World

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Description: India’s T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood. Now it has to survive Netflix. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 14, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-11-14/how-t-series-beat-pewdiepie-to-be-world-s-biggest-youtube-channel?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key management decisions related to the firm’s growth and development. What lessons are there here for other content developers?

Facebook apologizes after employees complain about racist company culture

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Description: Facebook on Friday issued an apology following an anonymous blog post complaining about a racist culture toward black, Hispanic and female Asian employees at the social media company. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 08, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/08/facebook-racism-complaints-by-anonymous-employees-company-apologizes.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Do you think Facebook management is handling this situation correctly? How should they, going forward? How… Read more »