The White-Collar Job Apocalypse That Didn’t Happen

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Description: Economists once warned that office jobs in the United States would soon follow factory jobs in moving overseas. New research suggests that jobs may be moving to other parts of the country instead. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/business/economy/jobs-offshoring.html Questions for discussion: What are the results of the study? Why are they… Read more »

Federal officials say Boeing underestimated pilots ability to react to simultaneous warning alerts

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Description: The National Transportation Safety Board gave several safety recommendations after investigations into two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-officials-say-boeing-underestimated-pilots-ability-to-react-to-simultaneous-warning-alerts-2019-09-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Summarize the key findings and recommendations. Do you think Boeing management made reasonable assumptions about pilot behavior during an emergency? What lessons should all… Read more »

A New Sputnik Moment: CEO Daily

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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… Read more »

GM halts all vehicle production at Oshawa plant, sending another 800 workers home, as U.S. strike continues

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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… Read more »

Huawei’s Big Offer: CEO Daily

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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… Read more »

The new technology that could turn small businesses into international companies

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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?

Competing with big tech for coveted workers, Canadian companies tout benefits of working for smaller firms

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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?

Can Sotheby’s Find Sales Success by Going Private?

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Description: How do you turn an ancient, labor-intensive prestige brand into a money machine? That’s the challenge facing French telecommunications mogul Patrick Drahi, who on Thursday won approval from shareholders of Sotheby’s to take the 275-year-old auction house private in a transaction worth $3.7 billion. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 06, 2019 Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/06/sothebys-sale-drahi/ Questions for… Read more »

A Giant Factory Rises to Make a Product Filling Up the World: Plastic

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Description: Royal Dutch Shell’s plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets. Many in the Pittsburgh area see it as an economic engine, but others worry about long-term harm. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 12, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/business/energy-environment/plastics-shell-pennsylvania-plant.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about the… Read more »

Retired Manitoba farmer battling cancer proposes class action suit against makers of Roundup

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Description: A retired Manitoba farmer is hoping to lead a class action lawsuit against the company that owns Monsanto, alleging he developed cancer after using Roundup on his yard and field to get rid of weeds. Source: CBC.ca Date: Aug 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-farmer-proposed-class-action-lawsuit-monsanto-1.5269936 Questions for discussion: What are the legal, ethical, and social issues… Read more »