Description: Steve Easterbrook is giving the Golden Arches a data makeover, but franchisees are balking at the cost. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-25/steve-easterbrook-wants-mcdonald-s-to-think-like-silicon-valley Questions for discussion: What is the new strategic thinking at McDonald’s? Why is it a hard sell to frnchisees?
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Premium tea bags leach billions of microplastics per cup: Study
Description: MONTREAL — A McGill University professor says tea lovers may be swallowing billions of tiny plastic particles along with their favourite brew. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/premium-tea-bags-leach-billions-of-microplastics-per-cup-study-1.1322338 Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and legal issues related to companies selling this product? What should management at companies that are using… Read more »
The White-Collar Job Apocalypse That Didn’t Happen
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
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 »
Walmart to exit e-cigarette category as pressure mounts on vaping
Description: Walmart (WMT) is exiting the e-cigarette category completely as a rash of mysterious deaths linked to vaping draws intense scrutiny. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 20, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-to-exit-e-cigarette-category-as-pressure-mounts-on-vaping-170930026.html Questions for discussion: What are the financial implications for Walmart’s decision? Do you think management is trying to get ahead of a government… Read more »
A New Sputnik Moment: CEO Daily
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 »
Exclusive: An in-depth look at Facebook’s content police
Description: President Donald Trump and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren don’t agree on much — but both have condemned Facebook (FB) for how it polices posts and ads on its site. So have concerned parents, human rights advocates, United Nations investigators, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 12, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-content-police-exclusive-183828346.html Questions… Read more »
Tim Cook Used a Specific Communication Strategy in Apple’s iPhone Keynote. Here’s Why Every Public Speaker Should Too
Description: Apple puts a lot of work into explaining the new iPhone 11 in as few words as possible. Source: INC.com Date: Sep 12, 2019 Link: https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/tim-cook-used-a-specific-communication-strategy-in-apples-iphone-keynote-heres-why-every-public-speaker-should-too.html?cid=hmside2 Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about how best to communicate. Do you think it makes sense? Explain.
Vaping Was Called Safer Than Smoking. What Happened?
Description: The growing use of battery-powered e-cigarettes — the activity known as vaping — has provoked one of the most robust debates among public-health specialists in years. The debate has intensified as some users of vaping devices, which have been thought of as safer than lit cigarettes, have come down with mysterious and serious respiratory… Read more »
Can Sotheby’s Find Sales Success by Going Private?
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 »