The Woman Taking Over TikToc at the Toughest Time

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Description: Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 09, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/technology/tiktok-vanessa-pappas-bytedance.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the situation at the firm and how management… Read more »

The best back-to-school benefits companies are offering their employees

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Description: At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, companies quickly realized the old workplace benefits—on-site meals and dry-cleaning, anyone?—wouldn’t translate to remote work. Businesses raced to introduce benefits that their employees could take advantage of—and that would be most helpful— during the global crisis. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 10, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/2020/09/10/back-to-school-benefits-discounts-parents-caregivers/ Questions for discussion: What are… Read more »

Big Tech is turning on one another amid antitrust probes and litigation

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Description: “Battle royale” evokes images of professional wrestlers engaged in a free-for-all brawl in which combatants eventually turn on one another until there is an eventual winner. With apologies to Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, Big Tech is taking on the same trappings as companies turn on one another amid multiple antitrust investigations and… Read more »

How Etsy built a nearly $14 billion handmade empire

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Description: If it’s handmade or over 20 years old, there’s a good chance you can find it on Etsy, the go-to online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/how-etsy-built-a-handmade-empire.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How would you describe Etsy’s business model? Summarize the evolution of the firm’s… Read more »

Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

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Description: Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 05, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/05/technology/parents-time-off-backlash.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how employees reacted to these new policies? How should management deal with this reaction, in your… Read more »

4 Strategies to Build Business Resilience Before the Next Disruption

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Description: If the pandemic has taught business leaders anything, it’s this: The question isn’t if the next crisis will come, but when. Source: Gallup.com Date: Aug 05, 2020 Link: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/316325/strategies-build-business-resilience-next-disruption.aspx Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the current disruption taking place? What does the report recommend to management?

Op-ed: The hyperloop will revolutionize transportation in the post-coronavirus world

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Description: Even though hyperloop capsules can reach speeds of 760 miles per hour, on a practical level, this transportation sector appears to be stalled. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 02, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/02/hyperloop-will-revolutionize-transportation-in-post-coronavirus-world.html Questions for discussion: How would hyperloop disrupt the transportation industry of today? What are the advantages to the consumer and… Read more »

Howard Levitt: Why employees can’t refuse to return to work because they fear an unsafe workplace

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Description: An employee cannot refuse to return to work because they lack confidence in the employer’s measures or believe that leaving their home or taking public transit is unsafe. Nor can they necessarily refuse to return to work because they are older or believe they bear a special risk because of their or their family’s… Read more »

These restaurant chains are unveiling new designs inspired by the pandemic

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Description: The coronavirus pandemic is spurring on a growing number of restaurant chains to build restaurants with new bells and whistles focused on convenience and safety. Source: CNBC.com Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/restaurant-chains-are-unveiling-new-designs-inspired-by-the-pandemic.html Questions for discussion: How have these restaurant chains responded to the coronavirus pandemic? Do you think these are good decisions? What else would… Read more »

Crisis Management: Walmart+ ‘not aggressive enough’ to take on Amazon

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 Description: Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and strategy expert Mark Satov discuss Walmart’s new membership service and how it will stack up against Amazon Prime. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/crisis-management-walmart-not-aggressive-194154877.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Walmart’s effort to launch a competing plan against Amazon Prime?… Read more »