250,000 ask Apple to change its labor ways

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Description:  Petitions with over 250,000 signatures were delivered to Apple stores calling for reforms to working conditions in its suppliers’ factories. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: 02/09/2012 Link:   http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/02/09/t-ts-change-org-signatures.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Do you think Apple is being singled-out when the concerns likely apply to any company manufacturing in China? How should Apple’s management… Read more »

Auto Makers Target Indonesia for Expansion

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Description: Indonesia is being embraced as a major expansion market for car manufacturers, but will the country’s infrastructure bottlenecks hinder their progress? WSJ’s Deborah Kan discusses with Eric Bellman. Source:  Marketwatch.com – video report Date: 02/10/2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/auto-makers-target-indonesia-for-expansion/9A237207-68FA-4E09-B687 Questions for discussion: Describe the connection between corporate investing and government investing in infrastructure? What are the… Read more »

How Invite Media’s Founder is Making Sure Success “Wasn’t a Fluke”

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Description:  Nat Turner went through an acquisition most entrepreneurs only dream about. His advertising technology company Invite Media was acquired by Google in 2010 for $81 million, a mere three years after he launched it. Source:  Sprouter.com Date: 02/08/2012 Link:  http://sprouter.com/blog/how-invite-medias-founder-is-making-sure-success-wasnt-a-fluke/?utm_source=MadMimi&utm_medium=email&utm_content=8+February+2012+%2F%2F+Hottest+StartUps%2C+Events+%26+Resources+&utm_campaign=Sprouter+Weekly%3A+February+8%2C+2012&utm_term=btn-readon_png Questions for discussion: What does this article suggest are key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs?

An Idea for Fixing Education: Skip College, Work at a Startup

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Description:  Skip college, work at a startup. That’s the idea behind a new two-year program called Enstittue that started accepting applications Tuesday. Source:  Mashable.com Date: 02/02/2012 Link:  http://mashable.com/2012/02/07/enstitute/ Questions for discussion: What do you think of these arguments for learning on the job? For which careers is attending college a better choice for more efficient… Read more »

The Perfect Game (Almost)

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With the exception of just a few elite teams, it could be argued that the teams appearing in this year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament are roughly equivalent in terms of talent (a key component of work today). What separates the winners from the losers? It is the management of that talent and the performance… Read more »

Why Management Matters

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a summary report of discrimination claims in 2009. Claims increased in three key areas monitored by the Commission. This article is a good starter for introducing the importance of effective management in any organization. QUESTIONS: Unfortunately, some employers equate “disabled” with “unable.” Read the section on talent and discuss… Read more »

Deep Six Executive Bonuses

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Noted management guru Henry Mintzberg critiques the current system of bonuses for top-level managers. His contention is that bonuses do not accomplish what they exist to do – ensure sustained health of a company. Instead, Mintzberg argues that bonuses encourage CEOs to gamble away long-term performance for short-term gains that drive up compensation. His solution?… Read more »

Disney Tradition Revived

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Disney’s newest animated film release, “The Princess and the Frog,” is a return to its roots of hand-animated films. Despite the success of Pixar computer-generated films vis-à-vis recent Disney hand-animated versions, Pixar co-founder John Lasseter believes “Princess” will work. Lasseter believes box office success is due more to plot and characters than animation techniques. The… Read more »