How China’s economy bounced back one year after first Covid warning: CNBC After Hours

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Description: How China’s economy bounced back one year after first Covid warning: CNBC After Hours Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 30, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/12/30/how-chinas-economy-bounced-back-one-year-after-first-covid-warning-coronavirus-wuhan.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. Which industries were hit worst of all by Covid-19? How do you think 2021 will play out around the world?

Tesla’s Musk claims ‘during dark days of Model 3’ he sought an Apple buyout

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Description: Elon Musk on Tuesday wasn’t about to let Apple Inc, suck up all the oxygen on Wall Street, on the back of reports that the iPhone maker was again considering rolling out an electric vehicle of its own by 2024. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Dec 22, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/teslas-musk-claims-during-dark-days-of-model-3-he-sought-an-apple-buyout-11608675875 Questions for discussion: Would a merger… Read more »

Tesla publishes its first ever diversity report revealing leadership is 83% male and 59% White

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Description: Elon Musk’s electric car and renewable energy company published its first ever diversity report late Friday. It said that Tesla has a “majority minority” U.S. workforce overall, but 83% of employees in leadership roles are men and 59% are White. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 04, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/04/tesla-publishes-its-first-diversity-report-here-are-the-key-numbers.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize the… Read more »

To Effectively Develop Others, Get Comfortable Handing Over the Mic

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Description: The key is to prepare subordinates for the spotlight and the decision makers for the debut Source: INC.com Date: Dec 08, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/scott-miller/to-effectively-develop-others-get-comfortable-handing-over-mic.html Questions for discussion: What advice is directed at managers wishing to develop subordinates in their organizations? Why do these ideas make sense?

Blunders Eroded U.S. Confidence in Early Vaccine Front-Runner

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Description: The Oxford-AstraZeneca effort held great promise to help arrest the pandemic. But a series of miscues caused it to fall behind in the U.S. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 08, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/business/covid-vaccine-oxford-astrazeneca.html Questions for discussion: How was the issue of transparency a factor in the story? Do you think either the firm or health… Read more »

Hudson’s Bay Co asks court to intervene against Ontario government’s lockdown order

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Description: Restrictions banning in-store shopping in Toronto and Peel called ‘unreasonable,’ ‘irrational’ and ‘arbitrary’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 10, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/hudsons-bay-co-asks-court-to-intervene-against-ontario-governments-lockdown-order Questions for discussion: What are the management issues related to taking this position? How might some employees respond? What would you advise retailers during this shopping season?

U.S., States Poised to Sue Facebook for Monopoly Abuse

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Description: Facebook Inc. will soon be hit by federal and state antitrust lawsuits accusing the social media giant of abusing its dominance and thwarting competition, according to three people familiar with the matter. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 07, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-07/u-s-states-poised-to-sue-facebook-for-monopoly-abuse?srnd=markets-vp Questions for discussion: What does the report say about why FB is a target of… Read more »

About 150 Cadillac dealers take GM buyouts rather than invest in EVs

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Description: DETROIT – About 150 General Motors dealers have accepted buyouts and will stop selling Cadillacs as the Detroit automaker pivots the luxury brand to lead its all-electric vehicle efforts, a person familiar with the details confirmed to CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/04/about-150-cadillac-dealers-take-gm-buyouts-rather-than-invest-in-evs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Explain why some dealerships… Read more »

Face It: Emojis Are Vital in Business

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Description: This year’s lasting legacy may be how the remote workforce made emojis an integral part of written language. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 30, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/burt-helm/emojis-at-work.html Questions for discussion: Why are these symbols better tools for communication in an online work environment? How might they be considered a potential problem to management?

Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill

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Description: Business groups and major companies like Apple have been pressing Congress to alter legislation cracking down on imports of goods made with forced labor from persecuted Muslim minorities in China. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 29, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/29/business/economy/nike-coca-cola-xinjiang-forced-labor-bill.html Questions for discussion: How would you characterize the approach by businesses and governments to dealing with… Read more »