Making sense of why executives are eager to get employees back in the office

Posted by & filed under Communication, Control, Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior.

Description: After two years, giddy executives appear on the brink of welcoming their workforces back to the office, whether their employees are ready or not. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 08, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/08/return-to-office-why-executives-are-eager-for-workers-to-come-back.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Why are executives eager to get employees back in the office? What are the issues related to this debate?… Read more »

Peloton Got Trapped in Its Trillion-Dollar Fantasy

Posted by & filed under Control, Decision Making, International Business, Leadership, Management, Strategy.

Description: Fueled by manic demand during the early days of Covid, the company spent the next two years chasing a dream of fitness dominance. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 10, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-03-10/peloton-stock-drop-puts-bike-brand-on-path-to-nowhere?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the strategic planning at the firm and why it fell apart? What do you… Read more »

Howard Levitt: The gig economy is here to stay and Ontario is ahead of the curve in recognizing it

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, Management, Organizational Behavior.

Description: The pandemic has highlighted how the nature of work is rapidly evolving away from traditional employment to a more flexible, freelance model Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 11, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/howard-levitt-the-gig-economy-is-here-to-stay-and-ontario-is-ahead-of-the-curve-in-recognizing-it Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the legal changes taking place and the nature of work? Do you think these proposals… Read more »

Tesla bull says approval of Berlin Gigafactory removes major overhang on the stock

Posted by & filed under Decision Making, International Business, Management, Strategy.

Description: A “major overhang” on Tesla’s stock has been removed after German authorities said the carmaker could start production at a new factory in Berlin, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 07, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/07/tesla-berlin-gigafactory-approval-removes-major-overhang-on-the-stock.html Questions for discussion: What is so significant about this announcement for the company production plans and the… Read more »

Car Industry Woes Show How Global Conflicts Will Reshape Trade

Posted by & filed under Control, Decision Making, International Business, Management, Strategy.

Description: The war in Ukraine has highlighted the risks of doing business with authoritarian countries — not just Russia, but also China. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 07, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/07/business/cars-russia-china-trade.html? Questions for discussion: What does the article say about supply chains, globalized manufactuering issues and the current crisis? What are the possible changes going forward,… Read more »

Can Workers Climb the Career Ladder From Outside the Office?

Posted by & filed under Communication, Control, Management, Organizational Behavior.

Description: Translating opportunities for networking, mentoring and advancement to the virtual world isn’t easy. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 03, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/03/business/dealbook/remote-work-careers.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the challenges facing businesses and their employees who work remotely? Why is the office an important contributor to employee develomment and career advancement?

How Fleeing Ukraine in 1990 Shaped This Entrepreneur Into the Leader She Is Today

Posted by & filed under Communication, Control, Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, Leadership, Management.

Description: Marco Polo co-founder and CEO Vlada Bortnik watches her home country under siege, both filled with fear and inspired by the strength of her people Source: INC.com Date: Mar 02, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/lindsay-blakely/ukraine-russia-vlada-bortnik-marco-polo.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how Vlada Bortnik’s experiences helped shape her entrepreneurial business attitude? How did… Read more »

Retail Theft Rises, and N.Y.C. Small Business Owners Are Paying the Price

Posted by & filed under Communication, Control, Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategy.

Description: In New York City, neighborhood stores are struggling to confront the crimes that have cascaded from the disruptions of the pandemic. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 28, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/nyregion/new-york-stores-robberies-theft.html? Questions for discussion: What can small business owners do to mitigate the problems described in the report? What are the managerial issues related to these… Read more »

Women’s participation in labour market rebounds but pay gaps remain

Posted by & filed under Communication, Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior.

Description: Women in Canada have more than regained the jobs they lost early in the pandemic, but they still face pay and career imbalances, especially in key child-rearing years, says a new report. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Mar 03, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/women-s-participation-in-labour-market-rebounds-but-pay-gaps-remain-1.1732070 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the participation of… Read more »

For Warren Buffett, Apple is his new Cola-Cola as the investing icon reaps $100 billion in six years

Posted by & filed under Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, International Business, Management, Strategy.

Description: Warren Buffett’s recent success from his massive Apple bet is spurring comparisons with the legend’s greatest investment of all time — Coca-Cola. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 03, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/03/for-warren-buffett-apple-is-his-new-cola-cola-as-the-investing-icon-reaps-100-billion-in-six-years.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What do you believe draws Warren Buffet to Apple? What are the commonalities between Apple and Coca Cola? What does this… Read more »