Nokia’s uphill battle with smartphones

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Description: The ailing mobile giant needs to convince consumers that its new smartphones are the best if they want to reverse their market share losses. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/09/05/nokias-uphill-battle-with-smartphones.fortune/ Questions for Discussions: What are the strategic problems facing management at Nokia? What are the advantages of a partnership… Read more »

Display Ads’ Dubious In-View Performance

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Description: Inventory bought via networks, exchanges most at risk Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 07, 2012 Link: http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1009330&ecid=a6506033675d47f881651943c21c5ed4#G1BzRdmR79khpm81.99 Questions for Discussions: What is the concern over display online advertising? Is there a way to deal with the measurement of display? What are the implications for those involved?

Facebook Shares Hit New Lows

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Description: Facebook shares fell 5% to new lows Friday as two analysts from firms that underwrote its initial public offering cut their price targets on the shares, Paul Vigna reports on the News Hub. Photo: AP. Source: Moneywatch.com – video report Date: Aug 31, 2012 Link: http://on.wsj.com/R3hzXy Questions for Discussions: Summarize the explanation in this… Read more »

Death to PowerPoint!

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Description: No matter what your line of work, it’s only getting harder to avoid death by PowerPoint. Since Microsoft (MSFT) launched the slide show program 22 years ago, it’s been installed on no fewer than 1 billion computers; an estimated 350 PowerPoint presentations are given each second across the globe; the software’s users continue to… Read more »

Tony Hayward Gets His Life Back

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Description:  IF there’s a public villain of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill — one person who, rightly or not, will be remembered for the deadly blowout, the black slick and all that followed — it’s probably Tony Hayward. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 01, 2012 Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/business/tony-hayward-former-bp-chief-returns-to-oil.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: What does this report have… Read more »

Job Hopping Is the ‘New Normal’ for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare

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Description:  The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that. Source: Forbes.com Date: Aug 14, 2012 Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/08/14/job-hopping-is-the-new-normal-for-millennials-three-ways-to-prevent-a-human-resource-nightmare/ Questions for Discussions: Summarize the… Read more »

Obama’s small biz solar star fades

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Description: A small solar business, once the leading light of President Obama’s green jobs program, is now caught in an international trade dispute. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Aug 24, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/08/23/n-obama-solar-star-not-shining.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: Summarize the history of this start-up business. What are the lessons to be learned about the globalization of… Read more »

How AT&T gets new ideas to your phone

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Description: AT&T created a unique innovation pipeline for its 250,000 employees to streamline their ideas towards production Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Aug 23, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/magazines/fortune/2012/08/23/f-l-att-idea-pipeline.fortune/ Questions for Discussions: Describe the innovation process at AT&T. What lessons are there to be learned by managers when designing innovation processes and product development?

Apple Patent Victory Seen Spurring Wider Range of Smartphones

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Description: Apple Inc. (AAPL) scored a clear victory in its patent dispute with Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) yesterday, increasing pressure on smartphone makers around the world to create handsets that stand apart from the iPhone and deliver more choices for consumers in a $219.1 billion market. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 25, 2012 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-25/apple-patent-victory-seen-spurring-wider-range-of-smartphones.html Questions… Read more »

Weak Sales and a Large Write-Down Give H.P. a Loss

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Description:  The pressure is building for Meg Whitman to make a miracle happen. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 22, 2012 Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/technology/weak-sales-hurt-hp-in-quarter.html Questions for Discussions: Summarize the financial condition at HP and the industry in general. What can management do to affect change in a positive direction? Is this a leadership issue?