Description: On Valentine’s Day, Nick Bergus came across a link to an odd product on Amazon.com: a 55-gallon barrel of … personal lubricant. Source: NYTimes.com Date: May 31, 2012 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/technology/so-much-for-sharing-his-like.html?_r=1&hp Questions for Discussions: Explain how “sponsored stories” work. Why are they more effective than regular advertisements? Do you think this strategy is unethical in… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Conflict
Description: Commentary: Discounts are back in style Source: Marketwatch.com Date: May 30, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jc-penney-buckles-under-pressure-2012-05-30?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: Why did this pricing strategy fail to please customers? What does this report say about the transferability of managers from one business to another? How are Apple and JC Penny different and the same?
Description: China has been investing heavily in European debt and opening its markets to retailers in order to diversify its risk. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 24, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/05/24/n-china-europe-worries.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: Why is Hugo Boss opening more stores in China? Does this strategy make good sense to you? What does this… Read more »
Description: ClearFit founder Ben Baldwin always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur, although he wasn’t always sure that this attitude was a good thing. “I’ve never really fit into the way other people think/act and I have a real problem with authority,” Baldwin said in interview. “I kinda thought that I was screwed professionally,… Read more »
Description: Companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft once stood in the shadow of much larger and more powerful Japanese electronics giants. Those days are long gone — and, lately, it looks like they may never come back. Source: Fortune.com Date: May 25, 2012 Link: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/25/japan-inc/?iid=SF_F_River Questions for Discussions: Summarize the strategic arguments presented by the… Read more »
Description: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is the power behind the company’s explosive growth and ad business. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 18, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/05/17/t-ts-sandberg-facebook.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussions: Who is Sheryl Sandberg? Do you think the “character” of Facebook reflects a female view to communications? Do you think she has the momentum to… Read more »
Description: On a Friday morning not long ago, Mark Zuckerberg gathered his troops for a much-anticipated all-hands meeting at Facebook’s brand-new headquarters. It was billed as a not-to-be-missed event. Employees who were traveling were encouraged to return to the mother ship, and those in New York, Dublin, Hyderabad, and other satellite offices were told to… Read more »
Description: Bank’s loss is embarrassment for CEO, fodder for regulators Source: Marketwatch.com Date: May 11, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jp-morgan-shares-slump-after-2b-trading-loss-2012-05-11?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: Summarize the reasons for the loss. What do you believe this event will mean for the company, management, and regulators?