Description: Three years after a spectacular financial collapse, Iceland is coming back, largely on the strength of its strong exports. Video and reporting by Charles Forelle from the island of Vestmannaeyjar. Source: Marketwatch.com – video report Date: May 18, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/fishing-industry-aids-iceland-recovery/E1ED2AC5-D98B-4760-844E-67F8BA64A136 Questions for Discussion: What does this report have to say about economic recovery… Read more »
Posts Tagged: International Business Issues
Description: When Warren Buffett announced that his company, Berkshire Hathaway, was buying 63 newspapers from Media General on May 17, he issued a soaring statement about his belief in a beaten-down industry. Source: Busineweek.com Date: May 17, 2012 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-17/why-warren-buffett-really-likes-newspapers Questions for Discussions: Do you think this is a wise investment? Did he get a… 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: Disney CEO Bob Iger says a growing number of silver screens across the globe is helping drive the success of ‘The Avengers.’ Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 09, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/05/09/n-co-avengers-iger.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: What are the reasons for the success of this film and the company as a whole? How are… Read more »
Description: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, is such a cliché that it has spawned its own cliché: If it ain’t broke, break it. Unfortunately, that’s just what many companies do unwittingly to their branding programs, playing into the hands of public enemy No. 1 in today’s marketing environment: fragmentation. Source: Busineweek.com Date:… 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?
Description: For anyone arguing recently that electric cars don’t stand a chance in the U.S. mass market, I would have offered one end-all example: the battery-powered Ford Focus at $40,000. Source: Marketwatch.com Date: May 11, 2012 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/toyota-rav4-ev-will-anyone-buy-it-2012-05-11 Questions for Discussions: Who do you think is the likely customer for this product? Is there a… Read more »
Description: Delta Air Lines tries to take out the middle man by purchasing a Pennsylvania oil refinery, but it could prove to be a risky investment. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 01, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/05/01/n-delta-oil-refinery.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: Why did Delta management do this? What are the risks? Do you think it was… Read more »
Description: Steven Rattner, former ‘auto czar’ for the Treasury Dept., says the government should hold its GM stake until the stock rises further. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: May 02, 2012 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2012/05/01/mkts-rattner-gm-government.cnnmoney/ Questions for Discussion: What is the basis for this evaluation of GM? Do you agree with this assessment? How will a… Read more »
Description: Is Groupon (GRPN) too good of a deal to be true? Source: Busineweek.com Date: May 01, 2012 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-01/groupon-the-deal-that-keeps-getting-cheaper Questions for Discussions: Summarize the views expressed in this report. Why has the stock value fallen? What new strategies would you recommend to managers?