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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, vice president of content studio Paul Verna and vice president of forecasting Monica Peart talk about the peaking of US TV ad spending. Why has it stopped growing, how does cord-cutting contribute, and what makes video streaming services attractive? They then discuss the performance of Disney+ in its first week and Facebook’s new peer-to-peer service Facebook Pay.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Nov 19, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-tv-ad-spending-will-never-be-the-same?ecid=NL1009

Questions for discussion:

  • How has tv ad spending changed?
  • Why will it never be the same, according to the report?
  • What should players in this industry do, as a result of these changes?
  • How should investors respond?

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Description: If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset – Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail. With that, many first heard of her when she co-authored the massive book, Groundswell and followed it up with Open Leadership. Charlene founded Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group. Let’s discuss disruption. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Nov 24, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/charlene-li-on-the-disruption-mindset-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Charlene Li have to say about disruption and how managers need to think about change?
  • What are your thoughts on her ideas and the subject of disruption?

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Description: Dan Lewis, CEO of trucking logistics start-up Convoy, spent many years at Amazon before founding his own company. Among the biggest projects he worked on as Amazon’s general manager of new shopping experiences was helping to build an online ratings and reviews model. It was a big problem from the online retail giant in its early days.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 19, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/17/former-amazon-customer-review-tech-leaders-5-star-success-lesson.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the guiding philosophy behind Convoy?
  • How is the business model disrupting the operations of the trucking industry?
  • How important is productivity in this industry?
  • Do you think investors will be well rewarded or are there simply too many small trucking firms to make Convoy a long-term success?

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Description: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says in 2019, she’s been hearing more about creators feeling the need to constantly produce content, resulting in burnout. So much so, that she asked her product teams to pull some data.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 22, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/21/youtube-ceo-anne-wojicki-to-video-creators-take-some-time-off.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think about how the burn-out problem was handled by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki?
  • What would you advise the content creators and YouTube to help mitigate problems in the future?

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Description: Disrupting the management priesthood

Source: TheEconomist.com

Date: Nov 23, 2019

Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2019/11/21/rethinking-mckinsey?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2019/11/21n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/NA/346869/n

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the report says about McKinsey and the industry challenges taking place.
  • What do you think the firm will look like in the future?

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Description: Today, the Supreme Court is hearing one of the most important civil rights cases to come before it this term. Comcast, which is number 32 on the Fortune 500, is poised to take an unprecedented step. Because of a dispute with a black businessman, the company has urged the Supreme Court to roll back the crucial protections of one of the nation’s oldest civil rights laws.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Nov 13, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/11/13/supreme-court-comcast-byron-allen/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the main issues in this case.
  • What are your thoughts on the arguments presented.

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Description: Opinion: As Lowe’s goes about closing Rona stores, it does no good and benefits no one to raise the spectre of boycotts and other forms of reprisals

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 22, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ronas-tragedy-in-three-acts-from-quebecs-foreign-takeover-block-to-deal-with-lowes-to-store-closures

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Yvan Allaire have to say about events that led to the current situation.
  • Do you agree with his views?
  • Are there lessons for managers to learn here?

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Description: If you’ve ever eaten a hamburger at a fast-food restaurant, White Castle deserves at least some of the credit. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain is famous for its cheap, small burgers. It’s also widely regarded as the first fast-food hamburger chain in the United States.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 19, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/19/why-white-castle-is-losing-to-mcdonalds-and-burger-king.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the history of the firm.
  • How is the White Castle brand unique?
  • Why isn’t White Castle a fast-food giant?
  • Prepare a sketch of a future plan for White Castle?

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Description: A respiratory condition linked to vaping has caused more than 40 deaths and over 2,000 illnesses, according to United States health authorities.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 15, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/business/apple-vaping-apps.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What benefits accrue to Apple as a result of this decision?
  • Could management be mitigating the risk of future lawsuits by eliminating these apps today?

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Description: India’s T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood. Now it has to survive Netflix.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Nov 14, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-11-14/how-t-series-beat-pewdiepie-to-be-world-s-biggest-youtube-channel?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key management decisions related to the firm’s growth and development.
  • What lessons are there here for other content developers?