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Description: Amazon warehouse workers have a long history of agitating for change. But the coronavirus crisis has generated new momentum for employees to speak candidly about workplace conditions.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 24, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/24/how-amazon-prevents-unions-by-surveilling-employee-activism.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the report describe the attitude of Amazon management toward organization efforts to unionize?
  • Do you think Amazon is behaving as expected towards unionization?
  • How do you think this development will play out?

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Description: Restaurant Brands said it would modernize drive-thrus at more than 10,000 Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes outlets in North America, beginning the rollout with the chicken sandwich chain this year.

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Oct 27, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/restaurant-brands-to-modernize-drive-thru-at-10000-tim-hortons-burger-king-and-popeyes-as-profit-slumps

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the plans to revitalize sales?
  • Do you think these will do the job?
  • What else would you advise?

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Description: Opinion | Kara Swisher Talks Big Tech Monopolies and the Google Antitrust Case with Lina Khan

Source: NYTimes.com – podcast

Date: Oct 30, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/opinion/sway-kara-swisher-lina-khan.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues relating to the tech monopolies?
  • How do you think the conflict between the parties will play out?
  • How will the results affect future competition and company valuations, in your opinion?

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Description: Amid congressional tongue-lashing, antitrust issues and pandemic, Big Tech earnings soar again

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Oct 29, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-amazon-facebook-and-google-all-produce-record-sales-amid-big-tech-backlash-11604020309?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what is happening at these tech firms and why?
  • What sort of future do you see for these firms over the next six months?
  • Explain your thinking and advice to management.

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Description: Growing a startup business can be challenging on many fronts, from raising capital to developing technology, but there is one thing that is even more important to its long-term success: hiring the right people.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 22, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/357851

Questions for discussion:

  • What does social intelligence mean to a firm, in your opinion?
  • How should HR use this concept?

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Description: Microsoft Corp., which in June announced a plan to double the number of Black managers and leaders at the company, released new annual diversity data today that show the company still struggling to meaningfully increase Black and Latino representation in its workforce.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 21, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-21/microsoft-shows-minimal-increases-in-ranks-of-black-latino-employees

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about diversity efforts at Microsoft?
  • How can the firm improve?

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Description: It takes a lot more than an impressive resume to land a job at Amazon.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 20, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/20/jeff-bezos-3-question-rule-for-hiring-new-amazon-employees.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think these questions and answers reveal about a candidate and the firm?
  • What other questions would you say are valuable questions to ask?
  • What sorts of answer would you consider exceptional?

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Description: Twentieth-century health care required patients to book an appointment — well in advance — and then meet their doctor in-person at the doctor’s office or hospital. The status quo worked well for physicians, who have many demands on their time. Patients generally received good care but, it now seems, probably not in the most efficient fashion.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct 22, 2020

Link: https://financialpost.com/opinion/opinion-covid-is-superspreading-efficient-and-convenient-health-care

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how health care funding drives the management of resources?
  • What are the lessons here?
  • What would you advise the industry do to improve efficiencies?

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Description: A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Ocy 20, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/technology/google-antitrust.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for the case against Google?
  • Do you think it merits legal action?
  • What are the business consequences for the firm and consumers if the action is successful?

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Description: The mighty Chipotle burrito — delivered straight to your house — continues to power the restaurant giant’s profits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 22, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/chipotle-burritos-not-bowls-are-all-the-rage-during-the-pandemic-cfo-172128826.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How well has Chipotle managed during the covid pandemic that has devastated many restaurants?
  • What marketing and management lessons should the firm carry forward with after the crisis passes?