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Description: In Shanghai’s southeastern district of Xujiahui, Colonel Sanders’s smiling visage looms over the restaurant entrance, as it does at thousands of KFC locations around the globe. But step inside, and it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary KFC.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 20, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-20/yum-china-is-building-the-kfc-of-the-future?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What is motivating the firm to use AI in stores?
  • What information does this new technology provide to management?

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Description: In this new series, I’ll be interviewing top CEOs about how they lead day-to-day. Andi Owen, who took over as CEO of furniture maker Herman Miller in August 2018, shared some candid insights about what she has learned in her new role, and why her comfort zone is a steep learning curve.

Source: LinkedIn.com

Date: Mar 18, 2019

Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/life-ceo-set-direction-communicate-often-inspiring-adam-bryant?trk=eml-email_feed_ecosystem_digest_01-recommended_articles-14-Unknown&midToken=AQH86xox7ZmKaQ&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=0oKN0FSaq6ZoE1

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key leadership strategies employed by Andi Owen?
  • How does the interview describe her thinking about management of the firm, employees and herself?

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Description: Companies have a hard time finding candidates with communication skills, a positive attitude and the ability to work on a team.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Mar 18, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/299944?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think these skills are commonly found amongst good performing employees?
  • How can HRM cultivate these skills while employees work?

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Description: In the latest episode of “Behind the Numbers,” eMarketer principal analyst Paul Verna helps us understand whether advertisers are overlooking engagement across devices as dollars move from TV to digital video.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Mar 19, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-does-less-tv-mean-less-brand-engagement?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points Paul Verna argues in this podcast?
  • Do you agree with his assessments?
  • What guidance should managers take-away from this session?

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Description:  One year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg says the company really cares. Then why is there an endless cycle of fury and apology?

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Mar 16, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2019-facebook-neverending-crisis/?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the problems generated by FB and how has management dealt with them?
  • How do you think the future will unfold for FB in terms of users’ behaviors and government imposed controls on content?
  • What is an ideal algorithm and company policy, in your opinion?

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Description: Ensuring that girls and women, in particular, understand the basics of personal finance and economics — not just to be ready for rainy days but also to plan for a successful financial life — is critical for at least two key reasons: American women often live longer than men and more frequently manage their household’s finances.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 11, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/13/want-a-stronger-economy-support-financially-literate-girls-and-women.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the arguments presented for increasing financial literacy, particularly for women?
  • Do you think this is a social issue?
  • What are the related issues for individuals, families, and society as a whole?

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Description: NotCo, a Chilean startup that makes plant-based food alternatives to mayo, milk, and ice cream just got millions in funding from Bezos Expeditions, the Amazon founder’s investment group.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Mar 08, 2019

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90316486/how-vegan-mayonnaise-convinced-jeff-bezos-to-make-his-first-investment-in-south-america?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=3&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=03082019

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the development of alternative plant-based foods?
  • Do you think this is a fad with limited potential growth globally or a new direction for the food industry?

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Description: It’s being called the largest private real-estate development in the history of the United States: Hudson Yards, a collection of shopping centers, restaurants, apartments and office buildings on Manhattan’s west side.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Mar 16, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-yorks-super-mall-hudson-yards-opens-this-weekend-and-here-are-the-reviews-so-far-2019-03-15?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this development concept controversial?
  • Who are the likely target customers?
  • Can this mall draw shoppers away from traditional shopping and tourist districts in NYC, in your opinion?

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Description: Will cross $200 million by 2020

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Mar 13, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-esports-ad-revenues-will-grow-25-in-2019?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in this area of entertainment?
  • Besides advertising, what else is driving revenue growth in this industry?

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Description:   Are you the co-worker that drives everyone else crazy?
It’s possible. A recent study, conducted by Olivet Nazarene University,asked 2,000 American workers if they’ve ever found themselves annoyed by another co-worker, and (yep, you guessed right) 100 percent of respondents said yes.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Mar 01, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/01/4-signs-youre-the-annoying-person-in-the-office-and-what-to-do-about-it.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the behaviors that annoy co-workers?
  • What are the potential consequences for team performance?
  • How should HRM deal with this research?