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Description: Major League Baseball deal-making came to a screeching halt at midnight on Thursday when the league’s collective bargaining agreement expired, causing a lockout. But that didn’t stop a record-setting amount of cash that was doled out in the free agency market in the days before.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Dec 06, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/06/baseballs-record-setting-free-agency-spending-spree-in-charts.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial implications of this report?
  • How do you think it will influence the business of sports, in general?

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Description: As the debate rages over the extent of a so-called “Great Resignation,” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll finds the majority of Canadians like their current job and are not planning to change them any time soon.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Dec 07, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/survey-shows-most-canadians-don-t-plan-on-changing-jobs-in-near-future-1.1690413

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial implications for this decision?
  • How should HR managers deal with this report, in you opinion?

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Description: Anna Wintour is the embodiment of the glory days of the magazine dynasty. Now she is pitching its global, digital future.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Dec 04, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/04/business/media/conde-nast-anna-wintour.html?

Questions for discussion:

  • What has happened to this business in recent years?
  • How has the company responded?
  • What would you advise the firm do today?
  • What does the report say about the management ranks?

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Description: Inflation in the U.S. is creating financial hardships for nearly half of Americans. What is driving up the cost of goods and services right now — and how much is it related to supply and demand? Dr. Jonathan Rothwell, Gallup’s principal economist, joins the podcast to untangle these questions and more.

Source: Gallup.org – podcast

Date: Dec 03, 2021

Link: https://news.gallup.com/podcast/357815/economics-politics-inflation.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the explanation for how inflation is created?
  • What does all of this mean for consumers, businesses, and investors?

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Description: n their book The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, Revised and Updated Edition: 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy, Wharton management professors Harbir Singh and Michael Useem draw on one-on-one interviews and their own research to take readers into the offices — and mindsets — of some of today’s foremost strategic leaders. In the following excerpt adapted from the book, Singh and Useem explore key steps in the development of the iPhone’s virtual keyboard to show how a “layered leadership” approach has contributed to Apple’s success.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Nov 23, 2021

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/layered-leadership-apples-rise-top/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in the article/discussion about leadership.
  • What are the key ideas managers should take away?

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Description: Walt Disney Co. has announced that Susan E. Arnold will succeed Robert Iger as chairman of the board, the first time a woman has held the position at the company, effective December 31st.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Dec 02, 2021

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1060835197/move-over-mickey-minnies-in-the-big-chair-at-disney-now

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of this announcement, in your opinion?
  • Do you think Disney production reflects its management thinking or the reverse?

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Description: Tesla is among the hundreds of auto industry players asking the U.S. Trade Representative for extended tariff waivers on parts and materials imported from China used to make or repair cars.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Dec 02, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/02/tesla-seeks-tariff-exemption-for-graphite-from-china-for-batteries.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How have tariffs affected Tesla operations and marketing?
  • What are the pros and cons for maintaining these tariffs? In other words, who benefits and who loses?
  • Do you think they should be maintained?
  • What does this story say about international business and the supply chain?

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Description: The link between labour shortages and stagnant or uneven wages being paid by some businesses is “apparent” to Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton. And he says that point was made clearer to him this week when new details came to light about frontline staff compensation at Tim Hortons.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com

Date: Dec 03, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/you-need-to-pay-them-well-ontario-labour-minister-on-tim-hortons-hiring-crisis-1.1690838

Questions for discussion:

  • How has corporate management responded to the criticism of wages paid by independently owned restaurants?
  • Should corporate do more to encourage owners to pay higher wages?
  • What are the ramifications for this decision?

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Description: Lifestyle and fashion magazine ELLE announced Thursday it is banning fur from all pages of its publications in a move to support animal welfare and reflect changing tastes.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Dec 02, 2021

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1061053897/elle-magazine-ban-fur-from-publications

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the implications of this decision and the publicity from it on the various industries and companies connected to the fur business?
  • Would you expect this decision to impact consumer behavior in related businesses, such as animal based food consumption?
  • How should businesses and investors deal with this trend?

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Description: (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal, who just took the reins from Jack Dorsey this week, is already shaking up the management ranks.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com/Bloomberg.com

Date: Dec 03, 2021

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/twitter-shuffles-executive-team-following-202309898.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the shake up at Twitter.
  • What direction would you expect management to take at this time?
  • What advice would you send to management?