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Description: eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Sep 25, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-weekly-listen-airbnb-ipo-and-facebook-acquires-mind-reading-wristband-company?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the highlights in this podcast that would interest marketers and investors?
  • Do you see potential problems for any firms mentioned?

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Description: MONTREAL — A McGill University professor says tea lovers may be swallowing billions of tiny plastic particles along with their favourite brew.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/premium-tea-bags-leach-billions-of-microplastics-per-cup-study-1.1322338

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and legal issues related to companies selling this product?
  • What should management at companies that are using these tea bags do?

Posted by & filed under Control, Decision Making, Ethics & Social Responsibility, International Business, Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior.

Description: Economists once warned that office jobs in the United States would soon follow factory jobs in moving overseas. New research suggests that jobs may be moving to other parts of the country instead.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/business/economy/jobs-offshoring.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the results of the study?
  • Why are they surprising?
  • What are the take-aways for managers considering offshore operations?

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Description: The National Transportation Safety Board gave several safety recommendations after investigations into two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-officials-say-boeing-underestimated-pilots-ability-to-react-to-simultaneous-warning-alerts-2019-09-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key findings and recommendations.
  • Do you think Boeing management made reasonable assumptions about pilot behavior during an emergency?
  • What lessons should all mangers take away from this situation?

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Description: Wondering what to do next now that retirement looms? How about starting a business? Seriously.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-20/retirees-are-becoming-new-entrepreneurs?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are older people starting up new businesses?
  • What are the managerial issues related to working in a firm started by an older entrepreneur in comparison to a younger one?

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Description: Walmart (WMT) is exiting the e-cigarette category completely as a rash of mysterious deaths linked to vaping draws intense scrutiny.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-to-exit-e-cigarette-category-as-pressure-mounts-on-vaping-170930026.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the financial implications for Walmart’s decision?
  • Do you think management is trying to get ahead of a government decision it expects soon?

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Description: When it comes to Donald Trump’s China policy, there is, as journalist Thomas Friedman puts it, a “method to his madness” but also “madness to his method.” … So what would a more sane U.S. policy look like?

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 18, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/18/us-china-strategy-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the recommendations.
  • Do you think they make sense?
  • How likely are they to be adopted?

Posted by & filed under International Business, Management, Organizational Behavior.

Description: 48,000 United Auto Workers walked off the job Monday in first national strike in more than a decade

Source: FinancialPost – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/gm-halts-all-production-at-oshawa-plant-sending-another-800-workers-home-as-u-s-strike-continues?video_autoplay=true

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues in this strike?
  • How powerful is the union’s negotiating position? The company’s?
  • How do you think this dispute will be resolved?

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Description: Why would Ren give his company’s most valuable IP—source code, hardware design, production technology, testing methods, the whole ball of wax—to an American company, in effect creating a new competitor? Well, first of all, because he’s correctly come to the conclusion that U.S. concerns over the security of the Huawei ecosystem are not going away. Those concerns did not begin with Trump, and they will not end with him.

Source: Forbes.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/20/huawei-5g-intellectual-property-offer-ceo-daily/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the situation facing the firm and the global industry.
  • What do you think of the offer?
  • Do you think it could happen and if so, which American firm would fit best?

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Description: Several investors have been wary of incorporating environmental, social and governance standards into their strategies. However, two investors think increased attention to ESG will be the best way to improve returns.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Sep 19, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/19/theres-a-great-correlation-between-a-good-company-culture-and-profits-esg-investors-say.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • “Shareholders are important and will always be incredibly important, but their highest returns will come if a company is good in its management, if a company is sustainable and has good governance.” Do you agree with this sentiment?
  • Discuss the related arguments for and against.