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Description: Pharmacy is a roughly $400 billion business in the United States, yet only recently have entrepreneurs begun tackling the market. In 2013, two young founders launched PillPack, a retail pharmacy startup that was acquired by Amazon last year for around $750 million. Other newcomers followed, including New York City’s Capsule, which grabbed $270 million in funding to do same-day prescription delivery refilled via text.

Source: Forbes.com

Date: Nov 01, 2019

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyfeldman/2019/11/01/next-billion-dollar-startups-truepills-dose-of-digital-disruption-to-the-400-billion-pharmacy-industry/#3eee894155c7

Questions for discussion:

  • How is this industry being disrupted?
  • How can traditional retailers strategically respond?

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Description: His methods have a lot to teach a troubled industry

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Oct 31, 2019

Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2019/10/31/peugeots-boss-carlos-tavares-plans-a-merger-with-fiat-chrysler?cid1=cust/dailypicks1/n/bl/n/20191030n/owned/n/n/dailypicks1/n/n/NA/334726/n

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article say about the theories related to huge mergers of firms and the managers who attempt to organize them?
  • What are the lessons all managers can take away from this article?

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Description: Most full-time workers spend about 40 hours each week on the job, accounting for roughly 35 percent of their waking moments. That’s a huge emotional, physical and mental commitment. Accordingly, greater numbers of employees are seeking jobs at places where they can feel at home and forge real relationships. As a leader, you should keep this at the forefront of your mind.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 30, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/341573?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • What is meant by “engaged”?
  • How should engagement be encouraged, according to the article?
  • How else can engagement be encouraged?

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Description: In 2017, two of the world’s biggest tech titans pitched ambitious urban developments in two of North America’s biggest cities. Today, only one of them is still in the running.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Nov 01, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/11/01/alphabet-sidewalk-labs-toronto-amazon-new-york/

Questions for discussion:

  • What happened in these two situations, from a negotiations point of view?
  • What is the message to management of firms and governments involved in these large scale competitive decisions?

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Description: (Reuters) – Facebook Inc <FB.O> was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 31, 2019

Link: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-sued-age-gender-bias-183907492.html?guccounter=1

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for the lawsuit?
  • Is this discrimination, in your opinion?
  • How is this complaint a problem for the way FB and other social media firms sell targeted advertising?
  • How might the industry resolve this issue?

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Description: On a visit to New York in October Marc Benioff, boss of Salesforce, compared Facebook to cigarettes and backed a corporate tax hike to deal with homelessness in San Francisco. If badmouthing a fellow technology giant and cheering the taxman were not heterodox enough for a billionaire entrepreneur, Mr Benioff laid into American management education. It “programmes” students to favour profit over the public good. This, he noted, is out of step with “the new capitalism”.

Source: TheEconomist.com

Date: Nov 02, 2019

Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2019/11/02/american-business-schools-are-reinventing-the-mba

Questions for discussion:

  • How are MBA programs and students changing, according to the article?
  • Do you think these changes are beneficial and contribute to better business performance?

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Description: Kevin Plank built Under Armour from scratch in his grandmother’s basement in Washington, D.C. In its first full year in business, in 1996, Under Armour did $17,000 in sales. Last year, it did $5.2 billion.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 24, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/22/under-armour-ceo-kevin-plank-steps-down-as-ceo-how-he-got-here.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what you learned from this report about the entrepreneurial thinking and managerial style of Kevin Plank.

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Description: There’s no qualifying checklist for a marketer to become a CMO, but most will tell you that the pathway to the helm of a marketing department involves a mix of expertise, diversity of experience and a willingness to learn.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Oct 24, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/cmos-on-their-paths-to-becoming-chief-marketing-officers?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Is there a commonality amongst the CMOs?
  • What do you think of the information they have provided about themselves, as a means to better understanding who makes it to the top in management?

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Description: For e-commerce as a whole, business is booming. According to estimates from Statista, the number of worldwide digital buyers is expected to reach 2.14 billion by 2021, with global e-commerce sales exceeding $4.5 trillion. While this paints a positive picture overall, many e-commerce sites struggle to see success for themselves. Though there are many factors that can hurt an e-commerce store’s profitability, one of the most common issues is entering a crowded and competitive niche.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 24, 2019

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/340996?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the advice presented to managers.
  • Do you agree with this line of thinking?
  • What would you add to the discussion?

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Description: General Motors is betting its future on an army of engineers who can build cars by code, leaving little room for the assembly line workers

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Oct 24, 2019

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/feature/two-women-joined-gm-more-than-a-decade-ago-their-futures-couldnt-be-more-different

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the affect technology is having on employment at GM?
  • How is management handling the transition?