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Description: A new Brookings Institution report shows that while the tech sector is lifting the economy as a whole, most of that benefit is concentrated in just a few places, and that disparity is getting worse instead of better. Despite frequent reports that suggest the fall of the traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley and the rise of places like Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, the numbers show it isn’t happening, not really.

Source: INC.com

Date: Mar 6, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/tech-jobs-san-francisco-seattle-los-angeles-brooking-institute-report.html?icid=hmsub2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report suggest is happening to technology centers around the country and the reasons why?
  • Do you agree with the suggested solution?
  • How should managers of technology firms deal with this information?

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Description: In-person events are a cornerstone touchpoint for many B2B companies, but as the outbreak of the newest strain of the coronavirus progresses worldwide, major business events have been canceled or postponed. This will come at great cost to marketing budgets and can have a lasting impact on revenues and sales.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Mar 6, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/coronavirus-event-cancellation-b2b-marketers?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • How are managers dealing with the cancellations of face-to-face meetings due to Coronavirus fears?
  • How can managers improve communications and interactions without these meetings?

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Description: In a 2013 TED talk, the billionaire entrepreneur revealed his “secret sauce” to achieving extraordinary things: “First principles” thinking, a decision-making strategy in which you “boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there, as opposed to reasoning by analogy.”

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 29, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/28/billionaire-elon-musk-this-is-a-powerful-way-of-thinking-but-hard-to-do-how-it-works.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the article says about Elon Musk’s thinking and approach to problems.
  • What do you think about this orientation, from a managerial point of view?

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Description: Women took home an average pre-tax salary of $51,352 in 2019 compared with $67,704 for men, survey shows

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Mar 6, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/news/fp-street/canadian-women-make-nearly-a-quarter-less-than-men-as-gender-bias-persists

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the gap and the possible reasons?
  • Why do you think the gap exists?
  • Do you believe there is a general bias against women in the workplace that is illustrated by these numbers?

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Description: For Zev Bernard, who sells baseball and softball equipment on Amazon, February tends to be one of the busiest times of the year, with athletes, coaches and fans gearing up for the new season. Opening day for Major League Baseball is in late March.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 29, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/29/amazon-sellers-scramble-to-keep-products-in-stock-amid-coronavirus.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How are supply chains affected and what impact is this having on business operations and profitability?
  • What can managers do about the problem?
  • Should supply chains be re-evaluated, as a result of recent experiences?
  • Do you think any will be changed?
  • Which businesses would benefit and which would be harmed if dramatic changes were made going forward?

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Description: As technology companies continue to look for areas of growth, Africa is emerging as an area of opportunity. And Big Tech has taken notice. Companies such as Twitter, Google and Microsoft are all attempting to establish a presence in fast-growing African economies. Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey, who also runs mobile payment company Square, announced

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Mar 6, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/03/06/why-companies-like-microsoft-and-google-are-betting-big-on-africa.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about economic development in Africa and the role played by foreign investment?
  • Why is infrastructure development so critical to that development?

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Description: Why does every damn place—even old-school corporate offices—have to be fun and full of foosball?

Source: Wired.com

Date: Feb 24, 2020

Link: https://www.wired.com/story/how-silicon-valley-ruined-work-culture/

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the work environments and the problems they are associated with, according to the article.
  • Why have work environments become so different from what they once were?
  • How would you describe an ideal work environment for yourself? Explain your reasons.

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Description: He will be replaced by Bob Chapek, who was most recently chairman of Disney’s parks business.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 25, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/business/media/bob-iger-disney-ceo.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the challenges facing the incoming new CEO?
  • Do you think his background has prepared him well for the future facing the firm?
  • What strategic thinking ideas would expect to see introduced in the near future, given the intense competitive environment in this industry?

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Description: Movements that once seemed futile have produced big results over time thanks to “behavioral contagion,” a.k.a. peer pressure.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 25, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-26/employee-activism-works-even-when-it-doesn-t?srnd=premium

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about employee influence and corporate decisions?
  • What does all of this suggest to management?

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Description: Fatally, the plane maker failed to foresee the reaction of the global aerospace duopoly

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Feb 26, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/financial-times/why-it-was-inevitable-that-bombardiers-shot-at-the-sky-brought-the-canadian-giant-down

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the competitive nature of this industry and managerial strategies by Bombardier over the years?
  • Was there an alternative strategy that could have succeeded?
  • Is there a parallel with the North American auto industry here?