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Description: The so-called metaverse has a “big time” investment case, according to Puerto Rican billionaire businessman Orlando Bravo.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 15, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/15/orlando-bravo-metaverse-is-investable-and-its-going-to-be-very-big.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the metaverse concept?
  • What are some design applications?
  • How should investors regard this emerging field?

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Description: Elon Musk sold Tesla Inc. stock for a seventh consecutive trading day, bringing him almost halfway to his promise to unload 10 per cent of his stake in the electric car-maker.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/musk-nears-tesla-sale-halfway-point-with-us-8-8b-disposed-1.1682576

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the story behind Musk’s decision to sell off 10% of his stock?
  • How has this decision affected the stock and the public image of the company, in your opinion?
  • Do you you think this event is a “good thing” from a PR point of view for the firm?

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Description: Over the past two decades, the time that managers and employees spend in collaborative activities has skyrocketed by 50 percent or more. But don’t mistake this increase in collaboration for healthy collaboration–that’s a far call from the reality.

​Source: INC.com

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/rebecca-hinds/the-reason-your-organization-is-underperforming-a-lack-of-clarity.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the key recommendations presented in this article?
  • Why do you suppose there is a recommended shift to “efficiency” metrics?
  • Why is visibility so critical?

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Description: Summary.   The coming year of inventing our way toward whatever our workplaces will look like offers a marvelous opportunity to refresh and reinvent cross-functional relationships. Working to rebuild these bonds is especially important because most people won’t be returning to…

Source: HBR.org

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Link: https://hbr.org/2021/11/rebuilding-relationships-across-teams-in-a-hybrid-workplace

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say to managers?
  • Do you agree with this approach?
  • What else would you suggest?

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Description: Quick service and fast-food restaurants are facing several headwinds when it comes to solving their labor problems. The pressures have been mounting throughout the year. Seventy-eight percent of restaurant operators said that recruiting and retaining employees was their top challenge in a National Restaurant Association survey in July — in January, only 8% said that was their top challenge.

​Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 11, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/11/how-mcdonalds-and-wendys-are-dealing-with-fast-food-labor-shortages.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How are these businesses dealing with labor shortages?
  • How else can they deal with the problem?

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Description: MONTREAL — The head of engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has suddenly cancelled a speech to Montreal’s business community because his French-language skills need some work.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Nov 12, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/snc-lavalin-ceo-cancels-montreal-speech-working-on-french-1.1680841

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial issues related to this social issue?
  • Should firms based inside Quebec treat this issue differently than those outside Quebec?
  • What would you advise SNC-Lavalin do in this case?

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Description: Rivian Automotive will make its market debut Wednesday, in what’s expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of the year.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/10/amazon-backed-ev-start-up-rivian-set-to-go-public-.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What advantage does the company have by way of its relationship with Amazon and Ford?
  • How should marketers at the firm deal with the connection to Amazon and Ford?
  • What are the investment risks associated with the stock at this time?

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Description: Richard Kerris, NVIDIA Vice President of Omniverse Platform discusses NVIDIA’s plans for the Omniverse and how it will be used.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/nvidia-vice-president-explains-omniverse-223559990.html?contentType=VIDEO

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the business interests in these virtual technologies and platforms?
  • How do you envision future business activities making use of these environments?
  • What are the investment opportunities?

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Description: A group of Starbucks workers affirm that for almost three months they have been the victims of intimidation and threats by Starbucks, in order to make them give up their attempt to create a union.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 05, 2021

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/395755

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the employment and HR  issues facing Starbucks?
  • How would you suggest the company handle this effort at unionization?
  • What are the PR issues the company needs to be wary of?

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Description: Ellie Doty is the latest major marketer to leave RBI following the departure of global CMO Fernando Machado (who took the top job after years at Burger King) and global chief brand officer Paloma Azulay, who was promoted after Machado’s exit. Doty joined Burger King in June 2020 as the chain’s first North American CMO after stints at Chili’s and KFC

Source: MarketingDive.com

Date: Nov 05, 2021

Link: https://www.marketingdive.com/news/burger-kings-ellie-doty-is-latest-marketer-to-leave-brand/609550/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202021-11-05%20Marketing%20Dive%20Newsletter&utm_content=A&utm_term=Marketing%20Dive

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the situation say about the leadership and direction of management at the firm?
  • Using a SWOT analysis as your basis, what direction would you point the company?