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Description: Recent events have made clear the need to regulate crypto, an industry that grew from nothing to a $3 trillion market capitalization a year ago, although most of that has now evaporated. But it also seems likely that the industry couldn’t survive regulation.

Source: NYT.com

Date: Nov 17, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/17/opinion/crypto-banks-regulation-ftx.html?

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Paul Krugman say about cryptocurrency and the reasons for recent problems?
  • Do you agree with his analysis and commentary?
  • Can crypto be rejuvenated given recent publicity, in your opinion?

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Description: Walmart’s stock surged this week. Target’s shares plunged. The rival big-box players are both known for selling an array of products including food, clothing, home goods and kitchen appliances. Both their CEOs − Walmart’s Doug McMillon and Target’s Brian Cornell − stepped into their roles in 2014.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 17, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/17/walmart-and-targets-quarterly-results-lay-bare-retailers-differences.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How important is grocery shopping in explaining the variance between these retailers?
  • How can Target respond?
  • What does this all mean for investors looking ahead?

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Description: Kohl’s said Tuesday that CEO Michelle Gass is leaving the company for a new opportunity as its sales continue to fall.  In a separate release, Levi Strauss & Co. said Gass will join the company in early January as president and step into the role of CEO within the next 18 months. She will succeed the company’s CEO Chip Bergh.

​Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 08, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/08/kohls-ceo-michelle-gass-to-step-down.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the decline at Kohl’s can be attributed to the leadership of Gass?
  • Why do you suppose Levi Strauss would consider Gass a suitable leadership replacement at this time?

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Description: He’s smart and capable but this behavior is disruptive

Source: INC.com

Date: Nov 07, 2022

Link: https://www.inc.com/alison-green/my-employee-gets-stressed-out-snaps-at-me.html?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=IncThisMorning-Nov%2007,%202022&leadId=261346&mkt_tok=NjEwLUxFRS04NzIAAAGH9jODEqPBEk5jpl39RWE1uGLJ-rvIGNfBltKaiJKPBEUWK4KfRijoxF3IsudMoqDvHRTYpIWTor7FFHEOBs6nIwUDIu44myeLDT4nFg

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize your interpretation of the dysfunctional issues related to this employee.
  • What was the basic message to the manager for how best to handle the problem?
  • Do you agree with this analysis and advice?

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Description: Every September, Apple unveils its latest phones at its futuristic Silicon Valley campus. A few weeks later, tens of millions of its newest handsets, assembled by legions of seasonal workers hired by its suppliers, are shipped from Chinese factories to customers around the world.

​Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 07, 2022

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/07/business/apple-china-ymtc.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the issues facing Apple as it attempts to deal with changing geo-political conditions?
  • In which direction does the company seem to be moving as it tries to mitigate future risk?
  • What do you think this means for the future of the company?

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Description: Opinion: If we don’t act, we will miss our opportunity to lead the world in ensuring agriculture an engine of economic growth

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 07, 2022

Link: https://financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/green-farming-revolution-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the vision for future operations of the industry.
  • What do you think of the vision?
  • What will this mean in terms of management functions?

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Description: New York City has joined a handful of places, including Colorado, Washington State and Rhode Island, which require some form of salary transparency. In the case of New York City, companies are required to include a salary range when they post a job opening.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Nov 08, 2022

Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/11/05/1134193927/salary-transparency-range-new-york-pay-laws

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the pros and cons of salary transparency?
  • How do you think this affects employees attitude toward their work and fellow employees?
  • How do you think it affects recruitment and management?
  • Do you think this can affect profitability of firms?

 

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Description: Shares of Carvana were briefly halted Monday morning due to volatility, down by as much as 24% at one point to below $7 per share — its lowest point on record.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 07, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/07/carvana-stock-tanks-in-continued-sell-off.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the company’s rapid decline in stock value, from a marketing point of view?
  • What are the primary factors that determine demand and supply for this market?
  • What would you advise the firm do to deal with the situation?

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Description: In this episode of the Leading Diversity at Work podcast, Wharton’s Stephanie Creary and two guest experts tackle the thorny issue of microaggressions.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu – podcast

Date: Nov 01, 2022

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/navigating-microaggressions-at-work/?utm_campaign=KatW2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=kw_campaign_monitor&utm_term=11-2-2022&utm_content=Navigating_Microaggressions_at_Work

Questions for discussion:

  • How would you define the term – microaggression?
  • Do you view the issue as problematic in the same way as those in this conversation?
  • What are the remedies suggested for microaggressions?
  • What others suggestions would you add?

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Description: Despite growing economic uncertainty, employers are still waging a war for talent, and employees are coming out ahead. Now, more businesses are expanding their benefit offerings with free college programs to attract and retain workers.

​Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 03, 2022

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/03/fidelity-is-latest-employer-to-offer-free-college-education-to-workers.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think that this approach to recruitment is a good one for the firm?
  • What sort of employee takes advantage of this benefit?