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Description: Brownsville has its troubles, but it’s also starting to draw attention for its thriving collection of distinctive taquerias.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 25, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/dining/tacos-brownsville-texas.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Brownsville responded to the economic challenges it is facing?
  • What else could this community capitalize on because of its location, culture and history?

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Description: In 2018 a new word entered Silicon Valley’s lexicon: the “techlash”, or the risk of a consumer and regulatory revolt against big tech. Today that threat seems empty. Even as regulators discuss new rules and activists fret about the right to privacy, the shares of the five biggest American tech firms have been on a jaw-dropping bull run over the past 12 months, rising by 52%.

Source: Economist.com

Date: Feb 22, 2020

Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/02/20/how-to-make-sense-of-the-latest-tech-surge

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say should be a concern to consumers, management and investors in technology firms?
  • Do you believe this concern is warranted?
  • How do you see this industry evolving over the next decade?

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Description: Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Feb 21, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/807133509/enjoy-the-extra-day-off-more-bosses-give-4-day-workweek-a-try

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the results of a shorter workweek?
  • What are the issues related to this for operations and HR decisions?

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Description: Investors applauded when former DuPont CEO Ed Breen abruptly reclaimed the job on Tuesday, with former CEO Marc Doyle dismissed immediately. But in a sense, Breen wasn’t the former CEO at all. He had been CEO of DowDuPont before it was split into three companies, and when DuPont became independent last spring, Breen took the role of the board’s executive chairman.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://fortune.com/2020/02/20/ceos-company-board-members/

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues related to this question?
  • What do you think the general answer should be?

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Description: A new study by Gallup and TrueSpace looks at the conditions post-startup companies need in order to make the transition from the treacherous “adolescent” phase of rapid but sporadic and unpredictable growth to a more stable developmental phase.

Source: Gallup.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/285650/information-business-leaders-need-bolster-growth.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points in the report.
  • How should managers use this information?

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Description: Women are still disproportionately under-represented in the boardrooms of Canadian businesses but more companies are moving toward greater gender parity, says one of the few female CEOs overseeing a company today.

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-ceo-one-of-few-women-leading-tsx-listed-companies-1.5467911

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the representation of women in Canadian corporate boardrooms today?
  • What might explain this phenomenon?
  • Why does this matter?

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Description: Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks about Roku’s business model, streaming technology and it’s relationship with content providers like Disney.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 15, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/14/watch-cnbcs-full-interview-with-roku-ceo-anthony-wood.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made by Anthony Wood favouring the growth of streaming and Roku in particular.
  • How is Roku complementing Disney?
  • Would you prefer to be an investor in Roku or Disney?

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Description: Updated favorites are sweet nostalgia for parents—and they just might separate today’s teens from their smartphones.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 21, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-21/board-games-from-the-80s-are-rebooted-for-generation-x?srnd=premium

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this strategy of rejuvenating older board games and hobbies will succeed?
  • What favors trying?
  • How is Kickstarter helping this industry?

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Description: Google’s head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will step down later this year amid rising tensions between the company’s top executives and rank and file employees.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Feb 10, 2020

Link: https://fortune.com/2020/02/10/google-hr-exec-to-step-down/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the issues facing HR and management overall at the firm.
  • What do these events suggest to you is happening?
  • What advice would you suggest to management?

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Description: Last month’s total is 27% higher than the previous monthly record of 172 in October of 2019. January’s record comes after 2019 marked the biggest year ever for CEO exits, totaling more than 1,600. The firm noted that CEO departures have been steadily trending upward since August 2018.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 12, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/12/rapid-ceo-turnover-continues-with-a-record-number-of-top-executives-departing-in-january.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What might explain the rate of CEO departures and external hiring of their replacements?
  • Do you think the lack of internal hiring will harm morale?