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Description: CATANIA, Italy — The enormous glass building on the outskirts of this Sicilian city had been intended for making silicon wafers for flash memory chips. That plan got crushed by the global financial crisis.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Aug 17, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/business/energy-environment/europe-italy-solar-energy-china.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • How is solar technology a good example of a global industry?
  • Why is the scale of production so important for a firm?
  • Can smaller businesses succeed?

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Description: It’s no longer news that US consumers are ditching traditional TV in favor of over-the-top (OTT) video services like Netflix. But, according to our latest forecast, that rate is accelerating.

Source: eMarketer.com – audio report

Date: Aug 17, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/more-than-half-of-us-consumers-watch-subscription-ott-video-2018?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are consumers shifting away from traditional cable TV services in favor of OTT streaming?
  • Do you think traditional cable firms have responded to the challenges well enough so far?
  • What other strategies would you recommend to industry managers?

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Description: A quarter-century ago, there were 56 teenagers in the labor force for every “limited service” restaurant — that is, the kind where you order at the counter. Today, there are fewer than half as many, which is a reflection both of teenagers’ decreasing work force participation and of the explosive growth in restaurants.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/03/upshot/fast-food-jobs-teenagers-shortage.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in the labor force?
  • What are the managerial issues facing businesses that traditionally employ teens?
  • How can companies respond?

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Description: CNBC’s Kate Rogers speaks with Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer about the benefits of hiring young adults and her reaction to the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.

Starbucks COO on Philadelphia arrests and youth outreach from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/starbucks-coo-on-philadelphia-arrests-and-youth-outreach.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in this report.
  • Do you think Rosalind Brewer handled the intereview well in light of the recent event in Philadelphia?
  • Do you think the strategy taken by Starbucks to deal with the event fallout is the right one?

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Description: Getaway, a Brooklyn-based startup, offers the experience of a tiny home, but only for as many nights as you’re willing to pay for.

What it was like spending 24 hours alone in a tiny cabin in the woods from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/what-it-was-like-spending-24-hours-alone-in-a-tiny-cabin-in-the-woods.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Who is the target market for this sort of “away-from-it-all” activity?
  • Explain the appeal of the small space and simple facilities to customers?
  • How would you market this business?

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Description: American Apparel is returning to the physical realm. The iconic Los Angeles-based brand is preparing to open a flagship store in its home city later this year, its first foray back into brick-and-mortar shops after all its locations closed following a bankruptcy process.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-03/american-apparel-is-venturing-back-into-brick-and-mortar-stores

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the strategic thinking and reasons for opening a retail presence?
  • Do you think the brand can recover?
  • What else would you advise management?

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Description: Gibson, an iconic American guitar manufacturer, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has at least $100 million of debt, and perhaps as much as $500 million, according to paperwork filed in Delaware on Tuesday.

Source: CNNMoney.com

Date: May 01, 2018

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/01/news/companies/gibson-guitars-bankruptcy/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is Gibson’s financial situation?
  • How can it restructure financially in order to emerge and rebuid its business?
  • Why do you think the company failed?
  • What would you advise management do with its brand?

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Description: Aurora, a startup developing software for self-driving cars, had barely launched when it found its place among the biggest names in the car industry.

Source: CNNMoney.com

Date: May 03, 2018

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/03/technology/aurora-self-driving-cars/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the company so well connected to the industry?
  • Describe the management culture, as presented in report?
  • Do you think the company can remain independent?

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Description: LOS ANGELES — Add cigarettes to the list of things that the family-friendly Walt Disney Company has to figure out as it prepares to integrate the sharper-edged 20th Century Fox movie and television studio.

Source: : NYTimes.com

Date: Apr 25, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/business/media/smoking-movies-disney-fox.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social responsibility issues in this discussion?
  • How do believe management should move forward with concerns raised by the public?

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Description: Kids like Caleb Moushey are killing cable TV. Not that Caleb knows from cable. After all, he’s 7 years old. But Caleb rarely if ever watches conventional television. “Everything is Netflix,” said his mother, Ally Brown, an insurance agent in the St. Louis area who also has a 5-year-old and a baby on the way.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Apr 24, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-25/netflix-loving-tykes-tune-out-nickelodeon-in-kid-tv-s-worst-year

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are kids watching more Netflix programming?
  • How can cable producers respond to this competition?
  • How important is content, in your opinion?