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Description: Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a once in a generation inventor that has fundamentally changed how humans buy stuff and interact with the internet.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Feb 03, 2021

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-is-stepping-down-heres-why-amazon-stock-isnt-crashing-230652383.html

Questions for discussion:

    • From a managerial point of view, explain why Amazon stock is basically unaffected by the news of Jeff Bezos’ decision to step down.
    • From a marketing point of view, where do you think Amazon is headed under Andy Jassy’s leadership?

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Description: Over the past several decades, union membership has steadily declined. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that in 1983, 20.1% of employed Americans were members of a union. By 2019, that share had decreased by roughly half to 10.3%.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 29, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/29/support-of-labor-unions-is-at-65percentheres-whats-behind-the-rise.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the decline in union membership.
  • What is motivating renewed interest in unions?
  • Is this a good development? Explain your thinking.

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Description: Throw-ins are an often-overlooked aspect of football that can create goal-scoring opportunities. Here’s how that can translate to business.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Jan 26, 2021

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/364109

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ideas suggested to managers in this article?
  • Do you think they make sense and are practical in real business situations?

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Description: Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day), which is observed in the United States, Canada, Israel and 47 European countries. This makes it a perfect time for marketers to examine how their brands use data and technology.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Jan 28, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/360022/using-data-in-service-to-the-people.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the advice to managers presented in this commentary?
  • How can managers comply better with this directive?
  • Should they be concerned with this issue?

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Description: Canada has a patchwork of different policies in place regarding the public disclosure of COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, and expert opinion seems as divided as the regulations on whether making outbreaks public helps or hinders the spread of the virus.

Source: CBC.ca – video report

Date: Jan 24, 2021

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/public-disclosure-workplace-outbreaks-covid-19-1.5884767

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments presented around workplace outbreaks.
  • What do you think is the appropriate managerial approach?

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Description: eMarketer senior analyst at Insider Intelligence Jasmine Enberg discusses when travel (and travel advertising) will recover and some good and not-so-good examples of how travel advertisers are running campaigns. She then talks about whether Twitter can make a space for healthy conversations, our expectations for WhatsApp, and the significance of social platforms ending the year looking more alike than ever.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Jan 28, 2021

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/will-travel-advertising-recover-do-social-platforms-look-too-similar-what-will-happen-whatsapp?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights in this podcast related to the travel industry?
  • What does this mean from a strategic management perspective?
  • What should managers consider?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #759 – Host: Mitch Joel. If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it is this: the brands that are either purely digital or the ones with a strong digital component felt much less pain. Look no further than the value of a company like Amazon or the incredible rise of Shopify. Watching so many entrepreneurs turn their small businesses into something more “digital” is a sight to behold. Scott Devine and his business, Scott’s Bass Lessons, is a great case study. We’re about to hear my many worlds collide in this episode, so I hope that you will stick with it and enjoy the ride. One of my favorite YouTube channels is Scott’s Bass Lessons. I love the way Scott Devine plays the bass, teaches the bass, and his mini-documentaries and interviews. He’s inspiring. It turns out that I am not alone. But that’s just one small part of what makes Scott unique. He’s best known for his online bass school, Scott’s Bass Lessons. SBL (for short) isn’t just the biggest online school for bassists, it’s the biggest online school for any instrument (put aside institutions that teach multiple instruments). Scott prefers to call it the “Netflix for bass players.” And in the last decade, he’s built the company into an operation with nearly 25,000 students/customers. What moved him from gigging to teaching? How does he keep his students so engaged online? Scott is a real triple-threat when it comes to music (he can play, teach, and market his business). I’ve been a fan since of his since I first started watching his videos, and his journey is a fascinating one that has led to millions of views and millions of fans and followers and a growing business. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Jan 24, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-759-scott-devine-on-building-a-thriving-online-business-no-gimmicks/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the entrepreneurial online journey taken by Scott Devine as he built his brand?
  • How has online business development changed since he started?
  • How has social media affected online business development?

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Description: United Airlines’ CEO wants to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for employees and is encouraging other companies do the same. It’s a stance that differs from what some other carriers and companies have recently said. United had more than 60,000 active U.S. employees at the end of 2020 and has sent recall notices to some 17,000 other workers whose jobs were cut last year.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 22, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/22/united-airlines-ceo-wants-to-make-covid-vaccines-mandatory-for-its-employees.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the HR and other managerial issues related to this topic?
  • What do you think about the industry-wide decisions?
  • What would you advise the industry?

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Description: Google has suspended Margaret Mitchell, Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) member and lead of the Ethical AI team, according to the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), which released a statement late Wednesday. Mitchell has not been fired, but is locked out of her account.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Jan 21, 2021

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/359795/google-suspends-margaret-mitchell-researcher-in-i.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=121171&hashid=VqrNVU8KRva-05RcXzdoNQ

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial issues surrounding this story?
  • Do you believe Google management is handling the situation properly?
  • What would you advise Google and other companies like Facebook at the center of this debate?

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Description: When Mackey’s groundbreaking business book, ‘Conscious Capitalism,’ led to even more questions about success, he decided to write another.

Source: INC.com

Date: Jan 21, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/202102/graham-winfrey/john-mackey-whole-foods-conscious-leadership-business-book.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the key message John Mackey presents in this article?
  • What do you think he means by the term “an evolving team”?