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Description: Amazon Care, the company’s online medical clinic for its own employees, is trying to hire half a dozen people in business development roles to “build and grow relationships with commercial and public sector enterprises.” Most of the roles were posted in the past month.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Ocy 16, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/16/amazon-care-telemedicine-service-job-listings-hint-at-expansion.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the business model Amazon is rolling out.
  • Why are partnerships important to this effort?
  • How successful do you think the plan will be? Explain your thinking.

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Description: A new report by the consumer-interest nonprofit Public Citizen calls out major retailers — Best Buy, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart and others — for donating to trade associations and campaigns promoting harsher shoplifting penalties in at least 18 states. The retailers succeeded in 11 of them, according to the report.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Oct 16, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/16/923844907/when-shoplifting-is-a-felony-retailers-back-harsher-penalties-for-store-theft

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues involved in this report?
  • What are the consequences for all parties involved?
  • How should the problem of shoplifting be handled, in your opinion?

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Description: Microsoft informed employees this week that they will have more flexibility to work from home, even after it’s safe to return to offices, a company spokesperson told CNBC Friday.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/microsoft-implements-new-hybrid-remote-work-policy.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How would you suggest management at Microsoft monitor employee output and other metrics of performance?
  • Do you think this is a short term phenomenon or something likely to be permanent at the firm?

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Description: Nearly half of employees don’t feel like they’re getting enough training, coaching, or mentoring to advance their careers.

Source: INC.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/new-study-how-covid-19-is-derailing-your-employees-career-growth-and-what-to-do-next.html?utm_source=incthismorning

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the gap between what employees want and what they feel they are getting?
  • What should employers be doing about this, given the current work environment?

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Description: Businesses accused of “overtly racist actions” from customers may soon see a warning on their Yelp page. The crowd-sourced review platform said it will allow customers to flag racist behavior, and it will place an alert on an establishment’s page when it “gains public attention for reports of racist conduct, such as using racist language or symbols.” A link to a news article explaining the business’ problematic behavior will be included in the message.

Source: CNN.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/09/business/yelp-consumer-racism-alert-trnd/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social responsibility implications for Yelp, as it introduces this feature?
  • Do you think it is a good idea?
  • What could go wrong?

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Description: Over the span of more than two-and-a-half years working on live events and music projects at Canada’s largest bank, Amara Nwogu’s dream job turned into a burden she says she could no longer bear.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Oct 05, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/first-hand-accounts-of-what-racism-looks-like-in-corporate-canada-1.1501573

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about racism in corporate Canada?
  • What should HR managers be taking away from this report?
  • How can the problem be mitigated, in your opinion?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #743 – Host: Mitch Joel. It’s hard to imagine a more recognized business thinker than Gary Hamel. He is, without question, one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe, and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years, and is the director of the Management Lab. He has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review, and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent include: The Future of Management and What Matters Now. Gary has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker, and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum. If you’ve heard of concepts like “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” this is the the language and practice of management that Gary invented. HIs latest book is, Humanocracy – Creating Organizations As Amazing As The People Inside Them (along with co-author, Michele Zanini). Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 04, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-743-gary-hamel-on-creating-amazing-organizations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Gary Hamel say is likely to happen to organizations and work?
  • Do you agree with his assessment?
  • What is the problem with bureaucracy, according to Hamel?
  • How are mergers and acquisitions a solution to bureaucracies?

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Description: B&B Theatres, the sixth-largest cinema chain in the U.S., has been operating for nearly 100 years. Its owners now say it is months away from filing for bankruptcy protection.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/movie-theater-operator-bb-theatres-says-its-months-from-bankruptcy.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Are there any solutions to this situation?
  • What can management do to prolong operations until consumer behavior returns to something like it once was?
  • Do you think consumers will ever return to large crowded theatres or is this social behavior now a relic of the past?

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Description: Here’s a stunning stat: Women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate as men.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/02/919517914/enough-already-multiple-demands-causing-women-to-abandon-workforce

Questions for discussion:

  • What does article say about women leaving the workforce and their reasons?
  • Do you think this is a fair assessment of the situation?
  • What are the managerial consequences for employers who would tend to employ more women then men?
  • Are there possible ways for employers to mitigate the problem?

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Description: Technology has become a large part of our lives and with it Artificial Intelligence (AI) has intruded into our daily lives, so much so that with the help of it we have been able to create products that man normally makes.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/357127

Questions for discussion:

  • How was AI used in the production of beer?
  • What do you think of the logic of this algorithm?
  • What other management decision do you think could be guided or made using AI?