Kaiser CEO: Time to end piecemeal healthcare

Description:  George Halvorson, CEO of non-profit healthcare insurer Kaiser Permanente, says the current U.S. healthcare system will drive the economy into the ground.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: 01/26/2012

Link:   http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/01/26/n_davos_halvorson_health.cnnmoney/

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe how the not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare businesses work?
  • How should healthcare work, according to CEO George Halvorson?
  • How could it be better?
  • What managerial issues are stopping the for-profit industry from adopting these policies?
  • How does consumer psychology affect this business?

Bill Gates: Rich should pay more taxes

Description:  The Microsoft founder and philanthropist says that the wealthiest Americans should pay a larger share of taxes than they do.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: 01/26/2012

Link:  http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/01/26/n_davos_gates_occupy.cnnmoney/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points presented about economic activity, incomes, taxes, and the government’s role.
  • What is Bill Gates’ position on the key issue facing business and society at large?
  • Do you agree with Bill Gates?
  • How would you assign the collection of taxes?

Amazon’s Hit Man

Description:  Larry Kirshbaum was the ultimate book industry insider—until Amazon called

Source:  Businessweek.com

Date: 01/25/2012

Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/amazons-hit-man-01252012.html?chan=magazine+channel_top+stories

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the changes that management is dealing with in the publishing industry.
  • How has management at Amazon been affected by technological changes?
  • Do you think management decision-making has been responsive?

‘I work for one of the 10 Best Companies’

Description:   Interesting assignments, unfaltering support, stints abroad: No wonder these folks love their workplaces.

Source:  Fortune.com

Date: 01/27/2012

Link:  http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/pf/jobs/1201/gallery.best-companies-employees.fortune/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are some common characteristics of these businesses that seem to suggest why they rank among the “best”?
  • How influential is this status on employee behavior?

Six Strategy Insights RIM’s New CEO Can Use

Description:  The usual moves won’t work when new technologies and rivals dramatically shake up the field

Source:  Businessweek.com

Date: 01/24/2012

Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/management/six-strategy-insights-rims-new-ceo-can-use-01242012.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the recommendations made in this report?
  • Do you agree with them?
  • What else would you suggest to RIM’s top management?

How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work

Description:  When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke,President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States?

Source:  NYTimes.com

Date: 01/22/2012

Link to article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html?hp

Link to video: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/01/20/business/the-iphone-economy.html?ref=business

Questions for discussion:

  • How does Apple illustrate the global nature of business today?
  • Why, according to the report, will these manufacturing jobs never return to the U.S.?
  • Do you agree with this view?
  • What does this report suggest managers do in order reduce the loss of manufacturing employment?
  • How can future employees – in the U.S. and elsewhere – prepare for work in a global market for jobs?
  • Is there a role for governments here?

Leaving the plastic (and fees) behind

Description:  Dwolla, of Des Moines, Iowa, is taking on credit cards by allowing users to transfer money and pay for items on their phones for a small fee.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: 01/17/2012

Link:   http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/01/13/t_dwolla_credit_cards.cnnmoney/

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe why this business is better than competitors?
  • What are the problems managers will have to overcome in order to succeed on a large scale?

Enhanced eBooks: Next Frontier or Passing Fad?

Description:  A new crop of digital books comes loaded with videos, songs, animated shorts and pop-up graphics. Is this the future of publishing or just a passing fad? Alexandra Alter has details on Lunch Break.

Source: Marketwatch.com – video report

Date: 01/19/2012

Link:  http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/enhanced-ebooks-next-frontier-or-passing-fad/C6B97950-5E0F-4EBD-9986-3FB1369FE4AF

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this new concept in ebooks will be well received?
  • Which markets do you think will most likely be targeted by developers?

Apple Unveils IBooks 2 to Help Boost IPad Usage in Schools

Description:  Apple Inc. introduced a service to make digital versions of textbooks available on the iPad and beef up the education content for the tablet computer as it gains popularity in classrooms.

Source:  Businessweek.com

Date: 01/20/2012

Link:  http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-20/apple-unveils-ibooks-2-to-help-boost-ipad-usage-in-schools.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of this sort of technology?
  • Do you think this strategy will be successful?
  • What are the issues that must be reconciled with students, schools, teachers, and authors?

7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site

Description:  In what authorities have called one of the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought, the Justice Department and the F.B.I. have seized the Web site Megaupload and charged seven people connected with it with running an international enterprise based on Internet piracy. Source:  NYTimes.com

Date: 01/20/2012

Link:   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/technology/megaupload-indictment-internet-piracy.html?ref=business

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the conflicting issues in this situation?
  • Where do you stand on these arguments over copyright?
  • What do you think will eventually emerge as an attempt to resolve the problems?

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