Why China can’t let Europe slip

Description:    China has been investing heavily in European debt and opening its markets to retailers in order to diversify its risk.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 24, 2012

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/05/24/n-china-europe-worries.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why is Hugo Boss opening more stores in China?
  • Does this strategy make good sense to you?
  • What does this say about management’s view of Chinese consumers and the Chinese economy?
  • Why is China’s purchase of Euro-debt important to this story?

 

Top 5 in Tech, Friday, May 25, 2012

Description:   Would you pay $800 for a smartphone? How a 15-year-old invented a new test for pancreatic cancer and why augmented reality isn’t just science fiction anymore. All that and more in this weeks top 5 in tech.

Source: Marketwatch.com – video report

Date: May 25, 2012

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/top-5-in-tech-friday-may-25-2012/A3977B09-F4D0-480D-B1F9-2F8BB3DB4D02

Questions for Discussion:

  • Do you think these new technologies will be successful?
  • Do you think price is a major factor in the decision to purchase these products?
  • What entrepreneurial message is being communicated by the cancer detection technology story?

 

Facebook’s stock should trade for $13.80

Description: Commentary: Here’s a fair-price calculation for Facebook

Source: Marketwatch.com

Date: May 25, 2012

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/facebooks-stock-should-trade-for-1380-2012-05-25

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is the basis for the calculations?
  • Do you think the approach is sound?
  • What do you think Facebook is worth?

 

Why Eduardo Saverin Has Company in Singapore

Description: It’s a cliché that the Pacific Ocean is displacing the Atlantic, that China will replace America at the top of the world’s hierarchy of power, and the East will surpass the West. The cliché is also wrong. The multipolar world we are entering will have no single winner, and the three-pillared West of the European Union, North America, and Latin America remains a triangular zone of peace and foundation of global stability.

Source: Busineweek.com

Date: May 24, 2012

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-24/why-eduardo-saverin-has-company-in-singapore

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the report have to say about international businesses and businesspeople?
  • What are your views about the issues related to this report such as the one about Eduardo Saverin?

 

The agony of Japan Inc.

Description:  Companies like Apple, IBM and Microsoft once stood in the shadow of much larger and more powerful Japanese electronics giants. Those days are long gone — and, lately, it looks like they may never come back.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: May 25, 2012

Link: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/25/japan-inc/?iid=SF_F_River  

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the strategic arguments presented by the reporter.
  • Do you agree with this analysis and assessment?
  • What is the message for managers looking for means to respond to global competition?

 

 

Zuckerberg’s right-hand woman

Description:   Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is the power behind the company’s explosive growth and ad business.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 18, 2012

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2012/05/17/t-ts-sandberg-facebook.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Who is Sheryl Sandberg?
  • Do you think the “character” of Facebook reflects a female view to communications?
  • Do you think she has the momentum to enter the political arena?

 

How to Win Over the Chinese Consumer

Description:   As Western retailers bet on China to drive profits, some of the biggest mistakes are made because brands don’t understand the Chinese consumer. The WSJ’s Deborah Kan speaks to Tom Doctoroff, author of the book “What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism & The Modern Chinese Consumer.”

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: May 18, 2012

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/how-to-win-over-the-chinese-consumer/6433C1C9-2725-48EE-8FD2-7CD3235D0DAA

Questions for Discussion:

  • What does the author say about the Chinese consumer?
  • Do you agree with the analysis presented?
  • What does this report suggest to Western businesses dealing with strategic planning in China?

Fishing Industry Aids Iceland’s Recovery

Description: Three years after a spectacular financial collapse, Iceland is coming back, largely on the strength of its strong exports. Video and reporting by Charles Forelle from the island of Vestmannaeyjar.

Source: Marketwatch.com – video report

Date: May 18, 2012

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/fishing-industry-aids-iceland-recovery/E1ED2AC5-D98B-4760-844E-67F8BA64A136

Questions for Discussion:

  • What does this report have to say about economic recovery in Iceland?
  • How does the country’s currency help with business recovery?
  • What does this report suggest about recovery in Greece, Italy, Spain and other European countries?

 

Why Warren Buffett Really Likes Newspapers

Description: When Warren Buffett announced that his company, Berkshire Hathaway, was buying 63 newspapers from Media General on May 17, he issued a soaring statement about his belief in a beaten-down industry.

Source: Busineweek.com

Date: May 17, 2012

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-17/why-warren-buffett-really-likes-newspapers

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think this is a wise investment?
  • Did he get a great deal on these investments?
  • What are some other financial ratios you would consider before investing in media?
  • How could these investments become great internet properties as well?

 

Inside Facebook

Description:  On a Friday morning not long ago, Mark Zuckerberg gathered his troops for a much-anticipated all-hands meeting at Facebook’s brand-new headquarters. It was billed as a not-to-be-missed event. Employees who were traveling were encouraged to return to the mother ship, and those in New York, Dublin, Hyderabad, and other satellite offices were told to watch via live stream.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: May 16, 2012

Link: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/16/inside-facebook-2/?iid=SF_F_Highlight

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the description of management of Facebook.
  • In your opinion, which manager stands out as a leading influence on the culture of the firm?

 

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