Why big media is a ‘Game of Thrones’

Description: Bigger, bigger, bigger: that’s the battle cry of today’s media corporations. Brian Stelter maps out the war between the entertainment producers and the cable distributors. But who will sit on the Iron Throne?

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: August 06, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/media/2014/08/06/why-big-media-is-a-game-of-thrones.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe the changing relationship between content creators and distributors.
  • What do you think the industry will look like in ten years?

Dow Jones vs. S&P 500: What’s the difference?

Description: What sets the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 apart? CBS MoneyWatch contributor Ray Martin breaks it down as the two stock market indexes continue to reach new highs.

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: July 31, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/dow-jones-vs-s-p-500-whats-the-difference/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the differences between these measures of stock market activity.
  • Which do you think is the better measure of the economy and market conditions?

Lululemon seeks a leg up on knockoffs

Description: Lululemon Athletica Inc. has filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court in Illinois targeting a sealed list of unidentified defendants that it says are China-based knockoff artists selling fake versions of its ubiquitous yoga pants and other merchandise online.

Source: BNN.com – video report

Date: July 19, 2014

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/7/19/Lululemon-seeks-a-leg-up-on-knockoffs.aspx

Questions for Discussions:

  • After watching the video and reading the article, how would you describe the leadership and management culture at Lululemon?
  • How can management deal with knockoff artists selling fake versions online, other than through the courts?

Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley

Description: Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteinian tufts.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: August 07, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-07/silicon-valley-tech-entrepreneurs-behind-the-stereotype#p1

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this article say about management styles and success?
  • Do you agree with the arguments presented?

Big-box stores may see dark days ahead

Description: Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT) gained dominance by offering everything from groceries to children’s toys, often putting smaller, local stores out of business in the process. Now, it’s the revenge of the smaller retailers.

Source: CBSNews.com

Date: July 19, 2014

Link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/are-there-dark-days-ahead-for-big-box-stores/?tag=nl.e713&s_cid=e713&ttag=e713&ftag=TRE4cf7aca

Questions for discussion:

  • What is happening in retailing today that is reflected in the issues facing Walmart and Target?
  • Do you think changes to management will have a positive effect on these firms?
  • What would you recommend these firms do as the marketplace continues to evolve?

Stan Lee: The superhero has gone global

Description: Comic creator Stan Lee discusses how the media of superheroes has changed and what makes a popular hero resonate with people around the world.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: June 02, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/media/2014/06/02/stan-lee-global-superhero-marvel.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is the formula for success at Marvel, according to Stan Lee?
  • How has Marvel been able to globalize their characters?
  • Are there any risks associated with a global product and story line?

Investors like Amazon 3D phone chatter

Description: The only thing cooler than a 3D phone? A drone delivering it to you. Amazon stock enjoyed a nice pop after announcing (via YouTube) that it will unveil a new product — likely a 3D phone — on June 18.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: June 06, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/06/06/investing-the-buzz-amazon-3d-smartphone-drone-delivery.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the reasons provided in this report for Amazon stock price moves.
  • Do you think Amazon stock is over-valued?

The Collateral Damage of NYC’s Bike Share Program: Bike Shops

Description: Charlie McCorkell supported New York’s Citi Bike program from the beginning, as one of the bicycle-sharing network’s founding members. But he’s also the owner of several local bike shops. This presents a problem.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: June 05, 2014

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-05/the-collateral-damage-of-nyc-s-bike-share-program-bike-shops.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How has the introduction of bike-sharing impacted small business bike shops?
  • Explain the responses in the marketplace in terms of supply and demand forces.
  • What is your forecast for these two business sectors of the biking industry?
  • How should store managers respond?

Solar Roadways funding nears $2 million

Description: In the United States alone, there are roughly 4 million miles of roads. What if, instead of becoming lined with potholes, those roadways were generating solar energy under our wheels? What if the 4,360 square miles of surface parking lots in the United States could also be put to good use collecting solar energy? It’s a compelling idea and one that’s quickly catching on.

Source: SmartPlanet.com – video report

Date: June 06, 2014

Link: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/solar-roadways-funding-nears-2-million/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing this product as road surface?
  • Do you think this product will succeed?
  • What are the obstacles the firm will have to surpass?

A Growing Challenge for Germans Who Live by Bread Alone

Description: SCHOPFHEIM, Germany — On Sunday mornings, the line at the backdoor of Fritz Trefzger’s bakery snakes through the courtyard as customers wait for their chance to step into the inner sanctum of his kitchen.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: June 03, 2014

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/europe/a-rising-challenge-for-germans-who-live-by-bread-alone.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_AGC_20140605&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article say about small business and changing social behaviors?
  • Do you think that Fritz Trefzger’s approach to confronting competition will grow in popularity?

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