Description:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â In 2008, Chad and Sandra Ballantyne moved their marketing and Web design company, Rhubarb Media, into its first office Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a 1,300-square-foot space in downtown Barrie, Ont., which they shared with another small company. Source:Ã‚Â GlobeandMail.com Date: 04/02/2012 Link:Ã‚Â http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-marketing/customer-service/entrepreneurs-jump-on-co-working-bandwagon/article2386076/ Questions for discussion: What lessons are there in this report for entrepreneurs? What are… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Part 3 Management: Empowering People to Achieve Business Objectives
Description:Ã‚Â Manufacturers grappling with rising labor costs and worker demands in China could face further pressure if a critical probe of a major Apple supplier sets a new standard for China’s factory workers, Andrew Dowell reports on digits. Photo: Getty Images. Source: Marketwatch.com Ã¢â‚¬â€œ video report Date: 03/30/2012 Link:Ã‚Â http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/apple-labor-pact-could-ripple-across-china/ED326ADD-8C33-4B32-B463-A4BD5BA1D89C Questions for discussion: Summarize the… Read more »
Description:Ã‚Â Best Buy Co., the largest U.S. electronics chain, swung to a fourth-quarter loss, hurt by charges and lower sales of notebook computers and televisions. Source: Marketwatch.com Date: 03/30/2012 Link:Ã‚Â http://www.marketwatch.com/story/best-buy-swings-to-loss-to-shut-50-stores-2012-03-29?siteid=nwtwk Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons for Best BuyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s financial problems. Do you think they can be resolved easily?
Description:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â The events aboard a March 27 JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU)flight, on which the co-pilot locked an erratically behaving captain out of the cockpit and diverted the plane to a safe landing, show how much has changed in a culture once typified by autocratic captains browbeating underlings even in the face of potential hazards, safety… Read more »
Description:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â There are few games out there that test oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strategic thinking better than chess. A well thought-out plan, coupled with the ability to anticipate and out manoeuvre your opponent, invariably leads to the capture of your opponentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s king. Game over. The world of business is essentially built on the same basic principles, but in… Read more »
Description:Ã‚Â A local Taiwanese chain restaurant sees a boost in business as their ever expanding dumpling restaurant continues to gain success across the globe. Source: CNNMoney.com Ã¢â‚¬â€œ video report Date: 03/21/2012 Link:Ã‚Â http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/03/19/n-dumpling-empire.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: What is the recipe for success as described in this report? What are the similarities and differences of this… Read more »
Description:Ã‚Â In this video I interview Mari Smith, author of The New Relationship Marketing and Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day. Mari shares how relationships have evolved and why businesses need to focus on P2P (people to people) marketing today.Ã‚Â YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll also discover the story of how Mari came to Facebook marketing and pick up… Read more »
Description:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â THE Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios is a toy company based in New Jersey that creates highly detailed action figures for Mattel while making its own toys that are sold online to adult collectors. Source:Ã‚Â NYTimes.com Date: 03/21/2012 Link:Ã‚Â http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/business/smallbusiness/tied-to-one-big-client-but-wanting-to-cut-the-cord.html?ref=smallbusiness# Questions for discussion: What are the particular problems facing these businessmen? What are the… Read more »
Description:Ã‚Â Manufacturing jobs are not close to pre-recession levels, but auto jobs, especially in Michigan, are showing signs of life. Source: CNNMoney.com Ã¢â‚¬â€œ video report Date: 03/16/2012 Link:Ã‚Â http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/03/16/n-us-manufacturing-autos.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: Why has manufacturing rebounded? What does this mean for the economy as a whole, in your opinion?
Description:Ã‚Â Hanky Panky is one of very few apparel makers that makes its lingerie in America. Source: CNNMoney.com Ã¢â‚¬â€œ video report Date: 03/15/2012 Link:Ã‚Â http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2012/03/14/n-hanky-panky-usa.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion: How is it that this product category can defy the odds and sell successfully? Are there other products that could do as well, in your opinion?