Yahoo CEO Gives Herself B-Minus Grade in First Year

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Description: Carol Bartz gives herself a B-minus in her first year as chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., saying she could have moved faster to reorganize the company and strike a Web-search agreement with Microsoft Corp. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 01/08/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=a.Nuu2H6FSPY Questions for discussion: How would you grade Carol Bartz and Yahoo!? Explain your… Read more »

More top job changes at GM

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Description:  Lutz taken out of marketing role, head of engineering becomes president of GM North America. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 12/04/2009 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/04/autos/gm_management_changes/index.htm Questions for discussion:  What do you think is motivating the many management changes taking place at GM? Explain your thinking. Do you think the changes are seen as positive developments for the firm… Read more »

From fashion passion to profit

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Description:  An enthusiasm for vintage threads led entrepreneurs to create the successful online clothing retailer, ModCloth.com. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 11/10/2009 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/smallbusiness/2009/11/10/sbiz_makeover_modcloth.smb/ Questions for discussion:  Why do you think this small business has succeeded? What problems are these entrepreneurs facing, now that they are beginning to grow their business? How would… Read more »

Steve Jobs – CEO of the Decade

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 Description:  Apple’s CEO is Fortune’s top business leader of the last 10 years for his impact on computing, movies, music and cell phones. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 11/04/2009 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2009/11/04/tt_steve_jobs_apple_ceo.fortune/ Questions for discussion:  Summarize the contribution made by Steve Jobs to Apple? What motivational role has Jobs played as CEO at Apple?… Read more »

Buffett buying Burlington rail in his biggest deal

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Description: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc will pay $26 billion to buy out Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp in a bet the nation’s largest rail company will benefit from a recovering U.S. economy. Source: Reuters.com Date: 11/03/2009 Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE5A22A720091103 Questions for discussion: Do you think this investment will turn out to be a good one… Read more »

U.S. Companies’ Electronic-Discovery Spending Tripled in 2009

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Description: Budgets for managing electronic data tripled this year at average-sized U.S. companies, according to a study, as businesses braced for an influx of lawsuits stemming from a recession that’s been partly blamed on fraud. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 10/20/2009 Link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a_qD_YdAZA7o Questions for discussion: Why is spending in this area increasing so drastically? How important… Read more »

Next great Windows OS?

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Description:  Windows 7 is drawing rave reviews, but can Microsoft parlay the momentum into its other products? Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 10/13/2009 Keys:  Marketing (p388), New product development (p420), Management (p252) Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2009/10/13/tt_windows_7_ballmer_microsoft.fortune/ Questions for discussion:  What do you think Microsoft’s future looks like, especially in terms of new products? Do you agree… Read more »

Want a job on Wall Street? Good luck.

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Description: Job cuts in the financial world are expected to persist for some time. But there are bright spots for MBAs, bond traders and investment bankers. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: 10/03/2009 Keys: HR (p286), Economy (p66) Link: http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/30/news/companies/wall_street_jobs/index.htm?postversion=2009100320 Questions for discussion:  Are there any differences in the hiring and firing practices of Wall Street HR departments… Read more »

How Yahoo is betting its cloud will pay off

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Description: There was a day when information technology personnel toiled behind the scenes to make their corporate computing infrastructure work. But in the Internet era, those experts increasingly are getting starring roles in corporate computing leadership rather than being supporting cast members. Such is the case for Shelton Shugar, Yahoo’s senior vice president of cloud… Read more »

Ford to build new plant in China

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Description:  In a global push, the carmaker will open its third plant in China and introduce four new vehicles before 2012. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 9/25/2009 Keys: International business, management, marketing, strategic planning Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/markets/2009/09/25/mkts_asia_ford_china_u3x.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion:  Why do you think Ford is building new plants in China? Explain your thinking…. Read more »