After the Financial Meltdown, Where’s America’s Outrage?

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Description:  Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times noted that 49% of people surveyed had a negative view of Goldman Sachs. Financial companies are busily trying to rebuild their reputations by, among other things, running lots of advertisements touting their lending activities, but numerous reports show that banks are cutting credit lines to both… Read more »

Japan CEOs Learn `Globish’ to Expand Overseas as Economy Stalls

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Description:  Oki Matsumoto, chief executive officer of online trader Monex Group Inc. and a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner, has a solution to Japan’s stagnant domestic economy: Learn “globish.” Matsumoto holds regular parties at the Tokyo-based company where employees must speak globish, or global English, a language for non-native speakers using basic grammar and… Read more »

Labor Day’s violent beginnings

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Description:  The bloody Pullman strike in 1894 spurred the national holiday that recognizes American workers. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report   Date: 09/03/2010 Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2010/09/03/n_labor_day_history_2010.cnnmoney/ Questions for discussion:  Summarize the historical successes of organized labor that are highlighted in the video. Why do you think the general public is often critical of organized labor? Do… Read more »

Hewlett-Packard’s battered culture

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Description: Founders’ folksy approach became guiding principle for other companies Source:  Marketwatch.com Date: 08/09/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/h-p-known-for-its-culture-in-yet-another-scandal-2010-08-09?siteid=nwtwk   Questions for discussion: Why do you think H-P has had so much trouble with its recent CEOs?  Do you think H-P will be hurt by this recent problem in terms of management recruitment of other employees, motivation, control,… Read more »

From Kenmore, Talking Washers and Dryers

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Description:  They’ll explain their problems via phone—and, the company hopes, result in vastly more efficient service. Source: Businessweek.com   Date: 08/05/2010 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_33/b4191023607461.htm Questions for discussion: How can the manufacturers justify the additional cost of this technology? What are the benefits received by the companies and their customers? Should manufacturers emphasize this technology as an integral… Read more »

BP chooses Dudley, an American, to turn its fortunes around

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Description: BP’s new chief executive, Robert Dudley, is an industry veteran with wide-ranging qualifications, but it was his American passport as much as his in-depth knowledge of Russia and his green credentials that sealed the deal for the board. Source:  Marketwatch.com Date: 07/27/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bp-appoints-robert-dudley-as-new-ceo-2010-07-27?siteid=nwtwk   Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose a new… Read more »

Mad Man

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Description:  Why did Alex Bogusky, the most celebrated adman of his era, turn his back on the business? Source: Businessweek.com   Date: 07/29/2010 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_32/b4190060449252.htm Questions for discussion: Summarize the probable reasons for Alex Bogusky`s decision. What do think about his decision? What do you think about his criticism about the advertising industry?

What Mad Men Gets Right About Innovation

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Description:  A scene from the Sterling Cooper ad agency offers a lesson about how leaders can foster creativity. Source: Businessweek.com   Date: 07/23/2010 Link: http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/jul2010/ca20100723_186913.htm Questions for discussion: Summarize the main findings of the research report. Are you surprised by any of them? What message is there here for managers and for employees?

digits: Has Apple Lost Its Mojo?

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Description:  As Apple finally speaks out on the antenna reception controversy surrounding its Apple 4, Simon Constable talks to Alan Murray, Lauren Goode and Rex Crum about whether the company has lost its mojo given this issue and other recent stumbles amid its successes. Source: Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 07/16/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/digits-has-apple-lost-its-mojo/E0F1EF8A-0443-48EE-9766-89A1DD9ED361 Questions… Read more »

D8 Video: Steve Case in Full Session

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Description:  Steve Case and Kara Swisher meet again onstage at the D8 Conference. What has the Revolution CEO been up to on the 25h Anniversary of American Online? Source: Marketwatch.com – video report   Date: 07/02/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/d8-video-steve-case-in-full-session/2B7724EE-756E-4975-893A-BBA244AFD4B3  Questions for discussion:  Summarize the history of AOL and the development of the Internet. What surprises you… Read more »