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Description: Forget microchips. Silicon Valley sees a profitable future in the humble brick thanks to a low-energy production process that illustrates the greening of the U.S. technology capital.

Source: Reuters.com

Date: 9/22/2009

Keys: Marketing, new product development, technology

Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE58K47220090922

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the risks to builders using these new bricks? What risk is there for producers? Explain your thinking.
  • Who are the likely target markets for this innovation? Explain your thinking.

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Description: You wouldn’t know it by his pay stubs, but Jiang Jianqing heads the world’s largest bank. Jiang, chairman of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, made just $234,700 in 2008. That’s less than 2 percent of the $19.6 million awarded to Jamie Dimon, chief executive of the world’s fourth-largest bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Source: Reuters.com

Date: 9/23/2009

Keys: Management, HR, ethics

Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE58M2QU20090923

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think U.S. bank CEOs are fairly compensated? Explain your thinking.
  • How else could compensation for these sorts of important managerial positions be decided? Explain your answer.

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Description:  Outgoing chief Anne Mulcahy and incoming head Ursula Burns discuss their historic CEO handoff.

Source: CNNMoney – video report
 
Date: 9/16/2009

Keys: Management, HR, strategic planning

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/fortune/2009/09/16/f_mpw_xerox_transition.fortune/

Questions for discussion: 

  • Summarize the similarities and differences you can observe about these two CEOs.
  • Do you find it strange that their educational backgrounds are so different? Explain your answer.
  • Do you think technical knowledge is critical in order to be the CEO of Xerox? Explain your thinking.

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Description: The momentum that boosted the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq to nearly one-year highs looks to reassert itself in the week ahead. Fed meeting, housing reports, G-20 summit on tap.

Source: CNNMoney.com

Date: 9/20/2009

Keys: Investing, stock market

Link:  http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/18/markets/sunday_lookahead/index.htm?postversion=2009092008

Questions for discussion:

  • Based on the report, do you believe the stock markets will continue to rise this week? Explain your answer.
  • Are you concerned that markets might be over-valued and experience a significant pull back from current levels? Explain your thinking.

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Description: To save Chrysler Group LLC, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne has to create a mid-size sedan that can compete with the world’s best. It’s a three- to five-year job, and he may have two years to do it.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: 9/14/2009

Keys: Management, investing, marketing

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=awHymjXNOYdI

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the strategies that are supposed to fix Chrysler?
  • Do you think they will be successful? Explain your answer.
  • Do you think the cash plans are sufficient or will Fiat eventually invest cash into Chrysler?

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Description: Renault SA Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn said the future of electric cars depends on a rebound in oil prices that may boost sales of the battery-powered vehicles he’s spending 4 billion euros ($5.9 billion) to develop.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: 9/16/2009

Keys: Marketing, finance, technology

Link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aR2eQwSe7_S8

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think Renault’s bet on $70 oil and electric autos will be successful? Explain your answer.
  • What do you think the ideal auto would look like from a fuel design point of view? Explain your thinking.

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Description:  Apple’s CEO makes his first public appearance in a year to unveil iPod upgrades.


Source: CNNMoney – video report
 
Date: 9/09/2009

Keys: Management, marketing

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2009/09/09/f_tt_apple_steve_jobs.fortune/

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the return of Steve Jobs so important to Apple and the industry in general?
  • Do you think Apple’s new product features will resonate well with customers? Explain your answer.
  • What do you think will motivate buyers to trade up to iPhone? Explain your answer.

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Description: One year after Lehman Brothers, the stock market is right back where it was. Beyond the anniversary, reports on the consumer loom.

Source: CNN News

Date: 9/12/2009

Keys: Marketing, pricing, new product development, technologies

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/12/markets/sunday_lookahead/index.htm?postversion=2009091206

Questions for discussion: 

  • Explain why the stock market fell and returned to the current valuation during the past year?
  •  How do you think the stock market will perform over the next week? Next month? Next year? Explain your thinking.

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Description: Web TV firm Joost, owned by the founders of Skype, removed its high-profile chairman Mike Volpi by shareholder vote, it said in a statement late on Friday.

Source: Reuters News

Date: 9/12/2009

Keys: Management, investing, marketing

Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/ousivMolt/idUSTRE58B0UZ20090912

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you think the same people keep emerging as top managers? Explain your thinking.
  • Are these events significant for the firm’s stock value? Explain your thinking.
  • Why do you think Joost has had such trouble establishing revenues?

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Description: Motorola Inc shares rose 6.5 percent on Friday on hopes the company could turn around its loss-making handset business with the new cellphone it developed with Google Inc.
Source: Reuters.com

Date: 9/11/2009

Keys: Marketing, finance, technology

Link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE5884AQ20090911

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think Cliq will find a share of the smart phone market? Explain your answer.
  • Do you think Cliq’s special features warrant such great investor confidence in the Motorola? Explain your thinking.
  • Which smart phone would you say is the most attractive for the consumer market? Explain your answer.