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Description: From calling people ‘chief’ to saying you ‘actually’ like someone’s idea, here are some patronizing behaviors to avoid.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Feb 12, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346238?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you agree with these assessments?
  • Why do you suppose some people may behave these ways in some business situations?
  • Should HR management attempt to train employees to avoid these behaviors?

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Description: Shopping centres experimenting with new strategy in era when growing number of people shop online

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 11, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/food-hall-phenomenon-canada-1.5451268

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the concept driving this trend in food services at malls?
  • Do you think the concept is sustainable?
  • Who would likely respond to the offer?

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Description: Tesla has a long way to go before it justifies its current stock price, New York University finance professor Aswath Damodaran told CNBC on Thursday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/13/damodaran-tesla-needs-vw-like-sales-apple-like-margins-to-justify-stock.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain what Aswath Damodaran means when he says Tesla would need VW-like sales and Apple-like margins to justify its stock valuation.
  • Why is there so much hype about Tesla at this time?
  • What needs to happen for the Tesla story to come true?
  • Do you think it can happen?

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of Beth Hammack’s rise at the firm?
  • Do you think the firm is marketing itself by way of her promotion at the firm?
  • How has the brand changed as a result of her rise in management ranks?

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Description: Sunday was advertising’s biggest night. The Super Bowl included ads from a mix of longtime and new entrants, and notably featured political ads from President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. Fox sold 30-second slots for as much as $5.6 million. Here are the Super Bowl commercials that aired. This list will be updated as companies release their official spots during the game:

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 02, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/02/watch-all-the-super-bowl-2020-commercials.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Review the ads and pick the one that you think was most successful. Explain why.
  • Which ads do you think were poorly designed? Explain why.

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Description: These people are eating less meat to help the planet, and so can you

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Feb 06, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-eat-less-meat-without-driving-yourself-nuts-and-3-good-reasons-to-try-it-2020-02-06?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about changing attitudes towards meat consumption and the reasons?
  • What does this mean longer term for related businesses if this trend continues to build momentum?

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Description: J.C. Penney is revamping one of its biggest in-house women’s apparel brands to focus more on denim and casual looks.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 06, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/06/jc-penney-revamps-womens-clothing-brand-ana-with-a-focus-on-denim.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the change in strategy at JC Penney.
  • Do you think this approach can work?
  • What would you suggest instead?

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Description: Despite Tesla’s meteoric rise, which has seen the shares more than double this year, some investors argue that the company’s fundamentals and future growth justify its current valuation and stock price.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Feb 04, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/04/making-the-fundamental-case-for-tesla-at-900-and-one-day-7000.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • According to the article, how should investors establish the “value” of a stock and Tesla stock in particular?
  • Do you think Tesla has the potential to grow as much as some people suggest in the article?
  • How could this high level of growth be accomplished?

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Description: If there were cheers around Alberta’s oilpatch Tuesday, they may have been drowned out by the sighs of relief.

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 05, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trans-mountain-pipeline-ruling-1.5451528

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest may happen as a result of the court decision?
  • How should governments and businesses deal with situations which may not be universally popular but still legal?

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Description: With technology and capital rapidly increasing the pace of innovation, Christensen’s thinking is more relevant today than ever. What do we know now about the power of disruption and where it’s taking us?

Source: SloanReview.mit.edu

Date: Feb 04, 2020

Link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/an-interview-with-clayton-m-christensen/?utm_source=El1&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Chris0220

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the important lessons directed at managers, marketers and investors?
  • Which firms do you think are paying attention and which are not, in your opinion?