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Description: The future of the auto industry isn’t horsepower or style when it comes to autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services. It’s a box.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/debut-of-gms-cruise-origin-shows-the-future-of-ride-hailing-autonomous-vehicles-is-a-box.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the projected future for this industry, as described in the report.
  • Create a more detailed business plan that you believe would allow local authorities to adopt this technology.
  • How should investors approach this sector, in your opinion?

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Description: How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 23, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/17/how-quantum-computing-works-google-ibm-dwave-amazon.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key ideas and issues facing the firms involved in the quantum computing environment.
  • What are some of the applications and opportunities, according to the report?

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Description: Just weeks after stepping down as chief executive officer of luggage maker Away following a report about her leadership tactics, Steph Korey is back as co-CEO.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 13, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/13/away-co-founder-steph-korey-back-as-co-ceo-after-social-media-uproar.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this story controversial?
  • What is your view of the power of social media and the reactions by management when controversy erupts?

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Description: eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson discuss children’s behavior online, the screen time stigma and YouTube child policy changes. Then, junior analyst Blake Droesch addresses questions about a TikTok sale, Facebook’s stance on political ads and a new way to limit who can reply to your tweets.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Jan 13, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-how-children-are-and-arent-using-the-internet?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report have to say about children and their use of the Internet?
  • How should businesses use this research to develop strategies?

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Description: Can you have a job with high satisfaction that also pays six figures? What about first-time job hunters? The answer to both questions is, “Yes.” If you choose wisely.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Jan 13, 2020

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-no-1-job-in-america-for-2019-that-requires-zero-experience-pays-100000-and-its-not-in-silicon-valley-2019-12-27?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research suggest about the nature of the job market today?
  • How should job seekers be expected to respond?
  • Has this information changed your thinking about careers?

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Description: Outcome resolves one of the last court challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Jan 16, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/supreme-court-dismisses-b-c-s-appeal-in-trans-mountain-pipeline-case

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this decision so critical to this and other resource-based projects?
  • How will this decision affect business and investment in the industry?

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Description: How American Apparel came back from the brink of death

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 16, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/16/american-apparel-has-a-new-online-retail-store-following-bankruptcy.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the history of the firm focusing on the key issues that affected its rise and fall?
  • Do you think the firm can rise again?
  • What would you advise management?

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Description: For six years, between 2011 and 2017, Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s stock looked as if it was tapped out. The yogawear company was already an incredible success for investors, who backed it from its US$14 IPO in 2007, but further growth was a concern.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Jan 16, 2020

Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/lululemon-used-to-be-a-niche-player-now-some-think-it-could-be-the-next-nike

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made about the firm and the industry.
  • Strategically, how would you go about making Lululemon the next Nike?

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Description: Boeing employees boasted about bullying regulators to approve the now-grounded 737 Max without requiring pilots to undergo simulator training while others raised safety concerns and complained about lax standards, according to a trove of internal documents the company released on Thursday.

Source:CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 10, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/boeing-releases-communications-on-737-max-simulators-it-calls-completely-unacceptable.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report reveal about the “culture” within the firm at the time?
  • What motivated the firm to avoid the “flight training requirements”?
  • How much blame lies with the FAA?

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Description: Boeing denied former CEO Dennis Muilenburg severance when he was ousted for his handling of the 737 Max crisis, but he will get more than $60 million in pension benefits and stock, the company said Friday.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 10, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/10/ex-boeing-ceo-dennis-muilenburg-will-not-get-severance-payment-in-departure.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social implications of this decision?
  • How do you think various participants view the decision, including other top executives, regular employees and investors?