Monthly Archives: August 2014

Electric motorcycles―innovation and the life cycle

August 4, 2014
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Electric motorcycles―innovation and the life cycle

Harley- Davidson is testing the market for electric motorcycles.  The concept is not new, but Harley-Davidson believes the time may be right for them to enter the market with a premium branded model.  Through a year-long marketing campaign involving eventual customers, the company is taking its grass-roots project on the road under the label, “project…

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Assuring the supply chain–Tesla alliance with Panasonic

August 4, 2014
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Assuring the supply chain–Tesla alliance with Panasonic

Tesla makes luxury electric cars.  In 2017, it plans to deliver a new Model 3 range of cars priced at $35,000 and aimed at the middle market consumer.  These new cars will be cheaper, in large part due to cheaper and more efficient battery packs.  In partnership with Panasonic Corp, Telsa plans to build a…

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IMF reports–Data that matters

August 4, 2014
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IMF reports–Data that matters

As a specialized agency of the UN with its own charter, governing structure and finances, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) represents 188 countries.  Its mission is to “work to foster global growth and economic stability by providing policy advice and financing to members in economic difficulties and to work with developing nations to help them…

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Seasonality in decision-making―the July phenomenon in teaching hospitals

August 4, 2014
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Seasonality in decision-making―the July phenomenon in teaching hospitals

Teaching hospitals experience high medical resident turn-over every July, when senior residents leave for permanent positions and junior residents arrive directly from medical school. The authors of this research study investigated hospital productivity over a 16 year period, comparing the efficiency trends in teaching and non-teaching hospitals over the year, as based upon risk-adjusted, average…

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P2P file share made easy

August 4, 2014
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P2P file share made easy

This P2P file sharing app encrypts and transfers unlimited size files.  Potential recipients can download the software for direct sharing or click on an emailed link for cloud-based downloading.  The app functions now on Mac OS x 10.7+ or Windows-enabled desktops.  A mobile app and a Linux app are in the process of development.  Originally…

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Images and licensing

August 4, 2014
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Images and licensing

The Edublog community, an organization started in Australia and now worldwide, is dedicated to providing educational blogging for education.  One of the blog postings on images and licensing provides an extensive current directory of directed search engines that are preselected based upon type of subject, resolution, license availability, and user safety. The search engines make…

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Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

August 4, 2014
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Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

Succession planning plays a significant role in family business sustainability.  In this video clip, Kerry Dolan of Forbes Magazine explains the demise of the family-run Stroh Brewing Company.  She observed that after several generations, family businesses often fail.  In the case of Stroh’s, the fourth generation Chairman, Peter Stroh, ushered in the eventual sale of…

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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

August 4, 2014
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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

For the past twenty years, Apple has grown its revenue powerhouse with hardware and software offers through acquisition of relevant businesses.  This approach permits them to expand without having to invent everything themselves.  As it observes competitors, it identifies new markets and buys companies already in the business niche.  The latest purchases include Swell, Beats…

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August classroom―seasonality and family business

August 4, 2014
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August classroom―seasonality and family business

Any of the completed work from these activities can be converted to face-to-face discussion.   Try adapting the content to your specific course format. Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Review this month’s research article on seasonality in the teaching hospital environment.  Find another example where seasonality…

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Large scale logistics efficiency―operating strategy that supports the mission

August 4, 2014
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Large scale logistics efficiency―operating strategy that supports the mission

Amazon claims “to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices,.”  Through the expansion of its e-commerce platform to other retailers, it expanded its offers to include more than 2 million third-party sellers.  These sellers…

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