Monthly Archives: September 2014

September classroom―sustainable resources and corporate rivalry

September 1, 2014
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September classroom―sustainable resources and corporate rivalry

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: Using the Padlet Mini and the ThingLink technology offers featured in this month’s Tech Tips, study the…

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Demographic changes bring opportunities

September 1, 2014
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Demographic changes bring opportunities

America’s workforce values affordable housing.  Recent trends indicate that workers are drawn to cities where housing values are higher for less money.  In these new suburban areas, the size of lodging available in addition to the quality of life is rising.  New urban areas around city centers such as San Antonio, TX, Oklahoma City, OK,…

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Padlet Mini for sharing bookmarks

September 1, 2014
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Padlet Mini for sharing bookmarks

Padlet now has a condensed version available as a Chrome browser extension.  This new Padlet Mini makes it easy to bookmark webpages, drop files, videos and links to a central page. This Padlet Mini is shareable with designated collaborators.  While there are some similarities to Pinterest, the collaboration feature makes this a more useful tool…

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The Panama Canal turns 100–US exports rise

September 1, 2014
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The Panama Canal turns 100–US exports rise

Cargo ships first passed through the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914 with a crossing toll of $0.90/cargo ton. In 1999, ownership of the canal transferred completely from the US to the Panamanian government, which manages canal activities through the Panama Canal Authority. In September of 2007, a $5.25B expansion project began with an expected…

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Corporate Rivalry

September 1, 2014
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Corporate Rivalry

Looking at corporate strategy, this brief video presents some major corporate rivalries that transcend the generations:  Apple vs. Samsung, Pepsi vs. CocaCola, Adidas vs. Puma, HP vs. Oracle.  The reason behind these rivalries and the chosen defense weapons illustrates strategy in action at the corporate level.  All of the examples presented are well-known companies. Source: …

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Strategy class challenge–global leadership development

September 1, 2014
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Strategy class challenge–global leadership development

This month brought the passing of leadership expert, Warren Bennis. A recent study by the American Management Association, in conjunction with the Institute for Corporate Productivity  and Training Magazine, identifies a continuing gap in leadership and general workforce preparedness for global business.  The study suggests: (1) global leaders need local knowledge; (2) collaboration and influence…

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Curation on an image

September 1, 2014
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Curation on an image

Thinglink brings images alive with linked information.  This powerful service is free for educators for initial use.  Upload an image, tag and link bookmarked items to areas of the image and then share the results.  Good for visual literacy, information organizing, learning demonstration, and even digital portfolios, Thinglink brings together many of the communication aids…

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Business obligations to stakeholders

September 1, 2014
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Business obligations to stakeholders

Corporate social responsibility, according to Nancy Koehn of the Harvard Business School, is not a recent discussion.  Several examples in this film, illustrate early roots of the concept that are intricately tied to the business founders:  Josiah Wedgewood, Henry Heinz, and Estée Lauder.  In each of the cases presented, the leader brought the vision, communicated…

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Warren G. Bennis―the crucible moments that make great leaders

September 1, 2014
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Warren G. Bennis―the crucible moments that make great leaders

Warren Bennis died the end of July 2014, leaving a legacy of work in leadership that has been compared to the importance of the Peter Drucker legacy of work in management.  Many of his books and articles address characteristics of leaders across generations, including this September 2002 Harvard Business Review article on the Crucibles of…

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Chiquita and Fyffes cozy up with merger plans

September 1, 2014
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Chiquita and Fyffes cozy up with merger plans

In this latest twist on banana monopolies, US-based Chiquita and Ireland-based Fyffes affirm that they intend to continue with their merger plans, first announced in March, in spite of a new offer from Brazil-based Cutrale and investment bank Safra.  The worldwide banana market consists of four major competitors:  Chiquita, Dole Food Company, Fresh Del Monte,…

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