Monthly Archives: March 2015

Grading and some lessons from the “Stealth Flipper”

March 3, 2015
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Grading and some lessons from the “Stealth Flipper”

Flipped classrooms are no longer new concepts. Whether with one lecture or with an entire course, several concerns need to be addressed.  The “Stealth Flipper” conducts large classes at the University of Texas-Austin.  Maintaining engagement and assuring learning are two difficult tasks that might seem to be contradictory.  This professor found that telling students the…

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Competition reduction—Online travel industry

March 3, 2015
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Competition reduction—Online travel industry

Expedia, Inc. is buying up the online competition in travel-related offers.  Online travel services in their portfolio include bookings for flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals, concierge and activity services for leisure and business clients. A recent report by market research company, PhoCusWright, suggests that online travel agent (OTA) business is declining in part due to…

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March classroom―economic trends

March 3, 2015
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March classroom―economic trends

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: Explore the online travel industry (OTA). Compare the offers of Expedia and Priceline.  Follow the consolidation trends…

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Global megatrends

March 3, 2015
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Global megatrends

Looking at the bigger picture in terms of megatrends will give the strategist ideas for new exploitable opportunities.  David Lancefield is a partner with PwC in the UK.  In this video clip, he outlines the major megatrends that his organization believes will affect the future of business and society. The trends are: (1) demographic and…

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

March 3, 2015
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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

This five minute video by IBT Partners, an international trade consultancy, covers the main aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed trade deal between the United States and the European Union. The TTIP is a cooperation project between these two large international markets that would ease market access through legislation, rules…

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Learning maps—beyond mind mapping

March 3, 2015
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Learning maps—beyond mind mapping

Learning maps add value to traditional visual mind mapping exercises.  Edynco offers a free version of its mapping software for one teacher account for one group of up to thirty students.  Included are three learning maps, three quizzes, three audio-video recordings, and 100 MB of cloud storage. Distribution of the maps is available on website/blogs,…

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Video screen capture for Chrome

March 3, 2015
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Video screen capture for Chrome

Google’s Chrome browser now can capture video, sound, and webcam images.  There are many screen casting offers available, but the simplicity of this offer makes it a useful tool for recording up to ten minutes of video capture.  Files are stored in Google Drive or on the computer hard disk and can be uploaded to…

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Cluster thinking updated

March 3, 2015
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Cluster thinking updated

Guzman and Stern believe that the quality of entrepreneurial ventures is the critical factor that distinguishes entrepreneurial growth patterns, rather than the number of these ventures in a given region. Looking at California for-profit business registrations and USPTO data over the period 2001 to 2011, they studied outcomes based upon a set of start-up characteristics…

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Global trends for strategic planning

March 3, 2015
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Global trends for strategic planning

PwC studies global trends.  As a business consultancy, they advise governments and businesses on international strategy positions.  In a recent whitepaper, they present a framework for understanding the complexity of events facing the strategy planner.  This exhibit shows the five megatrends juxtaposed with ten situations in which they have and will interact.  By forecasting the…

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RadioShack divests—Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing

March 3, 2015
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RadioShack divests—Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing

On 5 February this year, RadioShack Corporation filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The company started in 1921 in Boston and was acquired by Tandy Corporation in 1962.  Over the years, products sold evolved from DIY for radio enthusiasts to cell phones and assorted accessories.  The company lost its market share due to rapidly changing technology…

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