Monthly Archives: September 2015

Skill obsolescence – staying relevant

September 1, 2015
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Skill obsolescence – staying relevant

Cursive writing is out; map-reading is out; searching a book index is out.  Required skills for the marketplace are changing and yet, not all skills are this dated.  At what point do we decide that certain skills will continue to have future value, even if it appears that they are obsolete for the moment? According…

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September classroom―disruption

September 1, 2015
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September classroom―disruption

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: Airbnb appears to be disrupting the corporate business lodging industry. Investigate two business hotel chains and compare…

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Intellectual property value—lessons from the potato chip

September 1, 2015
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Intellectual property value—lessons from the potato chip

Who did you think invented the potato chip?  The origin of this staple of national and international cuisine is credited to George Crum (1853) in the US under the name Saratoga chips and to William Kitchiner (1822) in the UK, where it is known as a crisp. There is some discussion that Crum’s sister, Katie…

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Airbnb explains survival

September 1, 2015
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Airbnb explains survival

Co-founder of Airbnb, Joe Gebbia, discusses the company history and strategy for surviving growth hurdles.  Their mission is to create a world where anyone can belong. The company defines the marketspace for information sharing in the lodging industry. As a disrupter in the lodging industry, the company sees its hosts as partners.  Looking forward, he…

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Mentoring and the startup

September 1, 2015
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Mentoring and the startup

Kim Kaupe is the co-founder of ZinePak, a marketing company that provides superfans of music, movies, sports, and brands with customized memorabilia packages. In this video clip, she discusses the importance of mentoring and explains how it breaks down into four different types of mentors: (1) a mentor who knows you personally and your business;…

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Volunteerism as a business model

September 1, 2015
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Volunteerism as a business model

SponsorChange.org is a new take on volunteerism, in which the volunteer works for student loan alleviation. Students volunteer to do the work at social impact organizations and philanthropists reward their services by funding student loan payments for completed projects. The kinds of projects offered create meaningful work experiences that might be useful for course credit. …

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Keeping abreast of teaching techniques

September 1, 2015
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Keeping abreast of teaching techniques

The Teaching Professor Tips App brings daily teaching tips and ideas to your smartphone.  The free app from Magna Publications, the higher education publisher that provides a platform for educators to share ideas and advice, pushes tidbits of gleaned materials covering strategies for assignments, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and others.  Users can share…

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Company internet strategies and their winning backstories

September 1, 2015
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Company internet strategies and their winning backstories

Every year in April-May, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences presents its Webby Awards for companies in the categories of websites, advertising & media, online film & video, mobile sites & apps, and social content/creativity/overall experience/engagement. The judges are over one thousand industry experts and technology innovators and the Webby Award is considered…

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Business leaders, data analytics, and organizational change

September 1, 2015
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Business leaders, data analytics, and organizational change

Changing organizations based solely upon intuition can get a leader into trouble.  In this recent Accenture study that looks at the past 15 years of data across 250 major organizational change programs (150 companies in 50 industries across 25 countries with over 850,000 employee inputs), two questions were addressed: (1) How can an organization tell…

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Disruption in corporate travel planning

September 1, 2015
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Disruption in corporate travel planning

Airbnb entered the corporate market in July 2014 and has since acquired more than 250 corporate users for its unique home sharing rental solutions originally targeted for the personal travel market.  Now, it attacks head on the traditional business lodging industry by offering corporate services.  The new addition to its corporate services as of July…

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