Monthly Archives: October 2015

Vulnerability and course learning outcomes

October 5, 2015
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Lately, news reports focus on the long-term dangers of helicopter teaching and parenting. Students come to expect and believe they need multiple crutches to assist them in completing assignments. At the same time, educational institutions are expecting outcomes such as critical thinking that imply the student can demonstrate abilities individually and independent of helicoptering crutches. …

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Adidas retools its capabilities

October 5, 2015
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Adidas retools its capabilities

“At the Adidas Group, our love for sport drives who we are and what we do. Every day.” Adidas began in 1924 in Bavaria, Germany, as a small company dedicated to providing athletes with the best possible equipment.  Early gold medal winners in Europe were supplied by Adidas. The company split into Puma and Adidas…

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October classroom―strategy choices

October 5, 2015
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October classroom―strategy choices

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: Conduct a study of Adidas (see this month’s short case) and one of its direct competitors. What…

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John Fallon, CEO Pearson, explains its divestiture strategy

October 5, 2015
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John Fallon, CEO Pearson, explains its divestiture strategy

Pearson PLC, the multinational publishing and education company, recently completed sales of its subsidiaries, The Financial Times Group and The Economist Group.  As majority owner of these two news groups for over 58 years, the divestiture is in line with Pearson’s restructuring in order to become the major player in the education industry.  Pearson intends…

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Technology clusters, innovation, and emerging markets

October 5, 2015
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Technology clusters, innovation, and emerging markets

Dr. Gilbert discusses the origin of technology clusters, which usually form around prominent universities or companies. Companies attracted to these core companies and universities tend to follow on the innovation of the core, rather than develop their own breakthrough innovation, according to her research. In studying emerging markets in South Africa, she finds similar trends…

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Social media efficiency is possible

October 5, 2015
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Social media efficiency is possible

Social media management is a mainstream marketing activity that requires specific knowledge in order to maximize the power of its ability to reach consumers.  Determining the best and worst times to post on the various social media platforms depends upon the time and number of users online and in sharing mode.  Several free tools exist…

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Excel tips for analytics

October 5, 2015
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Excel tips for analytics

Mastering data transformation in Excel using the Paste Special function is a useful trick worth reviewing.  In this brief video clip, the author demonstrates the use of Paste Special to: change values, move rows to columns using transpose, change a column of numbers to percentages, and change a column of numbers to currency values. Author…

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Strategy guidelines for executives

October 5, 2015
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Strategy guidelines for executives

Copyrighted by Booz & Company, a member of the PwC network, The Executive Guide to Strategy is a compendium of articles, videos, and op-ed articles that address strategy crafting and implementation for business leaders. Authors include respected professionals from academia, consulting, and corporate business. While the approach to the content is practice-driven, the subjects covered…

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Dodd-Frank and executive compensation compliance

October 5, 2015
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Dodd-Frank and executive compensation compliance

  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 requires the US Securities and Exchange Commission to develop rules governing specific aspects of the US financial system. Executive compensation is one of the areas that concerns many stakeholders and which is expected to be addressed in upcoming legislation.  Forward-thinking companies are addressing…

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Kraft Heinz Co retrenches in August after its March merger

October 5, 2015
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Kraft Heinz Co retrenches in August after its March merger

In March 2015, Kraft and Heinz merged into the third-largest North American food company at a cost of $46B.  In August, the combined company entered into a cost-saving period with layoffs of 2,500 people in the US and Canada out of its 46,000 total work force.  When Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital first bought Heinz…

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