Monthly Archives: November 2015

When data reporting confronts ethical behavior

November 6, 2015
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When data reporting confronts ethical behavior

We know that how we present data often can affect the audience’s conclusions about the data.  In a recent article from Travel Weekly on the Department of Transportation’s on-time stats for airline arrivals, the argument is made that the airline industry pads its own statistics in order reap cost benefits, which may or may not…

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The Dew Nation drives massive growth of mysterious Mountain Dew

November 6, 2015
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The Dew Nation drives massive growth of mysterious Mountain Dew

                          What is the core competency or capability that underlies the success of Mountain Dew? Drinkers of the sugary, caffeinated, colored, flavored, and carbonated beverage remain loyal in spite of the overall decline in sales across the soda industry.  Owned by PepsiCo, the…

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November classroom―drivers of globalization and ethical choices

November 6, 2015
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November classroom―drivers of globalization and ethical 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 based on one of the related news headlines at the end of this month’s…

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MSU module on Key Industry Drivers of Globalization

November 6, 2015
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MSU module on Key Industry Drivers of Globalization

Michigan State University’s International Business Center presents a free, twenty minute online learning module on the key industry drivers of globalization.  The module addresses: key industry drivers of globalization, how to achieve global success, and basic forces behind globalization. Additional resources include current news headlines as well as an extensive list of academic, professional, and…

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Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation

November 6, 2015
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Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Innovation

Jerry Kaplan holds many titles including Fellow at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.  In this video clip, he presents his arguments for new laws to define owner liability and accountability limits in light of recent advancement in robotic artificial intelligence.  This is an important subject to address, given that the field of robotics is…

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Collaborating with data on the web

November 6, 2015
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Collaborating with data on the web

Plotly’s online offer provides analytical and graphic tools for sharing across the Internet. The free version includes one private grid/plot that only the subscriber can view and share privately with other logged-on Plotly users. A public grid/plot can be viewed by anyone and is visible to search engines.  A secret grid/plot can be viewed only…

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Task-organization with batching email

November 6, 2015
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Task-organization with batching email

The relentless dinging of arriving email might be distracting our focus on the current project.  Google Gmail has added a filter called BatchedInbox that is designed to harness the timing of email arrivals into the inbox.  The filter can be customized for specific senders and specific times when content should be made available in the…

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Is research a short term game play now?

November 6, 2015
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Is research a short term game play now?

In a recent study of private research investments in cancer research, authors Budish, Roin and Williams posit that research investments are moving away from long-term projects due to factors directly related to characteristics of the Intellectual Property protection system in the US.  Of particular interest to the researchers is the length of time between initial…

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Biomedical Big-data management–business model concerns

November 6, 2015
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Biomedical Big-data management–business model concerns

One of the major concerns in biomedical big data management is that of the cost of management in an era of decreasing federal research funding.  Research generates large volumes of data that requires on-going maintenance, annotation, and storage.  With changes over time in how data is accessed and shared across disciplines, determining the sustainable value…

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Manufacturing weakens in US and globally

November 6, 2015
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Manufacturing weakens in US and globally

Monthly US manufacturing data from the US Census Bureau reveals that October manufacturing was at a 2 ½ year low, while new orders were on the rise. The Atlanta Fed reported that the US economy is expected to grow 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter, in spite of weaker consumer spending and weaker equipment investment…

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