Video Clips

Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

August 4, 2014
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Family business over time–The Stroh Brewing Company

Succession planning plays a significant role in family business sustainability.  In this video clip, Kerry Dolan of Forbes Magazine explains the demise of the family-run Stroh Brewing Company.  She observed that after several generations, family businesses often fail.  In the case of Stroh’s, the fourth generation Chairman, Peter Stroh, ushered in the eventual sale of…

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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

August 4, 2014
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Apple’s Acquisition Strategy

For the past twenty years, Apple has grown its revenue powerhouse with hardware and software offers through acquisition of relevant businesses.  This approach permits them to expand without having to invent everything themselves.  As it observes competitors, it identifies new markets and buys companies already in the business niche.  The latest purchases include Swell, Beats…

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Linking operation turnaround with passenger flow—government/business relations

May 10, 2014
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Linking operation turnaround with passenger flow—government/business relations

Matthew Hall, Chief Commercial Officer, London City Airport discusses the new tracking software installed at the airport, explaining the impact the data is expected to have on improving the customer experience across the spectrum of services offered.  As an important step in the Internet of Things (IoT) movement, this installation gives the airport access to…

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R&D innovation at Pepsico

May 10, 2014
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R&D innovation at Pepsico

As one of the world leaders in food products, Pepsico relies on its R&D department to innovate products that respond to changing customer tastes and habits. Dr. Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer at Pepsico, discusses the strategy used in his lab to meet these objectives.  Pepsico operates in over 200 countries and has dozens of…

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European merger faces antitrust hurdles―global dominance in cement

April 8, 2014
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European merger faces antitrust hurdles―global dominance in cement

The two video clips listed in the referenced links discuss the Holcim-LaFarge merger that is currently on the table for review.  Holcim of Switzerland and LaFarge of France have agreed to join forces,with Holcim taking a 53% share in the new business.  These two companies dominate the world cement manufacturing business.  Holcim’s strength is in…

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Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

April 8, 2014
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Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

In this interview with Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy, Thomson-Reuters Associate Editor, Antony Currie explores how stakeholder needs are being fulfilled through the application of merchant banking principles.  The Nature Conservancy acts as the environment’s bank, providing consultancy services to companies to help them achieve financial returns from developing green infrastructure.  Several examples…

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Consumer thinking and innovation

March 12, 2014
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Consumer thinking and innovation

Responding to or directing customer purchasing interests challenges the company to get good information before making product choices.  In the field of wearable technology, where interests and technological capability are chasing each other daily, marketing researchers also have to separate fad from sustainable benefit. At the innovation stage of the life cycle, wearable technology such…

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Innovation in recycling

March 12, 2014
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Innovation in recycling

Recycling is important in Finland.  As a member of the EU, it is required by the End of Life Vehicle Directive to recycle at least 85% of all vehicles that no longer are road-worthy and 95% by 2015.  At least 85% of each car must be repurposed. After reusable items are removed from the vehicle,…

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Forecasting―take the Bloomberg Businessweek quiz

February 10, 2014
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Forecasting―take the Bloomberg Businessweek quiz

Forecasting plays an important role in building strategy.  An awareness of global events and trends is necessary for understanding a business’ external environment.  This Bloomberg Businessweek quiz tests the reader’s knowledge of recent past events and statistics.  Twenty questions are presented, each on a separate slide that must be answered before moving to the next…

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Copyright law for academia–made simple

February 10, 2014
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Copyright law for academia–made simple

Knowing when to get use permission for materials is a matter of law.  In the campus environment, many items are posted on course learning systems and are subject to copyright protection regulations.  This video clip covers some of the situations in academia in which users can be confronted with the need to get permission.  Given…

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