Monthly Archives: March 2012

Mosaic Me―building connections for teaching effectiveness

March 12, 2012
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Mosaic Me―building connections for teaching effectiveness

What factors affect teacher effectiveness?  In the February 12th issue of The Chronicle, Jeffrey Young presents the approaches of two professors, Wesch and Sorensen.  The article purports to show the difference between a high-tech and a no-tech teaching style.  Of particular interest in this juxtaposition of styles is the discussion of how people learn.  One…

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Wind-powered data farms business model

March 12, 2012
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Wind-powered data farms business model

Baryonyx Corporation believes in wind-powered data farms and is committed to spending $280 million in the next ten years on a 600,000 square foot, wind-powered only, data center in Texas. Its WindData unit will operate the data center. Center tenants will benefit from the vertical integration of wind source, supply and end use facilities provided…

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Google strategy on wind and solar renewable energies

March 12, 2012
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Google strategy on wind and solar renewable energies

Google, Inc. manages an interesting renewable energy strategy. In the early days (2007), Google invested in research projects for producing renewable energy that would be cheaper than coal. It abandoned this strategy in November 2011 in order to focus on deployment projects in wind and solar that will power their data centers, the primary energy…

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March classroom activities―renewable energy strategy

March 12, 2012
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March classroom activities―renewable energy strategy

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Companies that are energy-consumers have varying renewable energy strategies.  Conduct a study of the major competitors in an industry of your choice.  Your study should include the renewable energy strategy, the justification for this strategy, the tangible results of this…

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Professional user-entrepreneur changes the world

March 12, 2012
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Professional user-entrepreneur changes the world

Medtronic, founded in Minneapolis by Bakken and Hermundslie, began as a medical equipment repair operation.  The relationships formed with medical professionals led to the shift in focus to building medical research instruments.  One of their research contacts, Dr. Walton Lillehei, needed a small, battery-powered device to stimulate damaged patient hearts during surgery.  The collaboration resulted…

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Strategic assets

March 12, 2012
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Strategic assets

What makes your firm special?  Cliff Bowman, Professor of Strategic Management and author of the Bowman’s Strategy Clock, suggests that understanding what one’s clients value should be the starting point for answering this question.  In the video clip, Bowman presents an argument for building and protecting strategic assets and capabilities.  He discusses sources of advantage…

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Online proofreading for writing success

March 12, 2012
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Online proofreading for writing success

Improving writing skills preoccupies both instructors and students.  This free online proofreading service provides instant evaluation of submissions for plagiarism, spelling & grammar, style & word choice, readability, title validation and vocabulary selection.   Linguistic professionals develop and maintain the proprietary software service that runs on a Linux-based operating system.  Papers are not kept in any…

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Mosaic images for online interest

March 12, 2012
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Mosaic images for online interest

Collages stimulate visual-learner interest.  The Image Mosaic Generator uses your photo submission to create a digital collage that can be viewed online from 25%-200% of the original scale and is downloadable for free.  The pixilated images used are from Flickr and remain the property of their respective owners.  There are many online mosaic generators to…

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The strategy of reputation

March 12, 2012
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The strategy of reputation

In addition to costs and differentiation, authors Carlisle and Faulkner claim that reputation matters for all organizations, with the exception of commodity producers.  They apply the Faulkner/Bowman customer matrix (Strategy Clock) to understanding the effects CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)  practices can have on reputation and cost/differentiation advantages.  In this theoretical piece, they propose that the…

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Bowman’s Strategy Clock―extending Porter

March 12, 2012
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Bowman’s Strategy Clock―extending Porter

Responding to researcher desires to understand how organizations compete, Bowman and Faulkner extended the classic Porter generic strategies of cost leadership, product differentiation, and market segmentation with their own model.  The Bowman’s Strategy Clock increases the strategic positions from three to eight.  They claim that this explains the various strategy choices in terms of cost/perceived…

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