Monthly Archives: November 2012

Capturing visual presentations for the classroom

November 1, 2012
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Capturing visual presentations for the classroom

Many online tools exist today for capturing video presentations.  The Screencast-O-Matic offer comes in a free and paid version.  The recording system is simple.  It captures web cam, desktop and audio that can be saved in several popular formats for uploading to YouTube as well as the course learning system.  When students find that they…

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Family business strategy in Finland

November 1, 2012
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Family business strategy in Finland

Rubber boots are a staple consumer product for regions that experience wet weather.   Nokian Footwear (Nokian Jalkineet), a Finnish boot manufacturer with a long history in Finnish rubber products, today focuses solely on high quality rubber boots.  Since the early 2000′s, due to an increase in manufacturing costs, it moved the production side of the…

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Luxury sales are up―signs of global economic recovery?

November 1, 2012
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Luxury sales are up―signs of global economic recovery?

LVMH reported its nine month earnings this month.  The €19.9 billion revenue represented a 22% gain over a comparable period in 2011.  The travel retailer, DFS Group Ltd., contributed the largest increase to the organic growth improvement with a total of € 5.452M.  DFS began in the 1960’s in Hong Kong and today is jointly…

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Business media―information sources for new case studies

November 1, 2012
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Business media―information sources for new case studies

Digital entertainment models continue to evolve rapidly, due to technology advances and generational preferences.  AlwaysOn, founded in 2003 by Tony Perkins, currently provides information on the top trends in digital media, on-demand computing and greentech industries.  Specializing in social networking, the organization runs specialized business events in which it connects physical and online attendees with…

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November classroom activities―economic swings, infrastructure investments

November 1, 2012
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November classroom activities―economic swings, infrastructure investments

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Review this month’s video clip interview with Union Pacific CEO, John Koraleski.  Conduct a study of the major railroads in the US today, focusing on their investments in the transportation infrastructure.  In beginning this research, a link of interest is…

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US infrastructure and the railroad―indicators of economic improvement

November 1, 2012
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US infrastructure and the railroad―indicators of economic improvement

Union Pacific CEO, John Koraleski, speaks to Geoff Colvin of CNNMoney about the role the railroad is playing in the economic recovery across the US.  Railroads are privately funded and pay for their own tracks.  One train can replace 300 trucks, thus shifting the transport infrastructure burden to the private sector.  In the follow-on video…

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Sage Cheshire Aerospace―design risk payoffs

November 1, 2012
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Sage Cheshire Aerospace―design risk payoffs

Red Bull Stratos captured imaginations with Felix Baumgartner’s free fall through the speed of sound barrier on October 14th.  While Red Bull pulled together the financing for this feat, Sage Cheshire is the prime contractor for the challenge. This engineering, design, research and manufacturing company faced several technical design challenges in this project, including working…

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Information graphics from a professional journalist’s perspective

November 1, 2012
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Information graphics from a professional journalist’s perspective

Alberto Cairo, author of The Functional Art: An introduction to information graphics and visualization (voices that matter), is an educator, author, and experienced international journalist who specializes in visual journalism and design.  Using maps, data sets, diagrams and related facts, the author demonstrates how they can be brought together to reveal new meaning.  In the profile…

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Visual communication of scientific data

November 1, 2012
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Visual communication of scientific data

Authors Felice Frankel and Angela dePace are two science researchers with a shared interest in visual communication through photography.  Both authors publish their artwork in addition to their discipline-specific research.  In this collaboration, the authors work with other design specialists to provide a hands-on guide for creating visual graphics for a variety of professional uses…

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Capitalizing in the classroom on election frenzy

November 1, 2012
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Capitalizing in the classroom on election frenzy

The election season provides us with some unique opportunities to reposition student discussions regarding business and government. A recent opinion piece in The New Yorker magazine http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/10/29/121029taco_talk_editors provides some interesting content for debate. Following on a tech tip from the August 2012 strategy blog (http://strategy.mhhe.com/?p=19056), helping students to decipher valid news from unsubstantiated opinion is…

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