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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August classroom―seasonality and family business

August 4, 2014
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August classroom―seasonality and family business

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: Review this month’s research article on seasonality in the teaching hospital environment.  Find another example where seasonality…

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Presentations of learning

August 4, 2014
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Presentations of learning

With so much to accomplish in capstone strategy courses, there never seems to be enough time to celebrate the learning.  Whether on a semester or quarter system, community reflection on learning seems to suffer under the pressure to complete projects and simulation games.  I use a couple of techniques that might be useful for your…

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Allergan in takeover battle―strategy tactics

May 10, 2014
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Allergan in takeover battle―strategy tactics

Canadian pharmaceuticals company, Valeant, wants to take-over Allergan, an American company based in Irvine, California.  Behind this battle is Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund owner, Bill Ackman, who recently purchased 10% of Allergan’s stock just prior to Valeant’s $46 billion bid for Allergan.  Allergan responded to the attack with a poison pill defense in…

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Tracking your airport navigation and purchasing patterns

May 10, 2014
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Tracking your airport navigation and purchasing patterns

The UK takes big data seriously.  Recently, the London City Airport rolled out a technology tracking project that follows people from the time of entry to the airport to final departure.  The capture technology connects to various apps that collect patterns of time use, purchasing, communication and movement.  Theoretically, managers of the airport intend to…

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