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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May classroom―operational efficiency as strategy

May 10, 2014
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May classroom―operational efficiency as strategy

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 the news article on the London City Airport in this month’s blog entry.  Find other examples of the Internet of Things (IoT) application in which big data is being used…

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The value of necessary redundancy in course design

May 10, 2014
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The value of necessary redundancy in course design

Capstone strategy courses tend to cover a lot of material in one term.  Quarter system courses present a challenge to course designers, because of the amount of material that needs to be covered in a short period of time.  Active learning tools, such as strategy games, give an opportunity for students to confront theory and…

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Creating valuable conversations through discussion forums

April 8, 2014
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Creating valuable conversations through discussion forums

The coming of changes in the Common Core Standards will affect our university classrooms very soon.  During Spring break this year, I attended the CUE (Computer Using Educators) annual spring conference in Palm Springs, California. Many of the sessions explored how the Common Core affects teaching/learning in the K-12 classroom.  Surprisingly, several sessions covered how…

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April classroom―mergers, acquisitions and competitive strategy

April 8, 2014
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April classroom―mergers, acquisitions and competitive strategy

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 of the toy market for construction toys.  Look at the trends over the past…

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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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