Fresh & Easy to leave the US market?

January 14, 2013
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Fresh & Easy to leave the US market?

After five years of stiff competition for its Fresh & Easy brand in the US, Tesco Plc. announced in December that it is reviewing its commitment to staying in the US market.  Returning to its roots in the UK, Tesco CEO, Phil Clarke is positioning the firm to service its home market first and then…

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Year-end reflections

December 4, 2012
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Year-end reflections

This year we have seen some improvement in our national economy.  In our educational institutions, we struggle continuously with relevancy and sustainability.  In a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article, staff writer Alison Damast discusses the changes in business school masters programs toward specialized MS degrees in business competencies that are closely tied to job market expectations. …

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Business models revisited―The daily deal

December 4, 2012
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Business models revisited―The daily deal

  The “grab a deal” offer is almost as ubiquitous as the “win a sweepstake” offer.  Email boxes and Facebook accounts fill rapidly with these advertising pitches to market goods and services.  The attempt to reach eyeballs through online ads has shifted toward trying to reach pocketbooks through onsite visits.  Restaurants, cruises, hotels, physical goods,…

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December classroom activities―the details make a difference

December 4, 2012
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December classroom activities―the details make a difference

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Disruptive innovation in the nonprofit environment is the subject of this month’s news article.  Choose two other nonprofits in which disruptive innovation can be identified.  Describe the company and its innovation.  What makes it disruptive?  Is this a sustainable contribution? …

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The world is not flat―World 3.0

December 4, 2012
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The world is not flat―World 3.0

                      In a recent TED talk, Pankaj Ghemawat of the IESE business school in Barcelona, Spain, explains that globalization does not mean that the world is just one market.  He argues that the notion that economies are open is really a myth and that fears…

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Competitiveness and the US

December 4, 2012
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Competitiveness and the US

                        Harvard University professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin study competitiveness. In a recent interview with The Economist, Porter discusses what can be done rapidly to increase US productivity. The entire article in The Economist suggests that the research results from surveys and conversations…

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