FOMC Modifies forward guidance

April 8, 2015
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FOMC Modifies forward guidance

The Federal Reserve controls monetary policy in the US.  Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve System, reports on the first quarter meeting results of the Federal Open Market Committee.  The forward guidance report gives the general public a review of the FOMC’s intentions. In its recent guidance report, the FOMC observed that the strengthening…

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It’s spring and French air traffic controllers strike!

April 8, 2015
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It’s spring and French air traffic controllers strike!

French air traffic controller unions are unhappy with French government restructuring plans and the increase in retirement age from 57 to 59 for air traffic controllers.  Strikes are planned throughout the month of April and May by the largest union, the SNCTA.  The effects of these strikes continue to reel through the airline industry with…

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Reducing industry uncertainty – Shell and BG Group agree to merge

April 8, 2015
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Reducing industry uncertainty – Shell and BG Group agree to merge

Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group (formerly British Gas) agreed to merge on 8 April for a new valuation of £47B.   This merger increases the size and diversification of the oil and gas investment portfolio for Royal Dutch Shell, which already has a £177B market capitalization.  The new deal will add proven oil and gas…

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When accessibility laws and technology constraints disrupt strategy course design

April 8, 2015
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When accessibility laws and technology constraints disrupt strategy course design

Many strategic management courses today use online simulation games to provide experiential learning components to the course content.  Appropriate simulation games are created using non-accessible flash that cannot be converted or read by any software that blind students use to read websites.  When the course learning activities involve teams and materials that can only be…

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April classroom―trade, acquisitions, mergers and value

April 8, 2015
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April classroom―trade, acquisitions, mergers and value

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: Take the technology licensing module listed in this month’s video clips. Follow through with an analysis of…

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AroundMe expands choices

April 8, 2015
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AroundMe expands choices

Finding local services on the smartphone can take a lot of time and is not always successful.  The AroundMe app for iOS, Android, and Windows phones can help.  The app is simple to use and works in over two hundred countries. The list of local services includes banks, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, hotels,…

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