‘The dismantling of Bombardier’: Company abandons commercial aerospace, eyes focus on private jets as sale of train unit said to loom

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Description: The business jet division could soon be all that’s left of the storied Quebec plane and train manufacturer that’s shedding assets to pay off debt Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/the-dismantling-of-bombardier-company-abandons-commercial-aerospace-eyes-focus-on-private-jets-as-sale-of-train-unit-said-to-loom Questions for discussion: How is the firm fixing its balance sheet? Do you think the firm can survive? Is it a… Read more »

The Woman Rising From Goldman Trader to Its Face on Wall Street

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Description: One after the other as the morning wore on, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s most senior leaders — all men — took turns on stage describing their plan to restore its dimmed star. Much of it rests on a woman who’s being groomed to join them. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 13, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-02-13/the-woman-rising-from-goldman-trader-to-its-face-on-wall-street Questions for… Read more »

Disruption 2020: An Interview With Clayton M. Christensen

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Description: With technology and capital rapidly increasing the pace of innovation, Christensen’s thinking is more relevant today than ever. What do we know now about the power of disruption and where it’s taking us? Source: SloanReview.mit.edu Date: Feb 04, 2020 Link: https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/an-interview-with-clayton-m-christensen/?utm_source=El1&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Chris0220 Questions for discussion: What are the important lessons directed at managers, marketers and investors? Which… Read more »

Soul of Business

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #707 – Host: Mitch Joel. Rishad Tobaccowala is a Senior Adviser to the Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s largest marketing, communications and advertising network with 80,000 employees. Most recently, Rishad served as its Chief Growth Officer and Chief Strategist, where he helped acquire and grow the business through… Read more »

Hemp Prices Plunge as CBD Demand Falls Short: Cannabis Weekly

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Description: It may not be apparent when you’re spending $70 on CBD foot cream, but hemp prices are plunging amid a “grossly oversupplied” market, according to the head of the industry’s first price provider. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 26, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-26/hemp-prices-plunge-as-cbd-demand-falls-short-cannabis-weekly?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Explain price movements in this commodity. How can the industry deal with the… Read more »

Former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf barred from industry, to pay $17.5 million for sales scandal

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Description: The U.S. government announced Thursday that former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has been banned from ever working at a bank again and will pay $17.5 million for scandals in which millions of fake accounts were set up to meet sales quotas. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/former-wells-fargo-ceo-stumpf-barred-from-industry-to-pay-17point5-million-over-sales-scandal.html Questions for discussion: What are… Read more »

General Electric is the ‘ultimate show-me’ industrials stock, strategist warns

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Description: A one-time beaten-down laggard of the industrials sector has renewed life. General Electric shares have raced nearly 30% higher during the past three months, topping the XLI industrials ETF over that stretch, as its turnaround efforts take root. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/24/ge-is-the-ultimate-show-me-industrials-stock-strategist-warns.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the strategy proposed in… Read more »

How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing

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Description: How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/17/how-quantum-computing-works-google-ibm-dwave-amazon.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key ideas and issues facing the firms involved in the quantum computing environment. What are some of the applications and opportunities, according to the report?

How American Apparel came back from the brink of death

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Description: How American Apparel came back from the brink of death Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/16/american-apparel-has-a-new-online-retail-store-following-bankruptcy.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the history of the firm focusing on the key issues that affected its rise and fall? Do you think the firm can rise again? What would you advise management?

Lululemon used to be a niche player, now some think it could be the next Nike

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Description: For six years, between 2011 and 2017, Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s stock looked as if it was tapped out. The yogawear company was already an incredible success for investors, who backed it from its US$14 IPO in 2007, but further growth was a concern. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/lululemon-used-to-be-a-niche-player-now-some-think-it-could-be-the-next-nike Questions for discussion:… Read more »