Huge Merger

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To keep up with the changing technology environment, computer maker Dell will buy the storage provider EMC in a deal worth about $67 billion, the companies announced today, Oct. 12. Questions: 1. What are some of the benefits of the new combined company? 2. How much is Dell going to pay per share of EMC?… Read more »

American Apparel Bankruptcy

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American Apparel has been in the middle of a turnaround effort that includes store closings and some layoffs. The company also faces several lawsuits from ousted CEO Dov Charney. Now they face the bankruptcy court. Questions: 1. What were the allegations against previous CEO Charney and what types of financial strains has this put on… Read more »

Corporate Culture Sinks the Firm

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The chief executive of Toshiba and two of his predecessors resigned, along with several lesser executives, over accusations that they drove the company to overstate its earnings by $1.2 billion over the last seven years. The figure is equal to about a third of the pretax profits that Toshiba reported during that period. Questions: 1…. Read more »

The Slump of the Big Mac?

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According to the CEO of McDonalds, Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s has an “urgent need to evolve” after unveiling another slide in worldwide sales, which is the ninth month in a row that sales have fallen at the fast-food chain. Questions: 1. How does McDonalds propose to get out of this slump? 2. What is Mr. Easterbrook’s… Read more »

Financial Worries Spark Divorce Settlement Appeals

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In late 2014, oil tycoon Harold Hamm called a divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Sue Ann Arnall, equitable and fair, awarding her about $1 billion. Since then his holdings in oil have decreased dramatically and he argues that her award is a substantially larger proportion than he first agreed to. Questions: 1. Who is Harold… Read more »

Alienating Customers?

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Microsoft confirmed it will acquire the studio that created the hit “sandbox” game Minecraft for $2.5 billion, a move that could help bolster the company’s Xbox and mobile ambitions. Questions: 1. According to the article, how does this acquisition strengthen Microsoft’s battle with other technology driven companies? 2. Why does the video hypothesize that Microsoft… Read more »

Is Herbalife a Ponzi Scheme?

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Herbalife is a company that sells weight loss shakes, vitamins and other similar products worth billions of dollars. The company has been around for more than 30 years. It is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. So what could be more legitimate? Bill Ackman, who manages a hedge fund thinks the whole thing is… Read more »

Fun with Words: Does Rightsizing Make You Feel Better Than Being Fired?

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As the language of layoffs continues to evolve, David Gillen and Will Storey question whether or not you can really sugar-coat being fired. Questions: 1. According to Geoffrey Nunberg from U.C. Berkley, where does the term “you’re fired” really come from? 2. What are the three categories that Nunberg says are associated with the language… Read more »

Martha Stewart- Wildcard, Visionary, but Not a CEO

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There are very few corporate leaders whose interests are more closely aligned with their shareholders’ than the homemaking icon, Martha Stewart. She owns 26 million shares and controls nearly 90 percent of the voting rights of her company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. While the company lost $50.7 million dollars in the most recent quarter, this… Read more »