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Uber employment tribunal: Ruling due in London - BBC News

Uber employment tribunal: Ruling due in London - BBC News | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Uber drivers in London will learn later whether they are entitled to basic employment rights.
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  1. Are there ethical or human rights implications in this Uber employment case?
  2. Do you agree that Uber drivers are set employed and hence entitled to take breaks and holidays when they want or should basic employment rights apply to all Uber drivers?
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Lloyds Bank digital transformation chief– ‘we are in danger of just becoming the plumbing’

Lloyds Bank digital transformation chief– ‘we are in danger of just becoming the plumbing’ | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Banks are in danger of “just becoming the plumbing” if they don’t work out their new role in the financial eco-system as the storm of payment innovations continues to rain down on the industry, according to Lloyds Bank head of digital transformation Terry Cordeiro.
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http://www.londonlovesbusiness.com/business-news/tech/five-amazing-payment-innovations-that-could-change-the-way-you-do-business/8409.article

 

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HR Magazine - Should HR rebrand to talent management?

HR Magazine - Should HR rebrand to talent management? | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
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http://www.employment-studies.co.uk/news/does-%E2%80%98talent%E2%80%99-help-or-hinder


Questions for discussion


  1. What is the role of the human resource function within an organisation?
  2. What KPI’s would you use to measure the performance of such a function?
  3. Do you believe that the term Human resource management has unfortunate connotations and that the function should be re-branded?
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Standing out at a franchise exhibition

Standing out at a franchise exhibition | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Exhibitions can be highly rewarding for a franchisor and can attract a wealth of potential franchisees. But how can a franchisor make an exhibition work for their brand?
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  1. A trade exhibition is one method of B2B marketing.  What other marketing channels are available?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of the channels you have named?
  3. Why do you think that exhibitions should be particularly effective for marketing franchises?
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YouGov Profiler: What are the vital statistics of an average reader of The Independent?

YouGov Profiler: What are the vital statistics of an average reader of The Independent? | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
As anyone watching the latest herd of hapless halfwits negotiate their way around the BBC’s The Apprentice will know, you ignore the market research at your peril. Week after week they go out there, ask members of the public what they think of whatever half-baked idea they have put on the table, get told in no uncertain terms what said members of the public think only to ignore the findings and press on regardless. Invariably, they come unstuck. Proof that market research is an invaluable tool for any business? Perhaps.
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  1. What is the purpose of marketing research?
  2. How reliable do you believe the data collected by YouGov will be for marketers?
  3. What precautions should a product manager take when using the data from a survey such as those conducted by YouGov?
  4. What is meant by the term socio-economic groups?
  5. What are the groups in common usage?
  6. Why should the profiles produced by YouGov be better than the traditional socio-economic groups?
  7. Look at a product you know well on the YouGov site and see if you agree with the profile
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HR Magazine - Trust is key to good leadership

HR Magazine - Trust is key to good leadership | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
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  1. How important do you think  trust is in leadership and management?
  2. Do you think the value awarded to 'trust'  will be different in different cultures? 
  3. Discuss what the following quote implies about good and effective management

    A practice of leadership is needed that supports the individual at all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual as well as intellectual – to free themselves to do meaningful, connected, transformative work.”

    (Amanda, Sinclair, 2007, Leadership for the Disillusioned, Moving beyond myths and heroes to lead, that liberates, Allen & Unwin)


Further reading

http://blog.business.westminster.ac.uk/executive-development/2014/05/07/interview-with-dr-katalin-illes-leadership-and-culture/


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Coca-Cola’s strategy: heritage with ‘digital backbone’

Coca-Cola’s strategy: heritage with ‘digital backbone’ | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
The future of Coca-Cola's marketing lies in experimentation with new media channels and technology, says global boss of sparkling brands Katie Bayne.
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  1. The point is made in the article that Coke needs to; ‘respect its heritage while being recognised as up-to-date’. How do you believe that the company can do this without making modifications to the product?
  2. The contour bottle will be 100 years old in 2016.  How do you believe that coke could capitalise upon this whilst still demonstrating that they are up-to-date?
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Breon Corcoran: For the Betfair boss, a good Cheltenham is a safe bet

Breon Corcoran: For the Betfair boss, a good Cheltenham is a safe bet | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Finally, the snowdrops and daffodils are out, spring is in the air — and Cheltenham is round the corner. For horse-racing fans, the wait is almost over. Throughout the winter, they’ve been counting down the days to the Festival.
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  1. To what extent do you think the success that Mr Corcoran appears to be enjoying at Betfair is due to his varied background prior to joining the company as CEO.
  2. It appears that he has turned to company around since the initial IPO which was, ‘a disaster; the shares had halved’.  What personal characteristics do you believe are necessary for someone ot be able to do that with an organisation?
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Battle of the Brands: Which Famous Rival Company Has Better Marketing?

Battle of the Brands: Which Famous Rival Company Has Better Marketing? | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Check out how six big brands match up against their biggest rivals with regard to market share, branding strategy, social media presence, and more.
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  1. For each of the airs of competitors it seems that there are differences in how the companies present themselves on social media.  What is meant by the term, ‘brand personality’?
  2. The emphasis of the burger companies compared to the battery companies is different.  Why do you believe that to be the case?
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The rebranding of Thistle Hotels: Every Hotels

The rebranding of Thistle Hotels: Every Hotels | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Every Hotels opened its first property this week – every hotel Piccadilly, formally the Thistle Piccadilly and Tom Otley caught up with its CEO Richard Sofer to discuss rebranding, wifi and plans for expansion
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http://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Business/glh-launches-limited-4-star-brand-every-hotels


Questions for discussion


  1. What advantages does a hotel gain from having strong brand?
  2. What risks do glh take by going through this re-branding exercise?
  3. What does the brand ‘every hotel’ mean to you?
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We ignore creativity at our peril

We ignore creativity at our peril | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
The Academy Awards have become a (not especially accurate) measure of the UK’s cultural standing in the world.
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http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/does-boredom-lead-to-great-ideas?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=eslmedia-londoneveningstandard


Questions for discussion


  1. Do you agree with Sir Martin Sorrell that creativity is important to all businesses regardless of the industry in which they operate?
  2. How can organisations encourage creativity amongst their staff?
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Google Glass failure 'celebrated' in risk-taking culture

Google Glass failure 'celebrated' in risk-taking culture | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Google Glass has had its investment cut back resulting in a management reshuffle, but the failure is likely to be celebrated...
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  1. Do you believe that Google really celebrates failure?
  2. How would you qualify the ‘failure’ that Google appears to  celebrate?
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Profile: Theo Paphitis

Profile: Theo Paphitis | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
The Dragons' Den veteran reveals what he wants from today's marketers.
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Please note you will need to register with Marketing Week to read the article & watch the interview but it is free & worthwhile.


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  1. Despite his comment that he is ‘a shopkeeper’, the three main businesses in which Mr. Paphitis is involved are quite different to what extent do you believe this is an issue?
  2. Do you believe that there are any synergies between the three businesses?
  3. Mr. Paphitis makes the comment that, once he hands over the management of Boux Avenue to  a new COO in April he will be ‘unemployed’ and that he may well look for another acquisition.  Why do you think he would want to do this, bearing in mind his personal wealth?
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Arcadia paid £2m to favoured BHS staff - BBC News

Arcadia paid £2m to favoured BHS staff - BBC News | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Panorama investigation finds that Sir Philip Green's Arcadia paid £2m to favoured BHS staff.
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After Six Nations debacle, Scotland could do with some independence

After Six Nations debacle, Scotland could do with some independence | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Six Nations collapse against Ireland that upset England was no conspiracy – it was caused by having players unable to think for themselves
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  1. The article seems to imply that there should be more than one leader within the team.  Do you believe that this is true?
  2. Although this would appear to be important in team sports do you believe that the same is true of other organisations?
  3. How might an organisation encourage leadership skills amongst their staff?
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Gateley gets blue chip backing for first UK law firm IPO

Gateley gets blue chip backing for first UK law firm IPO | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
City fund managers including Schroders Investment Management and Miton Group have backed the pioneering float of Britain’s first listed corporate law
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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/new-city-boss-im-capping-my-pay-and-giving-all-staff-chance-to-share-in-our-profits-10312430.html

 

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  1. Traditionally, law firms are partnerships rather than limited liability companies quoted on the stock exchange.  What differences can the management of Gateley expect to have to face in the light of their flotation.
  2. What do you believe will be the differences in culture between a partnership and a quoted company?
  3. What problems arise for organisations where there is an individual bonus scheme in place?
  4. How might those problems be mitigated?
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Jon Huntsman talks egg boxes and saving lives

Jon Huntsman talks egg boxes and saving lives | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” That is what Jon Huntsman Senior, the self-m
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  1. What do you believe drives Jon Huntsman to act in the way that he does?
  2. What do you think of the comment he makes about the title of his latest book?
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Toulon deserve plaudits for third European title in a row

Toulon deserve plaudits for third European title in a row | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Despite the many criticisms of Toulon, the club have done their homework and acquired the right individual talent to succeed
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  1. Brian Moore makes the point that; “…that money simply thrown at internationally renowned players will not translate into titles. What is required is the careful selection of those players who will fit into a club’s character.”  To what extent do you believe this is also true for commercial organisations?
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Morrisons sacks half its senior management team

Morrisons sacks half its senior management team | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
New boss David Potts fires five senior directors in bid to save struggling supermarket
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Lucy Mangan: It’s official: there's no such thing as the weekend any more

Lucy Mangan: It’s official: there's no such thing as the weekend any more | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Of all the things I have trouble explaining to my parents — the iPad, house prices, why neither I nor my husband has a pension, the fact that they can now pause/fast forward/rewind ordinary telly — the greatest of all is how modern time works.
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  1. To what extent does the HR department have a duty of care to employees to ensure that they do not work continuously as described in the article?
  2. The article describes the changing pattern of shopping that has been caused by the demise of the weekend and suggests that this will have an impact on takings.  How can bricks and mortar retailers successfully compete with the shift to on-line shopping?
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The future of global fintech

The future of global fintech | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
The global fintech industry has seen some remarkable developments since we launched Level39 two years ago. But what of the future?
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http://www.cityam.com/211001/do-not-fear-our-new-robot-overlords-editor-s-letter


http://www.theeuropean-magazine.com/christoper-steiner/7226-algorithms-and-the-future-of-work


Questions for discussion


  1. To what extent do you believe that insurance companies should be allowed to use the information from your Facebook page when assessing the risk of insuring you?
  2. Potential employees use LinkedIn to promote their cv and to search for new positions.  To what extent do you believe potential employers should be permitted to use the information on your Facebook page when deciding who, and who not, to employ?
  3. To what extent do you believe that white collar work will be replaced by algorithms?
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Pru boss to head Credit Suisse

Pru boss to head Credit Suisse | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Prudential boss Tidjane Thiam is to leave the insurance giant to take the top job at Credit Suisse later this year.
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Zero-hours contracts "prevent European-level unemployment" - CMI

Zero-hours contracts "prevent European-level unemployment" - CMI | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Major UK business groups the CBI and IoD argue that work contracts with no guaranteed hours have been the UK’s saving grace amid jobs turmoil on the Continent.
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  1. What is meant by a zero hours contract?
  2. The article suggests that zero hours contracts are not necessarily a bad thing, and that they are only really an issue if there is an exclusivity clause in the contract.  What is meant by the term, ‘exclusivity clause’?
  3. Are zero hours contracts, without an exclusivity clause, necessarily a bad thing?
  4. What are the risks that a company incurs by employing staff of such contracts?
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Neil Clifford: Kurt Geiger boss and ‘Master of Nothing’ found that selling luxury shoes fitted him perfectly

Neil Clifford: Kurt Geiger boss and ‘Master of Nothing’ found that selling luxury shoes fitted him perfectly | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Neil Clifford looks at my feet and murmurs: “They do say you can tell a man by his shoes.”
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  1. To what extent do you believe that Neil Cliffords success is due to his upbringing?
  2. Mr. Clifford obviously has a passion for shoes.  How important do you think that passion is to his success as the CEO of Kurt Geiger?
  3. Reading the article is seems as if Mr. Clifford is has many of the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur even though he runs a large organisation.  To what extent do you think that is an important contributor to his personal success?
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James Ashton: Why Premier League football is priceless for the broadcasters

James Ashton: Why Premier League football is priceless for the broadcasters | Insights into Managing a Business and the Management of Change | Scoop.it
Jeremy Darroch and Gavin Patterson insist it is just friendly rivalry. The pair of chief executives who respectively run Sky and BT have plenty in common: they send their children to the same Surrey school and both cut their teeth at grocery giant Procter & Gamble — Patterson marketing Pantene shampoo, Darroch selling Clearasil and Vicks VapoRub. Now they are united in another common cause: driving the cost of Premier League football rights into the stratosphere.
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  1. Why are the broadcasters, Sky and BT, prepared to pay such high fees for the rights to broadcast premier league football?
  2. In the article is states that, “The City says Sky can take £200 million in costs out of the business and push through £100 million in price rises — the equivalent of £1 per month for every Sky Sports customer — to make up most of the more than £300 million extra it has ended up bidding.”  How likely do you think it is that customers will defect from Sky when faced with this price rise?  Please justify your answer.
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