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Six Reasons Companies Should Embrace CSR

Six Reasons Companies Should Embrace CSR | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is not going to solve the world’s problems. If it were that easy, the problems would have been solved by now. Rather, CSR is a way for companies to benefit themselves while also benefiting society.
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Microsoft, Disney, Google and BMW have best customer service reputations according to study

Microsoft, Disney, Google and BMW have best customer service reputations according to study | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Microsoft, Disney, Google and BMW have the best social reputations in the world, according to a new report published by the Reputation...
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Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths

Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
US government scientists have for the first time found direct evidence of toxic exposure in the Gulf of Mexico

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BP oil spill can now cause problems for animal lovers as it has been found that dolphins are now dieing as an effect of the toxic from the BP oil spill

 

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Ministers follow Asda in setting minimum price for wine, beer and spirits - Telegraph

Ministers follow Asda in setting minimum price for wine, beer and spirits  - Telegraph | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Supermarkets are to be banned from selling wine, beer and spirits below a national "minimum price" under plans to be unveiled by ministers.
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Apple to refund $32.5m to parents

Apple to refund $32.5m to parents | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Apple will pay at least $32.5m (£19.9m) in refunds to parents whose children made in-app purchases without their consent.
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BBC NEWS | Business | Disney buys Pixar in $7.4bn deal

BBC NEWS | Business | Disney buys Pixar in $7.4bn deal | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Walt Disney agrees a $7.4bn deal to buy Pixar, the animation firm behind Toy Story and The Incredibles.
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Wm Morrison tables £3bn bid for Safeway - Telegraph

Wm Morrison tables £3bn bid for Safeway - Telegraph | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Morrison, the 72-year-old chairman of Bradford-based Wm Morrison, yesterday launched a new, recommended £3billion takeover bid for Safeway, 11 months after his original offer sparked a bidding war for the country's fourth-largest...
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The battle for Safeway                       

9 January 2003: Morrisons makes £2.9m bid for Safeway

14 January: Rivals Asda and Sainsbury's make it a three-way takeover battle

20 January: Billionaire Bhs owner Philip Green throws his hat into the ring

22 January: Tesco launches Safeway bid. US buyout specialist Kohlberg Kravis Roberts also expresses interest

26 September: Morrisons given go-ahead for bid after inquiry by UK competition watchdogs

15 December: Morrisons makes fresh £3bn offer for Safeway

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Was Sprint Buying Nextel One Of The Worst Acquisitions Ever At $35b?

Was Sprint Buying Nextel One Of The Worst Acquisitions Ever At $35b? | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Was Sprint buying Nextel one of the worst acquisitions ever at $35b? This question was originally answered on Quora by Marc Paul Daniels.
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Tesco brand likely to disappear in China after merger deal - Telegraph

Tesco brand likely to disappear in China after merger deal - Telegraph | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
The Tesco brand could disappear in China with supermarket group close to agreeing a merger of its operations in the country with the biggest Chinese retailer.
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The Top 10 Best (and Worst) Corporate Mergers of All Time... Or, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Top 10 Best (and Worst) Corporate Mergers of All Time... Or, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
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AOL merger was 'the biggest mistake in corporate history', believes Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes - Telegraph

AOL merger was 'the biggest mistake in corporate history', believes Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes - Telegraph | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Jeff Bewkes, the chairman and chief executive of Time Warner, has accepted that Time Warner's merger with AOL was "the biggest mistake in corporate history", but said it had helped the company focus on its strengths.
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In 2000, AOL announced that it was buying Time Warner for $160 billion to create the "world's largest media company," according to CNET. The combination didn't last long. In 2009, Time Warner separated entirely from AOL. Jerry Levin, who sold Time Warner to AOL, later told CNBC, "I presided over the worst deal of the century, apparently."

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The Merger That Worked: Compaq and Hewlett-Packard

The Merger That Worked: Compaq and Hewlett-Packard | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Technology pundits typically apply conventional wisdom (all big mergers are bad) rather than analytically look at whether there is a real fit between the two merging companies.
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The merge started off badly but improved over time

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RBS could be split into two banks

RBS could be split into two banks | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
The draft, unfinalised and unpublished report of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards recommends breaking up RBS into a good bank and bad bank.

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Cadbury adopts Fairtrade source

Cadbury adopts Fairtrade source | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
The Fairtrade movement hailed a major breakthrough yesterday with the announcement that Britain’s biggest-selling chocolate brand was switching to the ethical standard.

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Mohammad-Ali El-Zein's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:19 AM

Set a trend for the industry, which has been adopted by other brands. Helps to support farmers in developing countries.

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'Microsoft has best global CSR reputation' | News | Marketing Week

'Microsoft has best global CSR reputation' | News | Marketing Week | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
But report finds wider consumer trust in companies to deliver on their CSR promises has “dramatically” dropped over the last year.

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Starbucks: How Ethical Behavior Can Boost Business

Starbucks: How Ethical Behavior Can Boost Business | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Starbucks is considered one of the world’s most ethical companies (Smith, 2012).  Starbucks makes conscious efforts to be a responsible company and conduct business in an ethical manner.  It prides...
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Exposed: Primark's sweatshops that pay children just 60p a day

Exposed: Primark's sweatshops that pay children just 60p a day | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Since Primark opened its doors in Britain, thrifty fashionistas have been snapping up bargains. But the low-cost clothes come at a high price for children in Indian sweatshops.
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Horse meat scandal has had a lasting effect on how food is marketed | News | Marketing Week

Horse meat scandal has had a lasting effect on how food is marketed | News | Marketing Week | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
A year after the horse meat scandal, values including provenance, sourcing and sustainability are more important than ever.
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BBC News | The Company File | Wal-Mart bids for Asda

BBC News | The Company File | Wal-Mart bids for Asda | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
US retail giant Wal-Mart wants to take over UK group Asda for £6.7bn, busting Kingfisher's planned merger with the supermarket chain.
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Wendy's Breaks Up With Arby's, Sells To Equity Firm

Wendy's Breaks Up With Arby's, Sells To Equity Firm | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — The marriage of square burgers and roast beef sandwiches is about to end. Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc. said Monday that it will sell a majority stake in its struggling Arby's brand to Roark Capital Group, the Atlanta private equity firm.
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Apple Goes Social With Its Topsy Buyout

Apple Goes Social With Its Topsy Buyout | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Apple scores another win with its most recent acquisition. - Andrew Tonner - Tech and Telecom
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Takeovers and Mergers - one that went badly wrong (BMW and Rover)

Takeovers and Mergers - one that went badly wrong (BMW and Rover) | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
For the BUSS4 exam this June, it is useful to understand why a merger may fail to work and a retrospective look at BMW’s acquisition of Rover back in 1994 provides a good illustration of several possible pitfalls..
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How Culture ended the Daimler-Benz Chrysler Merger | resources

How Culture ended the Daimler-Benz Chrysler Merger | resources | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
How cultural issues and differences ended the Daimler-Benz merger with Chrysler of 1998.
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The merger failed due to:

Differences in corporate cultures and values

Lack of coordination

Severe lack of trust among the employees

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How eBay Fared in Latest Skype Deal

How eBay Fared in Latest Skype Deal | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
How much money eBay makes from Microsoft’s purchase of Skype depends in part on the amount it repatriates from overseas, although it is clear that eBay’s profit will be at least $800 million or so.
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Thought it would encourage eBay’s users to talk to one another rather than chat by e-mail but it did not work as planned.

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Apple Confirms Acquisition of Kinect Co-Creator PrimeSense - IGN

Apple Confirms Acquisition of Kinect Co-Creator PrimeSense - IGN | BUSS 4 | Scoop.it
Apple has acquired PrimeSense, the company responsible for the 3D-sensing technology found in the original Kinect for the Xbox 360.
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