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Target 3Q Income Down by Half; Stung by Costs of Canada Expansion

Target's stock dropped 3.46 percent today after the retailer reported third-quarter net income dropped by nearly half.

... "The retail price in Canada is much higher, compared to the retail price in the U.S.," said Minha Hwang, a management professor at McGill University in Montreal. "The Canadian price is about 20 percent higher compared to the U.S. price."

Read full article: MPR News, November 21, 2013

Published: 22 Nov 2013


Professor Vedat Verter was interviewed by Angela Kokott, host of Calgary Today – CHQR NEWS TALK 770 radio. The interview focused on the protective directive issued by Transport Minister Lisa Raitt requiring rail companies to inform municipalities about the volume and type of hazardous materials being shipped through their jurisdiction.

Listen to full interview (choose November 20, 5:00 PM, 47:00): CHQR 770, November 20, 2013

Published: 21 Nov 2013

Paying Attention to Small Decisions Pays Off?

In continuing my coverage of the ideas of Jeroen De Flander in The Execution Shortcut, let me first introduce the problem of missing prioritization information. It describes a situation in which those responsible for implementing a strategy have to balance two contradictory strategy elements and still make the right decision. In reality, there are many such situations and each gets in the way of successful strategy execution.

Published: 20 Nov 2013

Talking Management with Karl Moore: How GE Management Practices Have Changed

Professor Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University speaks to Tom Gentile, CEO of GE Healthcare Systems.

Read full transcript: The Globe and Mail, November 19, 2013

Published: 20 Nov 2013

Premium Drives Dating, Music Engagement, Revs

At the Mapping Mobile Conference at New York University’s Stern School of Business last week, panelists spoke about everything from consumer research to dating sites. One dominant takeaway is that people who are willing to pay for service to reduce advertising will generate a bigger pool of people willing to pay premium. The other grab: more and more subscribing, talking and listening is happening on mobile.

Published: 20 Nov 2013

Success Is What You Make It

What is success and how do you measure it? The experiences of a diversegroup of workers show how – and how much – they managed to balance career success with family responsibilities. Those who managed to strike the balance defined success on their own terms, had a strong sense of self and wereprepared to make trade-offs.

Published: 20 Nov 2013

Montreal Case Competition Teaches Chemistry & MBA Students Sustainability for the Real World

Last Fall, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) and the McGill Department of Chemistry in Montreal collaborated to offer MBA and Chemistry Students the opportunity to participate in a unique two-day event. The case competition created opportunities to build a network of potential collaborators in business and chemistry. 

Published: 19 Nov 2013

McGill Team wins Japan MBA Case Competition

On November 17, McGill MBA Japan students Deb Tripathy, Lyal Clough, Satishi Juriani, and Taka Ishikawa took 1st place at the inaugural Japan MBA Case Competition (JMBACC). 12 teams from universities across Japan participated at this competition held in Tokyo.

Find out more about the JMBACC.

(From left to right: McGill MBA Japan students Deb Tripathy, Lyal Clough, Satishi Juriani, and Taka Ishikawa, receiving their 1st place award) 

Published: 19 Nov 2013

Mining and the MBA – B-School Students Work with Iron Ore Company of Canada Mines

45 MBA students from the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Canada, have engaged in a partnership with the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), where they will play the role of consultants to eight on-going projects. The students were recently taken on a field trip to visit Labrador City and the mines, located in Canada’s Far North. During their trip they met with President and CEO of IOC, Zoe Yujnovich, who is co-teaching their CEO Insights Class with Professor Karl Moore on the Desautels MBA program.

Published: 19 Nov 2013

Who Is the Most Influential Living Management Thinker?

The Thinkers50 2013 provides the answer. Described as the Oscars of Management Thinking, the global ranking is published every two years and is the essential guide to which thinkers and which ideas matter now - and which have been consigned to business history. Who gets the plaudits in 2013?

... Hall of Fame: 2013 also sees the creation of the Thinkers50 Hall of Fame. Among those given this accolade are Tom Peters, Henry Mintzberg, and the originators of the Blanaced Scorecard Robert Kaplan and David Norton.

Published: 19 Nov 2013

Regado Biosciences, Inc. Adds Global Pharmaceutical Business Veteran to Board of Directors

Regado Biosciences, Inc. (RGDO), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the late-stage clinical development of its first-in-class, actively controllable antithrombotic drug system, REG1, today announced the appointment of Pierre Legault (MBA'89), MBA, CA, CPA, to its Board of Directors, where he will serve as Chairman of the audit committee.

Published: 19 Nov 2013

For Two Dancers, Business School Is Their Next Act

Just over a year ago, when Antonios Bougiouris suffered a dance-related injury that required hip surgery to repair, he figured his days as a ballet dancer where numbered.
... The answer lay in McGill University’s MBA program at the Desautels Faculty of Management, where Mr. Bougiouris is enrolled as a student in the graduating class of 2015.
... Like Mr. Bourgiouris, Ms. Viswanathan, 26, came to the MBA program after a satisfying performing career that started when the Canadian-born dancer of Indian descent was 9.

Published: 19 Nov 2013

Why Analysis Is Not Enough And Passion Is So Important - A Story From Henry Mintzberg

In the Analytic module of our International Masters In Practicing Management and our Advanced Leadership Program for executives, my colleague Henry Mintzberg likes to use this story to show how analysis can get in the way of really understanding an organization and its purpose.

“A young, enthusiastic MBA was finally given the opportunity to apply his learning. He was asked to carry out a survey of a group with which he was not normally familiar and submit recommendations as to how its efficiency could be increased.

Published: 18 Nov 2013

Amazon Competes Against Canadian Supermarkets by Entering Grocery Business

Online retailer Amazon is taking on supermarkets by delivering food directly to Canadians’ doorsteps.

The retail giant, which built its business selling books and entertainment through the mail, launched its new grocery category Thursday, in what’s certain to be an intensifying battle between grocers.

Amazon says the initial selection includes 15,000 non-perishable grocery products, like coffee, cereal and baby food, from a variety of brands such as Campbell, Nestle, Pepsi, and Kellogg.

(Video features Professor Animesh Animesh)

Published: 18 Nov 2013

Northern Approaches

In many ways, Canada, the world’s second biggest country by area, is a global leader in the effective use of technology in its public health system. Almost all X-rays, MRIs, CTs and other imaging tests in its hospitals are now filmless, which equates to adding the equivalent of up to 500 radiologists and 11 million more exams annually.

Published: 18 Nov 2013

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