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Real Estate Deals Vanish in New York

Thomas Coe  |  Business Fundamentals

New York may be the "City That Never Sleeps," but the turnover of real estate for development in the city has become drowsy. Despite expectations of tax cuts and a growing economy, both huge benefits for a booming real estate market, sales of commercial property are at a six-year low.

All About the Benjamins

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

General Motors is posting record profits even as its major rivals are moving to lower investors' expectations. CEO Mary Barra's heavy focus on profitability, and operating margins in particular, has led her to scale back or entirely abandon investments in emerging markets like India and Russia, although those markets represent many millions of annual vehicle sales. She says that GM won't win by being all things to all people everywhere.

All About the Benjamins

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Org Behavior & HR

Mary Barra may be leading GM away from its past as she focuses on a profitable future. GM is leaving some markets to focus on high profit margins and investments that will position it for a period of rapid change in the auto industry. In addition to changing the company's strategy, this focus is also changing elements of GM's culture.

Augmenting Snap’s Financial Reality

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Snap is piloting ads built into pricey custom Lenses. It remains to be seen whether they’re effective or Facebook-proof.

The Airbnb of Warehousing

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Flexe Inc., a four-year-old startup, has attained a competitive position against the powerful Amazon.com juggernaut based upon an expanded network of warehousing space created by strategic alliances that take advantage of seasonal supply-and-demand mismatches. It's a solid strategy because Flexe has already attained 25 percent of Amazon's warehouse capacity and has plans to add 10 million square feet within the year. The company's business model is not to become the face of its clients but to become a conduit for efficiently delivering vendors' products to their end customers relative to Amazon's model.

All About the Benjamins

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

GM was once the leading global automaker with a presence in all of the major and emerging markets. But CEO Mary Barra has decided to ditch low profit-margin markets like India and Russia to focus on more profitable markets and invest in being a leader in new technologies.

The Talking Cat and the Peroxide Corporation

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Chinese manufacturing and industrial companies, looking for growth opportunities but facing slower growth in China, are looking at foreign opportunities. One example is the recent purchase of Slovenian app maker Outfit7 by Zhejiang Jinke Peroxide Co. for $1 billion. With clearly no operational synergies, this is simply an example of foreign direct investment for financial reasons.

Your Money or Your Data!

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Business Law

The WannaCry cyberattack raised awareness of many outdated computer systems' vulnerabilities. Fingers have been pointed at the National Security Agency, Microsoft, and companies that failed to patch their systems.

Waze Wants to Help You Hitch a Ride

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Google's Waze is doing more than just traffic maps. Now it's trying its hand at carpooling.

Augmenting Snap’s Financial Reality

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Marketing

Snapchat is piloting ads built into pricey custom Lenses. It says a third of Snapchat users play with Lenses and geofilters daily. It remains to be seen whether the Lenses are effective or Facebook-proof.

Long Reach, Big Problems

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Etihad Airway's strategy of building a global network by purchasing interests in financially struggling regional carriers helped the company quickly build a presence in the global airline industry. Some of the airlines in which it invested, however, including Alitalia and Air Berlin, continue to lose money and have weak competitive positions. The architect of this strategy, CEO James Hogan, is now on his way out as Etihad reviews its strategy.

The Airbnb of Warehousing

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Capitalizing on unused warehouse space during off-season, Flexe’s online storage marketplace offers e-commerce companies next-day shipping, a faster alternative to Amazon.

Waze Wants to Help You Hitch a Ride

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Bored executives who should have been content to ride the wave of acquisition prosperity decided to create a carpooling app as an offshoot to Waze, the navigation startup acquired by Google. With Waze's 80 million current users, what did they have to lose?

The Talking Cat and the Peroxide Corporation

Bob Cohen, MBA  |  Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Why would a Chinese industrial company, with no history in media or games, be interested in acquiring a Talking Cat mobile app company? Take a little financial engineering, mix it with the idiosyncrasies of the Chinese market, and you can buy profit.

The Airbnb of Warehousing

Eric Cardella  |  Economics

In the age of startups and e-commerce, one of the biggest issues for small merchants is how to efficiently manage inventory and delivery. Many of these companies have been going through Amazon’s warehouse, which requires their customers to buy their product through Amazon's website. However, a new company, Flexe Inc., is offering a flexible storage and delivery alternative.

The Talking Cat and the Peroxide Corporation

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMA  |  Accounting & Taxation

Mergers between Chinese industrial companies and U.S. video game and app makers are hot right now. What's behind these seemingly bizarre transactions and the economics that drive them?

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