Monthly Archives: April 2014

Navy Awards Two Shipbuilding Contracts for New Submarines

Discussion Questions: Read the following article carefully.  What are the details of the contracts that that the Navy struck with General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls? Would not it have been better if the Navy had only awarded one contract?  What … Continue reading

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Toyota Consolidating Operations in Texas

Discussion Questions: Carefully read the following article.  What Toyota positions are being moved to Texas?  Why is Toyota making this change? What are the incentives that Texas is offering Toyota?  How significant are these to Toyota’s decision? What are the … Continue reading

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The IKEA “Do-It-Yourself” Energy Plan

Discussion Questions: How does IKEAs renewable energy plan work? Compare it to the Wal-Mart approach. Find other examples of what major companies are doing to become “energy neutral.” IKEA Assembles a Sustainability Program Swedish Retailer Plans First Wind-Energy Investment in … Continue reading

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Smartphones–Modular vs Integrated Design

Discussion Questions: The following two articles are related to smartphone design.  The first article describes Google’s idea for a modular design where the user can customize the phone to their exact requirements. The second article is about the cost to … Continue reading

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GM Recall–A Repeat of the Toyota Experience?

Discussion Questions: It’s interesting how history sometime repeats.  Read this article about the new GM Recall of over 1,000,000 vehicles.  Also, do some research to learn more about the cause and scope of this recall.  Document your research in a … Continue reading

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