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Business and Indigenous Communities in BC

Published August 27, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

One of our MBA classes has an assignment in which they need to build value cases for hypothetical development proposals affecting specific Indigenous communities in BC.

We thought we'd gather key resources into a few blog posts to help the students, as well as anyone else who is researching this important topic. We'll string the posts together with the tag "business and Indigenous communities" (long, but descriptive!).

This first post will be focused on broad websites that provide information about the economies and cultures of multiple communities...

<Read on!>

Markets and marketing in Africa & Rwanda

Published August 26, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

flag of RwandaOur BUS 447 (Global Marketing Management) students will be focusing on the beautiful country of Rwanda this term.

I've compiled a brief list of relevant sources to support that class... and I thought I'd share it here in case others are interested in such topics. 

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This post is not about Netflix...

Published July 18, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

I spotted an interesting story in the Wall Street Journal this morning: "Netflix U.S. Users Decline, Sinking Its Stock --- Video service reports 130,000 fewer domestic subscribers in second quarter."

To be frank, what was interesting for me about this article wasn't the content -- as much as I like streaming Netflix shows while I fold the laundry, I don't really need an ongoing blow-by-blow of its subscriber numbers.  No, what caught my attention was that this would be a good chance to highlight a couple of my favourite SFU Library resources: Factiva and Statista

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On editorial cartoons: Valuable memes under threat

Published July 5, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

Editorial cartoon from January, 1975 featuring a bottle of coins with the label: Doctor Dave's 3-Way Relief For Natural Gas Pains: Speeds Instant Relief To Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Revenues.I caught a segment on CBC's The Current earlier this week about editorial cartoons facing an existential threat.  

Apparently one of the forces pushing editorial cartoons toward the brink is the prevalence of online memes, but I would argue that a false dichotomy is built into that statement. Cartoons that take a fresh, critical look at current events and public figures have been around as visual memes since long before Richard Dawkins coined the term. They were memes before memes were invented!

They aren't, however, free memes...   <Read on!>

Renewable energy industry information via SFU Library

Published May 31, 2019 by Mark Bodnar

I was just scanning the news (that's what a business researcher does to relax) and spotted the following story at the BBC site: Britain in two-week coal-free record.

As the article states, "Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks - the longest period since the 1880s." The move toward alternative energy sources is gathering momentum in the UK and having measureable impacts. [...]

Since I am an opportunist at heart, this is a chance for me to highlight the many alternative energy industry overviews available in our databases...

<Read on.. learn lots... take action...>

 

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