Tim Vogus, a professor at Vanderbilt University’s business school, was stoking the debate in his classroom one day this fall, asking first-year M.B.A. students about one of the most successful, and controversial, companies of the day. On the syllabus was Uber, a case study in both sensational business success and rampant corporate misbehavior.
Kristina Nicolas will proudly tell you that she’s been doing practically all her shopping online for years now. She will also tell you, in a more exasperated voice, that this has not remotely abbreviated the amount of time she spends going to stores.
As dusk settled over the rambling countryside in Pardubice, Czech Republic, a group of haggard workers emerged from a dank three-story concrete dormitory and jammed into buses. The evening shift was about to begin at two nearby factories owned by Foxconn and Panasonic.
The phone rings a lot at Paris Region Entreprises, a one-stop shop for companies deciding whether to move employees to the City of Light. Typically, callers ask about visas and minutiae of employment law. But not long ago, an executive from Japan called with a stumper: Where, he asked, are the dancing clubs?
Leading carmakers including Volkswagen and Toyota pledged last week to uphold ethical and socially responsible standards in their purchases of minerals for an expected boom in electric vehicle production.