An IDEA for IDEO: Conversational Design

  The Idea Not everyone possesses creative confidence, and even those that have felt confident in one context may lose some confidence in undertaking a new challenge in which they have little or no experience. What if IDEO could always be there when that individual needed creative guidance, an introduction to an expert, or a…

An Analysis of Tesla

Company Overview, History, Industry and Competitive Analysis Tesla Motors has been in business thirteen years as of the writing of this report, with headquarters located in the hub of American technology, Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 2003 by CEO and Product Architect, Elon Musk, the company now boasts an employee base of 14,000. More…

A Cost/Benefit Analysis of Renting vs. Buying in the US Real Estate Market

Rent/Price Ratio Data 2000-2014 Price/rent ratio data and commentary on overall change The following chart and data, outlining the Gross Rent-Price Ratio for U.S. properties from 1960 through early 2014, were retrieved from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; however, it is important to note that the focus of this paper will be the period…

Analysis of Comcast Cable/Xfinity and Universal Pictures

Producers’ Market Structures and Operations Producers to be reviewed and their market structures This report will focus on two of the leading companies in the cable television and film industries: Xfinity/Comcast Cable, in cable television, and Universal Pictures, in film. The two companies and their industries function within a monopolistic and oligopolistic market structure, respectively. Before…

Improving Product Quality with Technology – A Perspective

  Westfield Corporation, one of the world’s largest shopping centre developers and operators, launched its first product in Australia in 1960. Since that time, Westfield has launched nearly 100 shopping centres Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. When shopping centres first opened, they addressed a core need in the retail landscape: with the…

Globalization’s Impact on US Worker Productivity

  When considering the impact of globalization on US worker productivity, the last industry to be considered would be that of shopping centers, like Westfield Corporation, whose industry falls primarily into property management/operations and development. More often, globalization and productivity is considered with respect to adjacent industries like retail or food service. However, the fascinating…

An Evaluation of the “Great Places to Work” Index

Criteria Used in Judging “Great Place to Work”   The criteria used in judging “Great Place to Work” exist not only to help companies improve employee satisfaction and engagement, but they are also an essential ingredient in Fortune magazine’s annual ‘Best Places To Work’ list. The Great Place to Work Institute describes their criteria as…

Managing the Global Workforce – A Perspective

    Part I: Relevant Performance Models   Two basic categories of performance management theories exist in which this author has been trained during his twenty year career, and they provide a foundational framework to understand the options the company has available: ‘Competitive Assessment’ and ‘Coaching and Development’. These models also have been put forward…

Can Data Save the Mall? | AdvertisingAge

“In the new Fashion District at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., stand a half dozen seven-foot-tall touchscreens. The larger-than-life displays have games, movie trailers, retailer catalogs, interactive directories and other applications. The digital storefronts are among the latest efforts from Westfield Labs, an innovative digital arm of the high-end mall operator, aimed at…