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Description: Just like social life offline, online social networks grow organically as they connect more people together. But as social networks come to be seen as a new venue for advertising spending, media companies have elbowed in on the action and gobbled up some of the most popular sites. So far, the growth in social networks hasn’t slowed.

Source: E.C. Hoffman III, BusinessWeek


Discussion Questions:

  1. How might social network sites be considered & utilized as knowledge management tools?

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Description: MSNBC article with discussion about how difficult it is to remove information once it is spread onto the internet.  Many recruiters and HR staff members are using sites such as Facebook as a way to screen applicants & to determine decision making capability and judgment. Job candidates who maintain personal sites on Facebook or MySpace are learning — sometimes the hard way — that the image they present to their friends on the Internet may not be best suited for landing the position they’re seeking. Although many employers are too old to qualify as members of the Facebook Generation, they’re becoming increasingly savvy about using social networking sites in their hiring due diligence. That has both job candidates and human resources professionals debating the ethics and effectiveness of snooping on the Web for the kind of information that may not come up in a job interview.

Source: Wei Du,

Date: 8/14/2007


Discussion Questions:

1. What can be done to fix something that is incorrect about you that is present on the Internet?

2. Social networking sites can:

a. assist human resources efforts in recruiting

b. invade personal privacy

c. become basis for litigation

d. ruin careers

3. Social networks are:

a. negative upon employee productivity

b. Web sites that allow anyone to build a homepage for free

c. Highly influential on politics and public opinion

d. expensive to maintain

4. MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Bebo are examples of:

a. virtual communities

b. web sites

c. social networks

d. homepages

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Description: Employers, including law firms, frequently do Google searches as part of due diligence checks on prospective employees. According to a December survey by the Ponemon Institute, a privacy research organization, roughly half of U.S. hiring officials use the Internet in vetting job applications. About one-third of the searches yielded content used to deny a job, the survey said. The legal hiring market is very competitive. What could tip the balance is the appearance that a candidate is a lightning rod for controversy, said Mark Rasch, a Washington lawyer and consultant who specializes in Internet issues.

The trend has even spawned a new service, ReputationDefender, whose mission is to search for damaging content online and destroy it on behalf of clients. Generally, the law exempts site operators from liability for the content posted by others, though it does not prevent them from removing offensive items.

Source: Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post

Date: 3/7/2007


Discussion Questions:

  1. What can be done when erroneous information, or information we prefer be hidden, shows up online?

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Description: Discusses the pros and cons of developing a social networking site.  Is it good for business?  It is unavoidable and can definitely be good for business, but it must be managed to be effective.

Source: Ryan Singel, Wired Magazine

Date: 2/18/2009


Discussion Questions:

1. What can be learned as described in this article?  Are social network sites really good for business?

2. Social network:

a. searchable content

b. indicates ways individuals are connected

c. evolution in human social interaction

d. views social relationships in terms of nodes & ties

e. all of the above

3. Mapping & measuring of relationships & flows between people, etc.:

a. social network service

b. social network analysis

c. social network tools

d. social network theory

4. Changing the media & advertising industries:

a. Digg

b. Friendster

c. YouTube

d. Flickr

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Description: Link to Forbes article on social networking sites that connect tens of millions of cybersurfers. Naturally, marketers want to capitalize on the phenomenon with their own virtual neighborhoods.


Date: 5/8/2006


Discussion Questions:

  1. What does the author mean when referring to “their space” and what is the symbolism in the title?

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Description: Micromuse Inc. (Nasdaq: MUSE), the leading provider of business and service assurance software, today announced that Mary Kay Inc., one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world, has selected to implement the Netcool(R) suite across its complex IT environment to help streamline critical enterprise IT management and support operations.

Source: Business Wire

Date: 11/18/2002


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Description: Things will never look the same at Mary Kay, one of the larger direct sellers of cosmetics and skin care products, thanks to a wholesale conversion to Web-based supply-chain management, plus a new portal with revamped financial reporting capabilities.

Source: Richard Gincel, InfoWorld

Date: 11/24/2004


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Description: Article addresses how disjointed improvement initiatives can throw a company into chaos, as well as best practices of how to get operational performance management programs in sync with the strategic mission.

Source: Colin Snow, Intelligent World

Date: 3/5/2007


Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it so difficult to align goals & strategy?

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Description: article with tutorial related to SCM Knowledge. 

Source: Thomas Wailgum, CIO

Date: 11/20/2008


Discussion Questions:

  1. Describe SCM knowledge & give examples integrating what has been learned from the tutorial.

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Description: After more than two months of refusing to reveal the size and scope of its data breach, TJX Companies Inc. is finally offering more details about the extent of the compromise.

Source: Jaikumar Vijayan, Computer World

Date: 3/29/2007


Discussion Questions:

  1. What advice would you give managers about increasing awareness of security breach vulnerability?