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Description: Whitepaper with creative discussion about the strategic advantages of wireless capabilities such as utilized at Mary Kay Corp.

Source: J. Sharpe Smith

Date: 2007


Discussion Questions:

  1. How is wireless capability a secret weapon for Mary Kay Corp?

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Description: Link to How Stuff Works with foundational information about wireless.  This basic understanding is critical for building on other related concepts. 

Source: Marshall Brain and Tracy V. Wilson, How Stuff Works


Discussion Questions:

1. In your own words, how does Wi-Fi work?

2. Wireless local area network (WLAN):

a. technology that offers Internet browsing from wireless devices

b. wireless version of Ethernet networking standard

c. Internet enabled cell phones that can support  mobile applications

d. GPS

3. Wireless technology based on IEEE 802.16-2004 standard, designed to provide Internet access across metro areas to fixed users:

a. WAP

b. PDA

c. WiMAX

d. MMS

4. Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS):

a. capable of simple animation, tiny pictures, and short melodies

b. smart phones

c. GPS

d. technology for sending short messages

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Description: Wi-Fi technology adoption is on the rise in India, and the world’s most pervasive wireless local networking technology is enabling social and economic development across the region, according to new research sponsored by the Wi-Fi Alliance and conducted by Tonse Telecom.  The report, titled “Wi-Fi in India: A Key Enabler of Economic, Social and Community Development,” cites growing laptop sales, rising broadband penetration, and pervasive use of mobile phones for rich content transfer as key harbingers of widespread Wi-Fi use among a growing segment of India’s more than 1.1 billion citizens.

Source: Wi-Fi Alliance

Date: 3/24/2008


Discussion Questions:

  1. What changes in India immediately come to mind?

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Description: Many companies rely on wikis to engage customers in ongoing discussions about products. Wikis for Motorola and T-Mobile handsets serve as continually updated user guides. TV networks including ABC and CBS are creating fan wikis that let viewers interact with each other as they unravel mysteries from such shows as Lost and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Source: Rachael King, BusinessWeek


Discussion Questions:

  1. What future applications may there be for wikis?

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Description: 2:34 minutes. Link to YouTube video describing wikis and use in business.  This is an opportunity to discuss pros & cons for business usage.  A wiki is a server software that allows users to freely create & edit Web page content. Wikis support hyperlinks & have simple text syntax for creating new pages & crosslinks between internal pages.

Source: WetPaint, YouTube Video

Date: 10/2/2007


Discussion Questions:

1. What are the business implications associated with effectively utilizing wikis?

2. Wikis are:

a. relatively new & difficult to assess business value

b. simple databases

c. open source, spam free communication tools

d. server software that allows users to freely create & edit Web page content

3. Wikis can:

a. replace email

b. be used in business to provide intranet and knowledge management systems

c. have many hyperlinks embedded

d. be used to create collaborative websites

4. Wikis are:

a. difficult to update

b. flawed by their definition

c. easily updated by a group of people

d. developed initially with legacy systems technology

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Description: 3: 52 minutes. Wikis support hyperlinks and have simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages.  Discuss implications to business.  Wikis are productivity enhancers due to simplicity and universality of use and application.

Source:, YouTube Video

Date: 5/29/2007


Discussion Questions:

  1. How are wikis productivity enhancers?

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Description: eBay is The World’s Online Marketplace™. Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful platform for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals and businesses. On any given day, there are millions of items across thousands of categories for sale on eBay, as well as on, eBay’s site dedicated to fixed price trading. eBay enables trade on a local, national and international basis with customized sites in markets around the world.

Source: Michael Rappa, Digital Enterprise

Date: 5/21/2008


Discussion Questions:

  1. List the major issues relating to online auctions.
  2. eBay is one of the only major Internet “pure plays” to consistently make a profit from its inception. What is eBay’s business model? Why has it been so successful?
  3. Other major web sites, like and Yahoo!, have entered the auction marketplace with far less success than eBay. How has eBay been able to maintain its dominant position?
  4. What method does eBay use to reduce the potential for fraud among traders on its site? What kinds of fraud, if any, are eBay users most susceptible?
  5. eBay makes every effort to conceptualize its users as a community (as opposed to, say “customers” or “clients”). What is the purpose of this conceptual twist and does eBay gain something by doing it?

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Description: Link to Information Builders article for discussion related to decision support systems and their use.  A properly designed DSS is an interactive software-based system intended to help decision makers compile useful information from raw data, documents, personal knowledge, and/or business models to identify and solve problems and make decisions.

Source: Information Builders


 Discussion Questions:

  1. Pick a few industries and provide examples of common DSS such as healthcare, transportation, banking, etc.