Another Reason to Delete our Facebook Accounts?

Another Reason to Delete our Facebook Accounts?

For some time, Facebook has been mired in a series of scandals: Russia’s meddling in the US election through social media, unauthorized sharing of users’ data for financial gain, inadequate vetting of users’ posts resulting in tragic events, etc. The company’s reputation is now tarnished again by the leak of an internal memo seemingly condoning dangerous posts for the sake of growing the business. This is a great opportunity to discuss ethics in operations.

This post is based on the Washington Post article, ‘Maybe someone dies’: Facebook VP justified bullying, terrorism as costs of network’s ‘growth’, by Avi Selk, March 30, 2018. Image sources: cajoer/Getty Images and Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo.

1. What is Facebook’s current mission statement? Is it in line with Bosworth’s 2016 memo?

Guidance: When the memo was written, Facebook’s mission was “Making the world more open and connected.” The problem with this statement is that it did not articulate positive outcomes from more connections.  In 2017, Zuckerberg remedied the problem and changed the mission statement to “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

Bosworth’s memo seems to be aligned with the 2016 mission Continue reading

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3D-Printing Cars in China

3D-Printing Cars in China

April 8, 2018

LSEV will be the world’s first car made almost entirely with 3D-printing, and it’s due to go on sale in late 2019.

Priced around $10,000, the LSEV has a top speed of 43 mph, and can travel 93 miles before needing to be recharged.   The vehicle is being made in a joint venture between a Chinese Polymaker company and an Italian-based manufacturer, X Electrical Vehicle (XEV).

Both a postal service company and a car sharing service have already pre-ordered 7,000 of the LSEV. Some experts predict that electric vehicles may make up 35 percent of global new car sales by 2040.

This post is based on the Star article, World’s first 3D-printed car due on roads in 2019, by the TechNews team, March 26, 2018, and the Ecowatch article, Bringing the LSEV to Life – The 1st Mass Produced 3D Printed Car, by Lorraine Chow, March 19, 2018. Image sources: Izabela Habur/E+/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions

1. How does the product design of the LSEV support the manufacturer’s low cost strategy?

Guidance:  It’s one thing to say, “Let’s have a cost leadership, or low-cost, operations strategy.”  It is another to design a Continue reading

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