Managing Supply Chain Risk: Plane Seizure in Russia

Russia has refused to give back the approximately 400 planes worth $10 billion dollars which were due to be returned to EU leasing companies on March 28.

Instead, the Russian president signed a law allowing the country to keep the planes and continue to fly them, constituting the largest theft ever of airplanes.  The companies which own them may spend years trying to recover some part of this loss from insurance companies.


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McDonald’s and Other Western Businesses Exit Russia

McDonald’s and other Western businesses such as Starbucks and Ikea have pulled out of Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia struck back by ignoring international agreements regarding branding and intellectual property rights.  The country is taking over the brands, products, and images of global favorites, and the companies are left with little recourse.


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By |2022-04-01T01:59:10+00:00March 31, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Notre Dame’s Makeover Creates a Project Management Challenge

Reconstructing Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after the devastating fire in 2019 is a major project and is igniting controversy around the world.

Global donations of $950 million dollars have poured in to fund the rebuild.  French President Emmanuel Macron’s initial plans to reconstruct the spire in a modern design were scrapped after meeting with much resistance.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church’s plans to redo the interior in what critics have deemed a “Disneyland” experience are still in the works.  Up to 12 […]

By |2022-02-10T05:57:04+00:00February 9, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Will Lab-Grown Cat Treats Change the World?

Because, Animals is a startup company debuting its new lab-grown mouse meat. The founders hope their product will usher in a new way of thinking about pet food.

The company already sells plant-based dog and cat treats.

The idea for Because, Animals’ newest product is to harvest cells from an anesthetized mouse and then feed and grow the cells in a bioreactor.  The end product is 100 percent meat, with no mice killed in the process, that can be used for its […]

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