Mr Marcus McGowan MSc PgDip BA (Hons)

This Business Education Learning Blog is aimed primarily at Higher Business Management students/teachers and ICT students/teachers.

The aim of this blog is to provide you with interesting articles, news, trivia as well as resources or links to materials which will help in your course of study.

I am a Teacher of Business Education and I have written for Education Scotland and BBC Bitesize.

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

McDonald's Production Chain

Vlogger Doug Armstrong investigates the production process at McDonald’s to find out about the quality of their beef:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8VBYnByPds

 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Not so silent running

A novel idea fro a Kickstarter firm to kill two birds with one stone: keeping fit and charging your iPhone:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35810137

 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Driverless Trucks UK Trial

In the news: driverless trucks will be allowed on British roads.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35820873

 

As well as concerns about safety, this obviously will have long term implications for people employed as drivers, and if successful could be the beginning of the end for bus drivers and taxi drivers too. But will paying customers ever trust a driverless coach or taxi enough to get on? Well I have been on driverless metro trains abroad… though to be fair I probably didn’t realise it until after my journey had been completed!

 

We could be entering a legal minefield as well with the question of who is to be held accountable if something goes wrong not yet decided. Is it the company who provides the service or the software manufacturer?

 

Interesting times ahead.

 

Again with regards to PESTEC, think of all the external factors that will come in to play in the future of automated vehicles.

Seaworld ending Orca breeding

It has taken a while, but SeaWorld are to end its controversial Orca breeding

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35829477

 

SeaWorld has come under a lot of pressure from protesters and the media after the documentary Blackfish.

 

The EU Referendum

All the information you need about the #EURef

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32810887

 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Kidzania

Inside the crazy world of Kidzania…

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35531022

 

Where children work and have fun.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Copyright

Kit Kat and their battle to prevent copycat designs.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-35374128

 

Google pays Apple $1 billion

Incredible sum of money, but it just shows how important having Apple as a partner is to any technological firm.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35380696

 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Davos Update: Performance in Business and Sport

Some interesting if not new ideas about performance in business and sport:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35363109

 

World's Richest Football Clubs 2016

This year’s edition of Deloitte's Football Money League:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/35359350

 

Davos Update

Finally revealed! The three best countries to work in for young graduates.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35363111

 

Prelims

Good luck to all the pupils undertaking business prelims on Monday.

 

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

 

If you have studied well, and try your best then you will have no doubts after it. You always get out of it what you put in.

UK Car Manufacturing on the rise

Car makers in the UK are celebrating a 10 year high.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35368047

 

Hyperloop

Elon Musk’s dream is now being put to the test:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35361093

 

 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cashless payments greater than cash itself

The future is here… at last!

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32778196

 

McDonald's and employees clash

Employees of the world’s number one fast food restaurant aren’t happy with their ‘McJob’ in terms of pay:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32822464

 

Advanced Higher Business Management

Next session our school are hoping to offer AH Business Management for the first time in a while. Particularly interested in the Business Current Issues side of the Advanced Higher as at present there are many interesting stories relating to business which will capture student’s imagination. The most obvious ones are the rise of the BRIC countries, the continuing EU economic crisis as exemplified by Greece, and of course the whole ‘Brexit’ scenario, where the UK may or may not leave the EU. A referendum on the EU was in the Conservative manifesto, so it will be extremely likely this will take place either in 2016 or in 2017.

 

Other issues we will have to look at will also be the changes in technology and the impact new technologies could have on our everyday lives. Simple ideas like paying for goods and services by using your mobile will revolutionise how we shop. But as with anything, it will have an impact on people and jobs.

 

The living wage is another issue which has become important to many. And finally, it will be interesting to see how the Arctic Oil Drilling campaign will unfold, with consequences for our planet.

 

Looking forward to it as much as the pupils!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Motivation

A follow up piece to the character assassination of former England manager Fabio Capello. In the comments section he receives a lot of support from England fans who lay the blame at the poor attitude and motivation of England’s senior players. How do you motivate a player who earns £300,000 a week?

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/article-2664589/Fabio-Capello-lacked-warmth-rigid-I-fear-Russia-struggle-against-Belgium-changed-approach.html

 

The article by Rio Ferdinand slates Capello, yet as mentioned, the fans in the comments defend Capello’s stunning CV and criticise the International records of players like Rooney, Terry and Ferdinand himself.

 

What would motivational theories such as Taylor, Maslow, McGregor, Herzberg, or Mayo make of all this? How do you motivate such wealthy players who possibly do not want to risk injury which would affect their club careers? If you give in to all their demands you will be viewed as weak, yet if you are too strict and inflexible you may have a player mutiny on your hands, something the Netherlands have experienced in several International Championships.

 

Perhaps it is all in selection? Choose team players and not players who are in it for themselves?

 

Kraft and Heinz to Merge

A rumoured $40 billion merger brokered by Warren Buffet and an event which will create the World’s 3rd largest food and drink company… the breathtaking merger of Kraft and Heinz!

 

Kraft bought UK chocolate giant Cadbury and also own such brands as Kenco coffee. But to merge with a brand as famous as Heinz is really taking things to a whole new level:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32050266

 

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