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Operations Management Current Events - Oakland Campus

This guide will help you find current events related to operations management for the extra credit assignment offered in some sections of BUSQOM 1070.

Where to Look for Current Events

1. Search operations focused media outlets

Supply Chain Media Outlets

Traditional News Outlets

Industry-Specific Content

To find industry-specific content, try using the following search formula online: [insert the industry] + association + site:.org

Then look for a News section of their website. Example Google Search: fashion association site:.org

2. Google Search

You can also try a basic web search using the following format: topic (like supply chain or logistics) + keyword (like a company, industry, or issue). Examples:

  • "supply chain" Under Armor
  • logistics produce
  • procurement retail

Depending on how relevant the results are, you could try filtering to just News.

Select the News option to filter the search results

Evaluating Information

When you are searching for current events, you will likely come across a wide variety of sources and viewpoints. Take the time to do some extra digging and evaluating to ensure you are getting a fair and balanced perspective on the topic or event. Consider the following:

  • Who has created the content? (Who do they work for? What are their qualifications?)
  • Where is the content hosted or distributed? (Is it hosted by a news organization, a lobbying group, a company's website, a think tank or research organization, etc.?)
  • How current is the information? (As this is a current event assignment, is the event still current and relevant? Have there been more recent developments?)
  • What is the purpose of the content? (Is it trying to convince or persuade you to adopt a certain opinion, trying to get you to buy a new product or service, or trying to inform you with the facts? - or some combination?)

Slide Design

While the content of your slides is important, the design also makes a big difference in how it is perceived and interpreted. Keep in mind the following when designing your slides:

1. Make sure it's readable

  • Use sans serif fonts like Helvetica, Tahoma, or Verdana
  • Keep the font size large, at least 28
  • Ensure the font's color is easily distinguished from the background

2. Keep it simple

  • Avoid loud and overwhelming color schemes
  • Pick 1-3 colors. Learn more at CreativePro.

3. Include meaningful visuals only

  • Make sure any visuals help convey your point and adds value to the text
  • You might need to create your own chart or graph based on the information you found