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Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Year: 2014

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Are you looking for engaging and thought-provoking material that is new to If so, you've come to the right place. Here you will find a selection of content recently added to the site. The week's (06/29/15–07/03/15) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!

It Pays to Be Nice [Article]
This article uses research and examples, including the leadership struggle at Market Basket, to explain the behavioral economics of niceness, or why it pays to treat people well even when they are not necessarily returning the favor...

The Board of Directors at Market Basket [Case]
The firing of Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, and directors affiliated with him set off employee protests throughout the grocery store chain...

Creating Sustainable Value: The Ricoh Case [Case]
This case is about leveraging a heritage of corporate sustainability to transform one’s business model and thus create sustainable value. Sustainability has been part of Ricoh’s strategy for a long time; the question is how to leverage it to add value to customers and drive profitability...

Clifford Chance: Women at Work [Case]
A memo entitled "Speaking Effectively" was just issued to the U.S. offices of the firm and immediately sparked controversy, as some female associates claimed that the gender-specific advice in the memo was condescending and sexist...

Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win [Book]
After seven years of rigorous research based on a landmark study of more than 100 CEOs and over 8,000 of their employees' observations, Kiel's findings show that leaders of strong character achieved up to five times the ROA for their organizations as did leaders of weak character...

* From the CasePlace Archives, the passion project of an L.A. priest has brought life reboots to hundreds of former criminals, including onetime gang members and a fallen CEO: Homeboy Industries Reboots the Lives of Tattooed Former Gangbangers, and Even One CEO.

Listed below is last week's (06/22/15–06/26/15) material.

Aarong: Social Enterprise for Bangladesh’s Rural Poor [Case]
Aarong, the retail arm of BRAC, a non-profit development organisation based in Bangladesh, was created in 1978 to provide employment, income generation and social development opportunities for underprivileged women through the revival and promotion of Bangladeshi handicrafts. The competition, however, was intensifying, both from local retailers in individual categories as well as foreign players, such as from India. How could Aarong compete in a global market? 

Critical Mass Radio Show Featuring Keith Molchan and Martin Staubus [Interview]
This Critical Mass Radio Show discusses why, when and how business owners should choose the ESOP path as the correct succession strategy…

Stella McCartney [Case]
As climate change is becoming a more pressing issue, companies are pressured to embrace a more sustainable approach to their business. With fashion and luxury industries progressively rising to this challenge, what does it mean for Stella McCartney's brand's ethos to be a responsible, honest, and modern company?

In It Together: Why Less Inequality Benefits All [Report]
The gap between rich and poor keeps widening. This book highlights the key areas where inequalities are created and where new policies are required, including: the consequences of current consolidation policies; structural labour market changes with rising non-standard work and job polarization; persisting gender gaps; the challenge of high wealth concentration, and the role for redistribution policies.

The Price of Dignity - Labor Rights in Peru [Case]
On February 23, 2012, a special commission appointed by Peru's Labor Ministry submitted a technical report on how to consolidate the country's national labor regulations into a single law, as had been done in other Latin American countries. Instead of bringing the sides together, however, drafting of the new law had ended up widening the gap between stakeholders.

* From the CasePlace Archives, a course that examines the values basis of great leadership, as well as the complexities, paradoxes, and dangers that come with it: Values-Based Leadership in Practice.

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