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Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Year: 2015

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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 (09/28/15–10/02/15) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!

BP and Contingent Liabilities [Case]
On April 20, 2010, as BP p.l.c., the third-largest listed oil producer in the world, was preparing to report strong first quarter results, an explosion occurred on its drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, killing 11 workers and injuring 16 others. The financial reporting implications of the accident and subsequent claims, especially the recognition and measurement of provisions and related expenses, and disclosure of contingent liabilities, were a major consideration for BP and its investors.

Was Tom Hayes Running the Biggest Financial Conspiracy in History? [Article]
An in-depth report on the British trader at the heart of the conspiracy to manipulate Libor rates for financial gain, and the investigators who uncovered the fraud.

Oregon's Wind Energy Health Impact Assessment [Case]
The case focuses on how the public health division's relatively small staff managed the health impact assessment's surprisingly large workload and how the public health team worked to incorporate the perspectives of a diverse-and sometimes opposed-set of stakeholders, most notably grassroots opposition groups and representatives of the renewable energy sector.

Huawei: A Case Study of When Profit Sharing Works [Article]
Profit-sharing plans are one way to address the global issues of income inequality and uneven wealth distribution while increasing employee engagement. One company, the Chinese telecom Huawei, has a successful employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that demonstrates such incentives can be good for both employees and the business.

Exits in Emerging Markets: Actis' Investment in Umeme [Case]
In their search for a suitable exit, the partners at Actis weighed their ability to leave Umeme well positioned to continue the operational and financial improvements that Actis had made during their investment period, while also ensuring a robust return for Actis' investors. By exploring the various routes available to Actis, this case demonstrates the factors at play in the creation of social and economic gains through private equity investment.

* From the CasePlace Archives, how companies can lower costs and boost profits by investing in employees: The Good Jobs Strategy.

The previous week's selection of new material is listed below.

CODE2040: Changing the Game [Case]
CODE2040 was founded by Tristan Walker and Laura Weidman Powers to create pathways to success for blacks and Latinos in the technology and entrepreneurship sector by providing mentoring and coaching for students beginning their careers.

Sunlabob Renewable Energy: Solar Power for Laos and Beyond [Case]
The company operated through an innovative business model that used various financing schemes to provide electricity services to the rural poor, who were not connected to the grid. By 2014 Sunlabob had won numerous international tenders from multilateral agencies like the United Nations and World Bank. Now recognised as a leader in rural electrification, Schroeter wants to position Sunlabob to compete in one of the most challenging, yet potentially lucrative, markets for rural electrification: Myanmar. He wonders, is Sunlabob ready? 

How Your Company Can Change the World: Revolutionize Your Workplace [Article]
Through research and discussions with social intrapreneurs, the authors apply lessons from the big social movements of our times to the corporate space. This article suggests ways that large organizations can gain the long-term benefits of socially responsible behavior by empowering their internal activists…

Recycling Food Waste to Energy - First Mover Pitfalls: IUT Global Pte Ltd [Case]
This case discusses the trajectory taken by a Singapore-based entrepreneur who embarked on a multimillion business venture to turn food waste into energy. The case explores the following topics: First mover pitfalls in a sustainable energy venture; Analysis of new venture business plans; Implementation challenges for start-ups; Assumption testing/sensitivity analysis in costing of new ventures.

From Sweatshops to Sustainability: Wal-Mart’s Journey in Bangladesh [Case]
The Readymade garment industry in Bangladesh witnessed several accidents, but these did not draw the attention of the administration or the global retailers. But two accidents, one in 2012 (factory fire at Tazreen) and the other in 2013 (collapse of Rana Plaza building, which housed several factories), that killed more than 1200 workers, and left several more injured and handicapped, brought the attention of the global community to the prevailing working conditions in the Bangladesh sweatshops. At the same time, global retailers like Walmart which sourced from these places came under severe criticism…

* From the CasePlace Archives, the intersection of geography, climate, culture, demography, politics, economics and technology interact with business strategy: The Multinational Firm and Geostrategy.

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