Author: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Source: The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
Are you looking for engaging and thought-provoking material that is new to CasePlace.org? If so, you've come to the right place. Here you will find a selection of content recently added to the site. Our newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!
Social Entrepreneurship [Syllabus]
Through discussions of social and economic context, wicked problems, mental models, integrative and systems thinking, design thinking and more, students are encouraged to better understand how and why social entrepreneurs take action…
Silver Cloud, Inc.: Charles Lake Mill (A, B) [Case]
Silver Cloud, an industry leader, had acquired the Charles Lake Mill whose management accommodated union demands. As management gave in to union demands, the mill quickly developed a reputation within the industry as a labor-relations nightmare…
Kaizen in Translation: Suggestion Systems across Cultures [Note]
Though the world has recently been described as "flat," we contend that it is also "lumpy." In this technical note, we discuss the application of kaizen, or continuous improvement, principles across cultures.
Fair & Lovely vs. Dark Is Beautiful [Case]
The sale of fairness creams continues to contribute to over 50% of the facial care market in India. Given this, what should Women of Worth do to fight skin-color based discrimination?
Globalization: A Cautionary Tale [Article]
Using the 'cautionary tales' of IKEA in Russia, Walmart in China and Tesco in the U.S., the author shows the importance of understanding the impact of 'institutional distance' when taking a business global…
* From the CasePlace Archives, engineer and philanthropist Mary Ann Beyster discusses free enterprise, broad-based ownership and innovation in this two-part video interview: Mary Ann Beyster.
The previous week's selection of new material is listed below.
Greening Walmart: Progress and Controversy [Case]
In 2005, Walmart, the world's largest retailer, launched a sustainability initiative aimed at reducing waste and making the company more environmentally and socially conscious. Students can explore whether Walmart is making these changes to improve its battered public image, improve its bottom line, or because it is the right thing to do.
Pricing Carbon: The Birth of British Columbia's Carbon Tax (Case & Sequel) [Case]
In 2008, British Columbia became one of the few jurisdictions in the world to successfully implement a comprehensive carbon tax. Every dollar raised from the tax would be returned to BC residents and businesses in the form of personal income and corporate tax cuts. This case provides an insider's account of how the carbon tax was designed, with the strong role Premier Gordon Campbell played in its creation. It also explores political and other challenges the government faced when designing and implementing the tax.
Thought Leader Interview: Don Tapscott [Article]
One of the world's most influential management thinkers discusses a new model for tackling the world's 'wicked problems'-issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change: Global Solution Networks (GSNs). Collaboration among nation states-while still necessary-is now insufficient to deal with these issues…
Coley Andrews [Case]
Coley Andrews could never have anticipated when he cofounded Pacific Lake Partners, a search fund investment firm, in 2009, that he would spend as much time managing people as he would the firm's investment strategy. The learning objective of the case is to help students, in the role of CEO or manager, prepare for and practice difficult conversations with key employees and important stakeholders where they often must deliver unwelcome or unpleasant information or help them navigate through challenging situations…
American Electric Power: Facing the Challenges of Distributed Generation [Case]
American Electric Power, like most utilities in the USA, is currently exposed to distributed generation and the problem of net-metering. Solar installations in particular have been heavily subsidized, by the state and by regulation, which does not allow grid operators to to recover their fixed costs. This results in stranded assets and cross-subsidies from poor to rich.
* From the CasePlace Archives, Gary Gensler, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, on reining in the deals that led to worldwide financial and economic collapse: Why Financial Markets Need Referees.