Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
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. The week's (03/10/14–03/14/14) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!
Vestas and the Indigenous Communities in Oaxaca, Mexico: Clean Energy Gets Messy [Case]
Vestas was to start delivering 132 V90-3.0 megawatt (MW) turbines in the second quarter of 2012. The turbines were to be installed in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca, a southern state in Mexico. However, on 17 October 2012, Vestas’s deliveries were put on hold when social organisations and 40 indigenous Zapotec and Huave people held rallies in front of the Danish Embassy in Mexico City...
Arab Women Rising [Book]
In Arab Women Rising, Knowledge@Wharton contributors Nafeesa Syeed and Rahilla Zafar share the entrepreneurial journeys of 35 women, from a flower farmer tending her fields in the Tunisian countryside to a Saudi royal advocating for expanded women's rights throughout the kingdom.
Global Social Entrepreneurship [Syllabus]
Social entrepreneurship is about how to frame problems and devise sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. This course teaches how to combine business and management skills, imagination, passion, and the courage of individuals to effectively tackle social problems.
The Double Bottom Line: Profit and Social Benefit [Article]
A new business model is providing structure for nonprofits that wish to grow, for for-profits that wish to be socially responsible, and for individuals who wish to invest in companies with a commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. B Lab has taken the lead in providing the models necessary for this shift to a focus on the double bottom line: profit and social benefit...
Tesla Motors [Case]
Tesla seemed to be on its way to defy the skeptics and become the first US company to enter the car industry with a mass-produced car since WWII and the first to successfully launch a fully electric car. Or was it not?
* From the CasePlace Archives, the story of entrepreneurs who asked “What if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers?": Equal Exchange: Doing Well by Doing Good©.
Listed below is last week's (03/03/14–03/07/14) material.
BrightSource: Challenges and Prospects for a Concentrated Solar Power Plant [Case]
The case presents the challenges confronting BrightSource, a company building a commercial-scale concentrated solar power plant in California in 2013: 1) environmentalists wanted to protect a threatened species at the site of the new plant, 2) competing solar power technology had become much cheaper in recent years, and 3) the company had been unable to get investors for its new thermal storage technology, which could be a game changer for the industry.
Business 494/IES 594: Sustainability Perspectives in Resources and Business [Syllabus]
The course design enables future entrepreneurs and innovation leaders within existing corporate and public agency entities to take advantage of sustainability related opportunities, develop a business plan and provide guidance on how to secure funding and operationalize the plans...
BOS 371: When Law Goes Pop [Syllabus]
Drawing on the rich interaction between law and popular culture, this course explores the narratives the law provides for understanding our personal and professional relationships, our larger commercial lives, and ultimately ourselves.
Teaching Victorian Literature to Accounting Majors; Not-For-Profit Accounting and Government Accounting [Syllabus]
Connecting a Victorian Literature class with a senior-level accounting course seems so mysterious that it might well have been concocted by Charles Dickens for one of his novels. As with most mysteries, questions abound. What are we as the teachers of these two classes trying to achieve? How did we manage to construct two such different courses in tandem? What possessed second semester seniors in a highly regarded business school to enroll in an elective class focusing on the study of lengthy novels written 150 years ago?
Child in Need Institute: Non-Profit or Hybrid? [Case]
In February 2009, the additional director at the Child In Need Institute (CINI) received the most challenging assignment that CINI’s board of governors had ever given him — to prepare a comprehensive proposal recommending whether the organization should continue as a non-government organization (NGO) driven primarily by donations and grants, or should venture into social business...
* From the CasePlace Archives, research investigates how employee-owned businesses performed before and during the 2007-2009 recession relative to conventionally structured businesses (short answer: very well): Model Growth: Do Employee-owned Businesses Deliver Sustainable Performance?