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 (04/20/15–04/24/15) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!
A Costly Train Journey (A, B) [Case]
Costly Train Journey tells the story of an MBA student who on graduation started an investment banking job in the City. He was successful in his first few years but commuting into London he continued to dodge the train fare until he was caught by ticket inspectors. The case is based loosely on the experience of Jonathan Burrows a Managing Director at Blackrock Asset Management…
Y&D Audio Warranty Policies: Accrual Estimates and Ethical Decision-Making [Case]
This case raises a number of issues related to the exercise of managerial judgment in financial reporting. Specifically, the case requires students to estimate the warranty expense for a start-up company and requires the explicit consideration of the ethical issues that arise in the estimation process…
Making the Business Case for Environmental Sustainability [Working Paper]
What is the business case for acting in an environmentally sustainable way? This paper illustrates three ways for a firm to profit from sustainability investments, including forestalled risk, increased operational efficiency, and targeting the niche environmental market.
Clean Water Grow: 'Go or No Go?' [Case]
The case educates students on the challenge of finding innovative ways to operate and maintain wastewater infrastructure in the face of population growth and increased pressure on natural systems. This case follows Clean Water Services in its pilot test of a home garden fertilizer product that is linked to the environmental benefits and operational efficiencies gained through an innovative treatment technology. In 2009, CWS implemented a groundbreaking solution to the challenge of struvite; one that also had the potential to turn a waste stream into a revenue stream…
Provident: How to Tackle Financial Exclusion in Poland [Case]
In March 2010, Provident Poland (owned by International Personal Finance) implemented a new set of responsible lending standards, called Treating Customers Fairly. Provident is operating on small cash loans to moderate and low-income customers in Poland, mostly with trouble repaying installments on time. For such people a loan can provide not only short-time relief, but also become - in some cases - a financial trap causing the indebtedness of the client to further deepen. This campaign had both a social and strategic aim…
* From the CasePlace Archives, the challenges of educating young Afghani women for social good and for profit: Hassina Sherjan.
Listed below is last week's (04/13/15–04/17/15) material.
Your Company May Unwittingly be Conducting Business with Human Traffickers: How Can You Prevent This? [Article]
This article examines the extent to which companies are involved in combating human trafficking, and helps companies identify where they are at risk for involvement with human trafficking. Moreover, steps are suggested to prevent human trafficking from occurring within company operations and supply chains…
KEROVKA: SG Energy Simulation [Multimedia Exercise]
The KEROVKA case is an immersive computer-based crisis management simulation where teams of students are placed in the role of a country manager for a Central Asian energy company, SG Energy. SG is engaged in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and has been accused of polluting the ground water…
Gilead: Hepatitis-C Access Strategy (A, B) [Case]
Gilead had come up with an innovative drug for Hepatitis C, which affected 180 million people worldwide. The drug was priced at $1,000 a pill for the US market. Gilead had to decide how to price and market the pill in developing countries that bore the brunt of the disease…
+CSR: The Equity Bank Way [Case]
From inception, the bank adopted sustainability as a key aspect of its business model. In particular, the bank identified a big social issue that seemed intractable - the exclusion of poor from the formal banking system which helped to sustain poverty and through its efforts at tackling the social problem, it created economically valuable products and services that empowered the disadvantaged population to maximize their opportunities. This alternate business practice produced for the bank a sustainable competitive advantage over other financial institutions...
Syngenta: Committing to Africa [Case]
In 2012, Syngenta, one of the world's largest agricultural input company, committed to build a $1 billion business in Africa over the next 10 years. In mid-2014, CEO Michael Mack and Africa Venture Team head Dimitri Pauwels are reviewing progress. Was the company's commitment to Africa still relevant and achievable?
* From the CasePlace Archives, achieving the triple bottom line at an eco-capitalist company built on waste: TerraCycle.