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 (08/25/14–08/29/14) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!
Industrial Waste [Multimedia]
Now there's a new concept called 'Industrial Symbiosis' that can create greener communities of interdependent industries...
Olympus: When the Gods Came Tumbling Down [Case]
In April 2011, Michael Woodford, a British national, was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Olympus. Within months of becoming President, Woodford discovered that Olympus had made some questionable acquisitions and paid large amounts of money for companies with few assets, and exorbitant advisory fees to non-substantive companies based in the Cayman Islands. It became clear to him that colleagues and respected Board members within the company had propagated and concealed this fraud. Woodford was distressed by the fact that these fraudulent dealings had cost Olympus shareholders more than a billion dollars.
The Military-Environmental Complex [Article]
On the one hand, because legal rules permit the military to disregard environmental laws when they conflict with the military’s national security mission, one might be left with the impression that the military always stands opposed to environmental protection. Yet the military is currently engaged in an extensive undertaking to improve its sustainable energy use by reducing demand and developing renewables in its multiple roles as a war fighter, a landlord, a first user of pre-commercial technologies, and a potential high-demand consumer...
Betting Private Capital on Fixing Public Ills: Instiglio Brings Social Impact Bonds to Colombia [Case]
In July 2012, three freshly-minted Harvard Kennedy School graduates bought one-way tickets to Medellin, Colombia, to launch a nonprofit startup they called Instiglio. Their idea: to bring Social Impact Bonds, still experimental even in affluent nations, to Colombia and other low to middle income countries.
Global Business Ethics: China and US Issues [Interview]
Discussing the ethical and global challenges of Americans doing business in China and vice versa...
* From the CasePlace Archives, tools to evaluate geopolitical events, including natural disasters and terrorism, and their possible business impacts: Geopolitics.
Listed below is last week's (08/18/14–08/22/14) material.
Building a Culture for Sustainability: People, Planet, and Profits in a New Green Economy [Book]
The vast majority of today's CEOs consider sustainability essential to their company's success, yet most do not know how to embed it into their company and its culture. This book guides firms of all types and sizes—from those organizations just starting their journey to sustainability, to those seeking to accelerate their positive impact on people, reduce their negative environmental impact, and improve their bottom line.
How Increasing Income Inequality Is Dampening U.S. Economic Growth, and Possible Ways to Change the Tide [Report]
The topic of income inequality and its effects has been the subject of countless analysis stretching back generations and crossing geopolitical boundaries. Despite the tendency to speak about this issue in moral terms, the central questions are economic ones: Would the U.S. economy be better off with a narrower income gap? And, if an unequal distribution of income hinders growth, which solutions could do more harm than good, and which could make the economic pie bigger for all?
Shared Entrepreneurship: A Path to Engaged Employee Ownership [Book]
In many ways the persistent top-down command and control theme that supports established leadership thought and practice prevents organizations from fully tapping into their human resources, in turn limiting their flexibility to meet the challenges of increasingly dynamic, complex, and competitive environments. Shared Entrepreneurship replaces the top-down approaches of the past with a new framework that draws strengths and innovation from collaboration and sharing.
Is 'Shareholder Value' Bad for Business? [Article]
Critics say that the pursuit of "shareholder value" can actually hurt corporations and profits and argue for a broader view of the purpose of business...
Leading Employees through Major Organizational Change [Article]
I took over as CEO of Sanofi Canada in May 2012 when the healthcare organization was preparing for major change. We were about to move hundreds of employees to a new corporate headquarters, a challenging operation at the best of times...
* From the CasePlace Archives, the role of history and politics in Russia’s largest natural gas producer: Gazprom (A, B, C): Energy and Strategy in Russian History.