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Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Year: 2014

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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 (03/23/15–03/27/15) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!

Changing Your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs [Book]
You want to bring about positive social change. And while your peers have left a trail of failed start-ups in their wake, you want to initiate change from within an established company, where you can have a more far-reaching, even global impact. Welcome to the club—you’re a social intrapreneur. But even with your enviable skill set, your unwavering social conscience, and your determination to change the world, your path to success is filled with challenges. So how do you get started and maintain your momentum?

San Francisco, 2015 #tech #inequality [Case]
This case explores some of the substantial economic inequality problems facing San Francisco, and how much responsibility for creating or exacerbating the problems rests with the government, technology firms, their employees, and the nature of capitalism, among others. It also allows for discussion of what technology firms and the "techies" might do to help alleviate the problem.

Wok: A Sustainable Restaurant Chain? [Case]
By 2011, Wok was on its path to becoming the first "green" restaurant chain in Colombia, following its strategic decision to integrally incorporate social and environmental dimensions into its value chain. How far should that transition progress? 

Warby Parker: ‘One-For-One’ Model in Eyewear [Case]
The founders of Warby Parker created their own vertically integrated brand which sold glasses at $95 while simultaneously creating a ‘for-profit business’ that caused a huge positive impact. The company achieved this through its ‘buy-a-pair, give-a-pair program’. Experts wondered how Warby Parker would be able to sustain its success while retaining the brand’s integrity and the new innovations the company would come up with in the future.

Focus Media Holding Ltd (2014) [Case]
In November 2011, Muddy Waters, a US short-seller fund, accused Focus Media of overstating the size of its business…

* From the CasePlace Archives, comparing the financial performance of employee-owned businesses with conventionally structured companies: Model Growth: Do Employee-owned Businesses Deliver Sustainable Performance?

Listed below is last week's (03/16/15–03/20/15) material.

Social Business at Novartis: Arogya Parivar [Case]
Late in 2013, Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez was considering whether or how to deepen the company's investment in Arogya Parivar, its profitable program that sold Novartis medicines in rural India…

PepsiCo’s Amy Chen: Doing Good for the Bottom Line — and the World [Article]
Amy Chen began her career at PepsiCo as a marketer for Stacy’s, but wanted to find more ways to make a difference in the world. Her plan for a social business incubator eventually took off, leading to the creation of the social initiative Food for Good…

Alibaba Goes Public [Case]
In 2014 Alibaba debuted on the New York Stock exchange, creating not only the largest IPO in history but this initial desire to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange was denied due to the company's desire to preserve its partner's control over decision rights. Why did Hong Kong deny Alibaba's requests to list dual-class shares or to allow its partners to nominate a majority of the board of directors, and in the process turn away a superstar in Alibaba? Why did American stock markets approve of Alibaba's governance structures, despite the warnings of many governance experts?

Harrell Remodeling ESOP Company Profile [Article]
Harrell Remodeling, Inc. (HRI) is the result of a young woman's belief in the ideas that good fortune comes from hard work; that anything is possible with enough commitment; that listening to and serving the needs of others is the only correct business model and that thoughtful, methodical planning is a good thing – not a handicap.

Simplot Plant Sciences: Designing a Better Potato [Case]
Privately held Simplot has developed a new genetically engineered potato that substantially reduces waste and does not turn brown after cutting. The case describes the company's commercialization plans in light of the complex environment surrounding genetically modified foods…

* From the CasePlace Archives, when corporate social responsibility goes beyond arms-length philanthropy to promote post-war development: Partnership for Lebanon and Cisco Systems: Promoting Development in a Post-war Context.

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