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 (12/9/13–12/13/13) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!
CSR and the Tobacco Industry: A Contradiction in Terms? [Case]
This case presents the concept of corporate social responsibility at the industry level, here the tobacco industry, particularly given the nature of its product which is legal but lethal. Can tobacco companies really become 'socially responsible consumer goods companies'?
Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in Business School Education [Book]
Corporate accountability is never far from the front page, and as one of the world’s most elite business schools, Harvard Business School trains many of the future leaders of Fortune 500 companies. But how does HBS formally and informally ensure faculty and students embrace proper business standards? Relying on his first-hand experience as a Harvard Business School faculty member, Michel Anteby takes readers inside HBS in order to draw vivid parallels between the socialization of faculty and of students.
Taj Hotels: Building Sustainable Livelihoods [Case]
This case explores issues faced by the corporate sustainability manager at the corporate headquarters of a large hotel group in a developing nation as she implements her company’s corporate sustainability strategy through supplier partnerships with bottom-of-the-pyramid (BoP) social organizations...
Dollars and Sense: The Implications of CEO Compensation for Organizational Performance [Article]
Crafting a compensation package for an organization's chief executive officer that will help the firm maximize its performance is a vexing challenge for a board of directors. Management theory offers boards several practical hints...
United Rentals (A, B) [Case]
In the spring of 2008, the recession had decimated United Rentals's core business, construction equipment rental. In addition, two of the company's former chief financial officers had been charged with securities fraud and other violations, by both the U.S. Attorney's office and the SEC. And the company was still dealing with multiple purported class action and derivative lawsuits that had been filed against it. It was during this time the board started looking for candidates both for the CEO and Chairman positions...
* From the CasePlace Archives, a guide to social intrapreneurship for corporate changemakers, with profiles of successful innovators and their initiatives:Making Your Impact at Work: A Practical Guide to Changing the World from Inside Any Company.
Listed below is last week's (12/2/13–12/6/13) material.
Don't Just Dump It!: Saving Sandy Pond [Case]
In July 2009, Vale NL began building a $2.17 billion nickel refinery in Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador. The refinery would bring economic prosperity by creating 1,600-2,000 jobs during construction and 400-500 permanent jobs in an area of high unemployment. A major environmental issue was the disposal of tailings from the refinery, and the approved solution was to store them in a natural lake known as Sandy Pond. Members of several environmental NGOs had opposed the use of the lake as a "tailings impoundment area" and formed the Sandy Pond Alliance for the Protection of Canadian Waters...
Firm Competitiveness and Detection of Bribery [Paper]
Bribery is widespread around the world, illegal, detrimental to economic progress and social stability, and at the same time it can have clear economic benefits for a firm. While the benefits of bribery for a firm, through acquisition of contracts or avoidance of government bureaucracy, are intuitive and well documented, the costs after detection are less well understood...
Controversy at the New Museum [Case]
When in 2009, New York's New Museum announced an upcoming exhibition featuring pieces from the collection of Dakis Joannou, it ignited considerable debate within art circles. Critics were troubled by several aspects, not least the fact that Dakis Joannou was a New Museum trustee, while guest curator Jeff Koons was a long-time friend and highly successful artist who featured prominently in his collection. The case can be used for discussion of topics including ethics, public-private partnerships, markets or organisational culture...
The Balanced Scorecard in China: Does It Work? [Article]
This article attempts to summarize the limitations of the balanced scorecard from Western literature, to determine the obstacles associated with the deployment of the balanced scorecard in China, and to provide recommendations for Western firms in terms of how to successfully implement the balanced scorecard in China.
Corporate Social Responsibility at ASUS [Case]
This case discusses the social and environmental initiatives taken by the Taiwan-based ASUSTEK Computer Inc (ASUS). It discusses the vision of the company, which believed that social and environment initiatives would, in the long run, result in the improvement of financial performance and a better corporate image for ASUS...
* From the CasePlace Archives, a discussion of the complex circumstances and responsibilities behind the 1984 disaster in Bhopal:Union Carbide's Bhopal Plant (A, B).