Author: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Source: The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
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Billionaire's Curse: Gun-Based Succession Planning for a Bangkok Market [Case]
The case highlights the infighting within a Thai family who own and operate a fresh-food market stall business in Bangkok. The case explores the depths to which the Thammawattana dynasty sank in order to keep control of a profitable cash-in-hand business that had made the matriarch, Suwapee Thammawattana, a billionaire by the time of her death at age 65.
The Maggi Noodle Safety Crisis in India (A, B, C) [Case]
The local government in Delhi has ordered a ban on Nestlé's flagship product in India - Maggi Noodles, citing excessive lead content per government lab tests. Nestlé must decide how to respond - options include suing the regulators and withdrawing the product…
Suncor and the Future of Oil Sands [Case]
Suncor, Canada's largest producer of "oil sands," faces a host of issues involving prices, costs, and the environment. The concrescence of this issues poses immense challenges to Suncor management…
The Grommet: Managing Operations at a Fast-Paced Start-Up [Case]
The Grommet, initially called Daily Grommet but renamed in 2011, was founded to create a more equitable link between product creators and product consumers. The founders trademarked the term Citizen Commerce as the manifestation of this equitable foundation for merchandising…
Micro-Entrepreneur Elena Amaru Learns Business Fundamentals and Boosts Self-Confidence as a Bonus [Case]
Micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries often lack basic business knowledge and personal confidence needed to make the leap that will take their businesses beyond subsistence. In many of these countries, little or no business training is available to women micro-entrepreneurs. This case describes the business challenges facing a female micro-entrepreneur who worked from home and who participated in a large-scale, collaborative business education program set in Peru called Proyecto Salta (or, Salta, which means leap in Spanish).
* From the CasePlace Archives, practical advice on reinvigorating a company's ethical code: Transforming an Organization’s Ethical Culture.
The previous week's selection of new material is listed below.
Business as a Human Enterprise [Syllabus]
The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to the topic of business ethics and to examine how business ethics and human values impact business decision-making and actions at the individual, organizational, and societal levels…
Enbridge: Looking Toward the Future [Case]
In 2009, Enbridge announced the Neutral Footprint program to enhance its social licence to operate, increase its corporate responsibility, and in turn improve its corporate reputation through good performance. By the end of 2012, Enbridge had suffered from unfavourable publicity due to oil spills. It also encountered a great deal of opposition against its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project. The company’s situation was further complicated by the retirement of its chief executive officer who had started the Neutral Footprint program. Enbridge’s new chief executive officer and president needed to be convinced of the benefits of the Neutral Footprint program, most of which were difficult to quantify.
Professional Responsibility and Leadership (PRL) [Syllabus]
In this course, students have the opportunity to pursue the following learning objectives: 1) to become more familiar with the variety of ethical dilemmas that can arise in the course of business practice; 2) to understand the different values and principles that can inform and guide decisions in such ambiguous situations; and 3) to gain experience articulating and defending courses of action that are coherent with their own values.
Stephen Richards: Addressing FAQ [Case]
Stephen Richards, former global head of sales at Computer Associates, addresses frequently asked questions from "A Letter from Prison."
MOR 385m: Business, Government, and Society [Syllabus]
In a world characterized by rapidly improving economic conditions for many people but persistent suffering and inequities for many others, business is a contested institution. Many people worry about the social and environmental costs of a business system based on profit-driven market competition, wage employment, and minimal government regulation. Many others, on the other hand, highlight the rapid increases in productivity and improvements in living standards engendered by the business sector, and warn of the risks of undermining those benefits by imposing particular moral standards or stronger government regulation. And others again see in business a potentially powerful lever for positive environmental and social progress, if only businesses were directed towards more ethical and sustainable goals beyond financial gain. The debates are intense among proponents of these positions and others too…
* From the CasePlace Archives, a discussion of managerial responsibility and the manipulation of financial performance from one who should know: A Letter from Prison.