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 (04/14/14–04/18/14) newest additions are listed below. Enjoy!
Can an "Ethical" Bank Support Guns and Fracking? [Case]
Should Rocky Mountain Green Bank deny a loan to a gun manufacturer?
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change [Book]
Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world.
The Price of the GM Recalls: Advice for Mary Barra [Article]
GM's recent recall crisis has been linked to more than a dozen deaths. What steps can the company and its new CEO take to begin to recover and make amends?
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt [Book]
Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets...
Axel Springer and the Quest for the Boundaries of Corporate Responsibility [Case]
In the case of Axel Springer the question is focused on the aspect how much responsibility the company might have for its supply chain: how far and how deep down the supply chain does or should responsibility of a corporation reach?
* From the CasePlace Archives, how top corporations have discovered that investing in and partnering with underserved communities can yield significant profits: Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets.
Listed below is last week's (04/07/14–04/11/14) material.
Doing Well and Doing Good: Pioneer Employers Discover Profits and Deliver Opportunity for Frontline Workers [Report]
A new study of business practices reveals powerful ways to create strategic and financial gains. Lower-wage workers, when supported by effective policies, boost productivity, quality, innovation, and revenues from new markets...
Sallie Krawcheck on the Business Case for Diverse Leadership [Interview]
In an interview with Wharton management professor Adam M. Grant, Krawcheck speaks about the “subtle, well-meaning biases” against women, how they can be overcome and why diverse leadership at the top is critical for “higher returns, lower volatility, lower risk, more client-focus and more innovation.”
Henry Schein: Doing Good by Doing Well? [Case]
The case explores the principles behind Schein's culture and presents challenges to maintaining the culture as the company continues to expand internationally, including its goal to be the first national distributor of dental supplies in China.
Everybody’s Business: The Unlikely Story of How Big Business Can Fix the World [Book]
Big businesses are powerful machines. We all know they have the potential to cause enormous social and environmental harm; but with their resources and expertise they can also be great engines of positive change...
Waste, Recycling and Entrepreneurship in Central and Northern Europe, 1870-1940 [Working Paper]
This working paper examines the role of entrepreneurs in the municipal solid waste industry in industrialized central and northern Europe from the late nineteenth century to the 1940s. It explores the emergence of numerous German, Danish, and other European entrepreneurial firms explicitly devoted to making a profitable business out of conserving and returning valuable resources to productive use, while maintaining public sanitation and in many cases offering nascent environmental protections.
* From the CasePlace Archives, a journal spotlights sustainability, consumption patterns, environmental degradation, low-carbon technologies and more: Special Issue: Sustainability and Consumption.