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Porsche Exposed

Authors: Petitt, Barbara S.; Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2004

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The case is intended to provide a contemporary debate over the use of financial derivatives (in this case, foreign currency options) as a method for the management of the economic exposure (also called operating exposure) experienced by Porsche as a result of its global sales. The decision-making of senior management is also questioned because the firm has continued to be highly controversial in its attitudes and practices related to financial reporting, and the associated practices of management towards shareholders relations and corporate governance as a whole.

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What Happened at Enron?

Author: Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2004

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On 2 December 2001, Enron Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. One of the most highly publicized business debacles in history - its settlements, criminal charges, civil charges, and workouts will continue for years. But outside of the courts and sensational press, what really happened?

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Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua

Authors: Youngdahl, W; Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 1998

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This case explores one of the most controversial managers of the past decade, Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua, the former purchasing czar for General Motors Corporation. The case highlights the 1992-1993 period in which Lopez headed GM's purchasing in North America.

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Stanley Works and Corporate Inversion

Authors: Davison, D.; Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2003

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This case uses the example of Stanley Works to introduce students to the current corporate inversion phenomenon - the change in country of incorporation of the parent company of a multinational group of companies, from the US to a tax haven country - and the extraordinary controversy surrounding these changes.

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Planet Starbucks (B): Caffeinating the World

Authors: Moffett, Michael H.; Ramaswamy, K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2003

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The case discusses the international expansion efforts of the global coffee retailer, Starbucks.

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Procter and Gamble Versus Bankers Trust

Caveat Emptor

Authors: Petitt, Barbara S.; Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2005

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The controversy surrounding the P&G swap losses had threatened to undermine the widespread use of financial derivatives by corporate treasuries in general. These swaps had been entered into under the guise of hedging, but were now being characterized as purely speculative. Corporate finance groups - and their bankers - were all asking the same question: How could this happen?

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Porsche Changes Tack

Author: Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2007

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This case has been used to focus discussion in both graduate business classes and executive education programmes on issues related to corporate governance and the financial implications of corporate strategy. It is a current case, without an ultimate outcome as of yet.

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Planet Starbucks (A)

Authors: Ramaswamy, K.; Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2003

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The case focuses on Starbucks Coffee in the early spring of 2003. Ultimately, the case is useful for debating whether a firm can be successful internationally employing a different strategy and structure than it employed in the construction of its already successful domestic business.

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Deck's Romanian Joint Venture

Author: Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2007

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Deck is a US-based multinational supplier to the automotive industry. It is a part of a joint venture (JV) in Romania, which, in October 2006, needs to be expanded to fulfill the growing needs of Renault-Dacia and its highly successful new 'world car', the Logan.

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Safety at Fluor Hanford (A, B)

Authors: Inkpen, Andrew C.; Moffett, Michael H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2009

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Fluor Corporation has always prided itself on its competence in safety. It was a core value of the company, and Fluor had achieved remarkable safety records on complex projects all over the world. But now, in the spring of 1997, Fluor found itself managing the western hemisphere's largest environmental clean-up site, the Hanford reservation in Washington State.

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