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Sovereign Bancorp and Relational Investors

The Role of the Activist Hedge Fund

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2007

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In 2005, Relational Investors, a registered investment advisor, launched a proxy contest to gain two seats on the board of directors of Sovereign Bancorp. This case considers the circumstances under which an activist investor might wish to seek change in the management or governance of a company and the operational, financial, and governance-related factors it might look for in a target. It also considers the extent to which shareholder activism adds efficiency and improves corporate governance and the extent to which it detracts from them.

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ESPA--Extended Service Plans of America

Authors: Grousbeck, H. Irving; Arippol, Patrick
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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This case allows students to have a balanced discussion around the ethical and financial considerations of handling a frustrated terminated employee, leaks of confidential management decisions, and performance evaluation.

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Innovation and Collaboration at Merrill Lynch

Authors: Groysberg, Boris; Vargas, Ingrid
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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In the spring of 2005, about 500 Merrill Lynch analysts worldwide participated in a collaborative effort to produce innovative research. Many analysts who had been assigned to work on collaborative projects indicated increased learning and a willingness to work in teams again. The case discusses the influence of leaders on group dynamics and the issues of product innovation through teams, team dynamics, cross-border team collaboration, alignment of incentives, decision making, and negotiation under uncertain conditions.

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Executive Compensation at Nabors Industries

Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2007

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Goes beyond the headline numbers reported in the press to discuss appropriate levels and structure of executive compensation, and put executive compensation in the context of a company's industry, position within the industry, and financial situation.

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American Outsourcing

Authors: Veytsman, Alexander; Vietor, Richard H.K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case discusses the phenomenon of outsourcing jobs from the United States, and reviews the evolution of Mexico's Maquiladoras, manufacturing special economic areas in China, and information technology and service-sourcing in India.

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Rwanda

National Economic Transformation

Authors: Porter, Michael E.; Carlsson, Kjell; McCreless, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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Rwanda, one of the poorest countries in the world, highlights the challenges of economic development in Africa and in other low-income countries. This case asks how a good set of policies--both macro and micro--can address the economic challenges of a least developed country following a national crisis.

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Morgan Stanley, 2005

Authors: Campa, J.; Oleaga, M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case is designed in order to discuss if some practices of Morgan Stanley's Board of Directors followed the best interest of shareholders and whether or not they comply with the good practices of the Corporate Governance Code.

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Global Trends in Energy

Energy and materials companies face a demanding future. They must start preparing for it now.

Authors: Bozon, Ivo J. H.; Campbell, Warren J.; Lindstrand, Mats
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2007

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To understand the nature of the forces affecting global energy and materials markets, executives in these sectors will have to confront difficult strategic, organizational, operational, and technological choices...

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The Fall of United Western Bank

Authors: Gupta, V.; Chakraborty, I.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2007

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The case describes the growth and collapse of United Western Bank Limited (UWBL), a private sector commercial bank in India. Since the late 1990s, UWBL was facing several problems including asset-liability mismanagement, inefficient management of bank's assets, irregular transactions with some of its major shareholders like Makharia Group, and conflicts between the bank's major shareholders regarding the ownership of the bank and poor governance.

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Porsche Changes Tack

Author: Moffett, M
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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