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ChoicePoint (A, B)

Author: Paine, Lynn S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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The CEO of ChoicePoint, a leading company in the rapidly growing U.S. personal data industry, must reexamine the company's business model after a serious breach of data security affecting some 145,000 U.S. citizens...

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Cutter & Buck (A, B, C)

Authors: Sahlman, William; Winston, Victoria W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Only three short months into her new position as CEO of publicly traded golf apparel manufacturer Cutter & Buck, Fran Conley discovers accounting irregularities that call into question the reliability of this company's financial statements....

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The Octopus and the Generals

The United Fruit Co. in Guatemala

Authors: Jones, Geoffrey G.; Bucheli, Marcelo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Examines the overthrow of President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954 in a U.S.-backed coup in support of the United Fruit Co. This case discusses the tension between large Western resource multinationals and developing countries for much of the last century.

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Stock Option Backdating and Other Grant Timing Controversies

Author: Rosen, Corey
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The National Center for Employee Ownership
Publication Year: 2006

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This report details the practice of backdating stock options.

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A Closer Look at Business Education: Corporate Governance

Author: Leimsider, Rich
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2006

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Corporate governance (CG) is one of the most talked about topics in business, indeed in society, today. A Google search revealed 513 news citations during a single week in June 2006. Most academics, business professionals, and lay observers would agree that CG is defined as...

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Webcast: Sarbanes-Oxley Act: How Did We Get Here?

Online Web-Conference, June 27th, 2006

Authors: Keating, Elizabeth; The Corporate Governance and Accountability Project Team
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education's Corporate Governance and Accountability Project
Publication Year: 2006

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Faculty, if you missed the Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Keating's Sarbanes Oxley Web-Conference (Sarbanes-Oxley: How Did We Get Here?), you can still access the powerpoint and audio presentations here...

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Arthur Andersen LLP

Authors: Hawkins, David F.; Cohen, Jacob
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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This case highlights the history of Arthur Andersen and the collapse of the firm following the Enron Corp. audit and the Department of Justice obstruction of justice conviction. To encourage the discussion of the role of audit firms, the accounting industry, and internal controls.

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Enron

Enron: 1986-2001. Media Collection.

Author:
Product Type: Web Sites
Source:
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Sarbanes-Oxley Act: How Did We Get Here?

Author: Keating, Elizabeth
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education's Corporate Governance and Accountability Project
Publication Year: 2006

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The Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act, known as “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”, was passed in 2002 following a series of corporate bankruptcies and allegations of executive management malfeasance, most notably Enron and WorldCom. The regulation of securities had not been this significantly altered since...

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Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)

Author: PCAOB
Product Type: Web Sites
Source:
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The Enron Case That Almost Wasn' t

Authors: Barrionuevo, Alexei; Eichenwald, Kurt
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2006

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Employee Share Ownership Plans: Evaluating the Role of Tax and Other Factors Using Two Case Studies

Authors: Ramsay, Ian; Barnes, Andrew; Josev, Tanya; Lenne, Jarrod; Marshall, Shelley; Mitchell, Richard; Rider, Cameron
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: University of Melbourne
Publication Year: 2006

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This study explores, through case studies of ESO plans at two Australian companies, three key issues relevant to the implementation of ESO plans and the policy and regulation applicable to ESO plans.

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Ohio's Oldest ESOP

Alloy Engineering's Success Story

Author: Thomas, Karen
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Owners At Work, Summer 2006, 6-7
Publication Year: 2006

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Extending ownership to all employees, involving all in managing the business and tying the compensation to profits brought a renaissance to Alloy Engineering twenty years ago.

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Directing for All the Wrong Reasons

Author: Martin, Roger
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2006

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Last spring, Roger Martin gave a rather unpopular speech at a dinner attended by 400 of Canada’s most important directors.

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Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services

Corporate responsibility: Managing risk and creating value

Author: The Australian Parliament
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source:
Publication Year: 2006

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On 23 June 2005, the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services resolved to inquire into Corporate Responsibility and Triple-Bottom-Line reporting, for incorporated entities in Australia, with particular reference to...

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Internal Control over Financial Reporting – Guidance for Small Companies, Volume I Executive Summary

Author: Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Publication Year: 2006

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Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in 1992 issued Internal Control- Integrated Framework to help businesses and other entities assess and enhance their internal control systems...

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Symbol of an Era: Lay, Skilling Convicted of Fraud

Authors: Emschwiller, John R.; McWilliams, Gary; Davis, Ann
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wall Street Journal
Publication Year: 2006

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Attorneys for both men said they would appeal the verdicts, which came on the sixth day of jury deliberations that many observers had expected to stretch for weeks.

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Ernst & Young LLP

Authors: Hawkins, David F.; Cohen, Jacob
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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The history of Ernst & Young provides a platform to discuss the issues related to the sale of the consulting business as well as the founding of the legal unit. It dovetails with the issues raised at Arthur Andersen regarding the role of the Big Four accounting firms and how they deal with issues of conflict of interest and internal controls to ensure independence.

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IKEA's Global Sourcing Challenge (A, B)

Indian Rugs and Child Labor

Authors: Bartlett, Christopher A.; Dessain, Vincent; Sjoman, Anders
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Traces the history of IKEA's response to a TV report that its Indian carpet suppliers were using child labor. Describes IKEA's growth, including the importance of a sourcing strategy based on its close relationships with suppliers in developing countries...

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Critical Mass on Corporate Boards

Why Three or More Women Enhance Governance

Authors: Kramer, Vicki W.; Konrad, Alison M.; Erkut, Sumru
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Wellesley Centers for Women
Publication Year: 2006

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Although numerous articles make a case for diversity on boards and scholars have begun to focus on women on boards, the Critical Mass project is the first research study to examine multiple perspectives on the impact of the number of women on corporate boards of directors.

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Corporate Governance

INSEAD

Authors: Kogut, Bruce; Paille, Stéphanie
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2006

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This course focuses on the relationship between institutions of corporate governance and the economic performance of corporate enterprises.

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The Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Author: SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Securities and Exchange Commission
Publication Year: 2006

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission" or "SEC") chartered the Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies on March 23, 2005. The Charter directed the Advisory Committee to assess the current regulatory system for smaller companies under the securities laws of the United States, and make recommendations for changes...

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Program on Corporate Governance

Author: John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: Harvard Law School
Publication Year:

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The Program on Corporate Governance, operating within the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, seeks to facilitate research and scholarship about corporate governance.

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Legal Aspects of Management: Anticipating and Managing Risk

Module Note

Author: Bagley, Constance E.
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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This module deals with the way firms should approach business risks in order to avoid legal liability and how firms can use contracts to allocate risk.

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Agricultural Biotechnology Meets International Trade: The US-EU GMO Dispute (A, B)

Authors: Devereaux, C; Williams, A; Lawrence, Robert
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2006

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This is the first of a two-case series (KSG1832.0 and KSG1833.0). This case traces the development of genetically-modified (GM) foods in the United States and in Europe. The US had from the start a commanding lead in GM food development and a correspondingly large stake in global acceptance of GM seeds and foods. The case describes evolving and contrasting US and European consumer attitudes toward GM foods - a general acceptance in the US versus a worried rejection in Europe...

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Coke Directors Agree to Give Up Pay if Company Misses Earnings Goals

Authors: Terhune, Chad; Lublin, Joann
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wall Street Journal
Publication Year: 2006

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Coca Cola's latest plan to improve corporate governance requires directors to give up all of their compensation if the company fails to meet profit targets over the next three years...

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The Unexpected Benefits of Sarbanes-Oxley

Authors: Wagner, Stephen; Dittmar, Lee
Product Type:
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2006

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In the wake of a series of gross corporate abuses around the turn of the century, Congress passed Sarbanes-Oxley, which was intended to make corporate governance more rigorous, financial practices more transparent, and management criminally liable for lapses. The first year of implementation was costly and onerous, far more so than companies had been led to expect. In the view of a few open-minded firms, however, the second year of compliance turned out to be not only less costly and less onerous (as doing something for the second time usually turns out to be), but a source of valuable insights into operations, which management has translated into improved efficiencies and cost savings...

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Strategic Compliance Management

Author: Bagley, Constance E.
Product Type: Notes
Source:
Publication Year: 2006

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This note argues that managers and their firms perform more effectively when they comply with applicable laws and search for innovation opportunities created by regulation and deregulation.

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Public Law

The Rules of the Game

Author: Bagley, Constance E.
Product Type: Notes
Source:
Publication Year: 2006

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Outlines the four primary public policy objectives underlying the U.S. laws regulating business in the early 21st century: to promote economic growth; to protect workers; to promote consumer welfare, and to promote public welfare. Also discusses ways to use the law as an enabling force for business development.

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The PCAOB (A, B)

Authors: Paine, Lynn S.; Bettcher, Kim Eric
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Members of the Public Co. Accounting Oversight Board--a private-sector, nonprofit body created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002--must determine the form and content of a new auditing standard on internal control that will fulfill the requirements of Section 404 of the act...

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Earnings Management: Causes, Techniques, and Transparent Financial Reporting

Author: Mintz, Steven
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education's Corporate Governance and Accountability Project
Publication Year: 2006

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Earnings management occurs when managers use judgments to purposefully alter operating results to mislead stakeholders into thinking the company is doing better than it really is or to gain a personal advantage.

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Spain Makes a Stand against Financial Scandals

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2006

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What is good corporate governance?

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Advising Corporate Boards Seminar

Authors: Blair, Margaret; Hackenbrack, Karl
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Professor Margaret Blair, Vanderbilt Law School, and Professor Karl Hackenbrack, Vanderbilt Owen School of Management. Spring 2006.
Publication Year: 2006

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This seminar course is designed to give students a chance to learn about and gain some "hands-on" experiences in the problems and pitfalls involved in being a director of a publicly-traded corporation. The goal is to begin to prepare students for the task of advising corporate boards on legal requirements and best practices in the boardroom.

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From Challenge to Opportunity: The Role of Business in Tomorrow's Society

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Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: WBCSD
Publication Year: 2006

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Companies able to tackle issues such as poverty, climate change and population shifts are those most likely to succeed in the future. This is a view shared by eight global business leaders in a major new publication from the WBCSD...

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Details and Evaluation

Authors: Kulp, Susan; Lane, David
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Presents details related to Sarbanes-Oxley, with special emphasis on Section 404.

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Cynthia Cooper and Worldcom (A)

Authors: Mead, Jenny; Werhane, Patricia H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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In late May of 2002, Cynthia Cooper, the 38-year old Vice President of Internal Audit for WorldCom, the second largest telecommunications company in the United States behind American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T), faced an extremely difficult decision...

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Research on Social Responsibility Business

Author: Levine, David
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: University of California Berkeley
Publication Year: 2006

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This course helps students to understand theories of companies are and when they should be socially responsible (using a variety of definitions of “responsible”).

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If Cops Can Change, So Can Corporations

Authors: Kamener, Larry; Dyer, Andrew; Caldecott, Julie; Cotter, Kate; McInstosh, Fiona
Product Type:
Source: The Boston Consulting Group
Publication Year: 2006

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Cops and corporations have more in common than might be imagined. Both operate in rapidly evolving competitive landscapes and are searching for innovative ways to thrive in an increasingly informed, sophisticated, and demanding world. BCG recently helped the main police force in Melbourne with organizational issues to help fight crime more effectively. Drawing on that work, the OfA offers three lessons for corporations on communications, skills, and decision making as they introduce organizational change...

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A Closer Look at Business Education: Finance

Author: Leimsider, Rich
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2006

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Finance is seductive. It is numbers-intensive, based on fundamental mathematic principles, and seems values-neutral, almost scientific. Yet finance involves substantial moral judgments about the world in which we live...

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The Salt Lake Organizing Committee

2002 Olympics

Authors: Bowen, H. K.; Purrington, Courtney; LaPierre, Bryce C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Summarizes the organizational structure and processes put in place by Bullock and CEO Mitt Romney, as well as how they created systems and culture to endow effective working knowledge to the 90% of their staff who started working two weeks before the games began...

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Restating Revenues and Earnings at INVESTools, Inc. (A, B, C, D)

Authors: Kimbrough, Michael D.; McFarlan, F. Warren
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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This case relates the events leading up to the announcement in February 2005 that INVESTools, a Utah-based provider of investor education services, would be restating prior-year financial statements due to inappropriate revenue recognition.

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The SEC: Beyond Disclosure

Author: Bebchuk, Lucian
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Forbes
Publication Year: 2006

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The recent Securities and Exchange Commission vote in favor of expanded disclosure of executive pay arrangements is a necessary and very useful step. But we should harbor no illusion that it would be sufficient by itself to fix the problems of U.S. executive compensation...

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How Much Does the Boss Make?

Author: Bebchuk, Lucian
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Wall Street Journal
Publication Year: 2006

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Investors should applaud the SEC's vote yesterday to propose an expansion in disclosure requirements for executive pay. While there is room for reasonable disagreement on the merits of prevailing pay arrangements, there can be little disagreement on the quality of disclosure practices. These are highly inadequate.

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Ethics in Finance

Author: Bruner, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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This paper reflects on the role of ethics in the field of finance.

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Market Failures

Author: Goodwin, Neva
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education's Corporate Governance and Accountability Project
Publication Year: 2006

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Economists recognize that markets lead to efficiency and the social good only under certain conditions. This collection, prepared by the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, describes seven causes of market failure and provides cases and readings related to each.

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Crime and Consequences Still Weigh on Corporate World; Four Years Later, Enron's Shadow Lingers as Change Comes Slowly

Author: Labaton, Stephen
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2006

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America's corporate chieftains would prefer that Enron just go away. But four years after the company's ignominious collapse, Enron's former top executives are about to head to a climactic criminal trial later this month, serving as a reminder that changes in the behavior of many American companies have been more muted than many once expected...

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Water, Communities and Mineral Resource Development - Understanding the Risks and Opportunities

Authors: Brereton, David; Parmenter, J
Product Type: Cases
Source: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland
Publication Year: 2006

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Using case studies, this paper will explore the various types of social risks and opportunities associated with water and mineral resource development and identify key learnings relating to the management of these issues.

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Giving Donors Control

Author: Gordon, Dan
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2006

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A United Way affiliate has boosted its fundraising by breaking the rules

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Drowning in Data

Author: Conner Snibbe, Alana
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2006

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In the frenzy over accountability, funders, donors, and the general public are calling for more program evaluation. But few understand evaluation well enough to conduct or bankroll high-quality studies. Without sufficient knowledge or funding, nonprofits are often collecting heaps of dubious data, at great cost to themselves and ultimately to the people they serve.

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A Framework for Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility Programs as a Continuum

An Exploratory Study

Authors: Pirsch, Julie; Gupta, Shruti; Landreth Grau, Stacy
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Springer
Publication Year: 2006

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs are increasingly popular corporate marketing strategies. This paper argues that CSR programs can fall along a continuum between two endpoints: Institutionalized programs and Promotional programs. Ethical and managerial implications of preliminary findings are discussed.

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