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The Fall of D'Long

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

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The case discusses the rise and fall of China based D'Long Group.

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Royal Ahold

International Growth and Acquisitions

Authors: Vermeulen, F.; Aalbers, L.; Record, J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: London Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case describes how Ahold began a series of carefully selected acquisitions, but gradually the rapid expansion grew out of control until, in 2002 / 2003, the company all but collapsed under allegations of fraud, overstating profit figures etc.

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KingJewels: Ethical Leadership in Practice

Authors: Lau, Amy; Wong, Raymond; Wong, Macy
Product Type: Cases
Source: Asia Case Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2007

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This case illustrates the importance of corporate governance and internal control, even for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and especially when senior management members of the company concerned had ties that extend beyond professional relationships.

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Procomp Informatic: Stepping on Ethical Landmines in Asia

Authors: Woo, Claudia H.L.; Lau, Amy
Product Type: Cases
Source:
Publication Year: 2007

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This case is about the collapse of Procomp Informatics Ltd, a major Taiwanese chipmaker, which has been regarded by Taiwan's market watchdogs as similar to the scandal of the US energy giant Enron in 2001.

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An Ethical Issue at General Electric

Author: Cervantes Guerra, L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Tecnologico de Monterrey
Publication Year: 2006

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In December 1990 Ben Heineman, General Counsel of General Electric, called Jack Welch (CEO) at his home to let him know that they had an employee who had a joint Swiss bank account with an Israeli air force general. Some urgent actions needed to be taken.

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Financial Reporting Problems at Molex, Inc. (A, B, C)

Author: Healy, Paul M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Following an accounting problem at Molex, the firm's auditors request changes in management.

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Board Representation: Multiple Interests and Corporate Governance

Authors: Scully, Maureen; Johnson, Jennifer
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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What issues are involved in representing multiple interests on boards? Several perspectives on corporate governance allow that shareholders and other stakeholders be taken into account in decisions about corporate strategy and resource allocation. The process of integrating minority concerns into corporate boards is often fraught with challenges...

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Smart Spenders: The Global Innovation 1000

Authors: Jaruzelski, Barry; Dehoff, Kevin; Bordia, Rakesh
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Strategy + Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Booz Allen Hamilton's annual study of the world's 1,000 largest corporate R&D budgets uncovers a small group of high-leverage innovators who outperform their industries...

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Is Corporate Social Responsibility Responsible?

Author: Atkins, Betsy
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Forbes.com
Publication Year: 2006

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The concept of corporate social responsibility deserves to be challenged. It seems that political correctness has obfuscated the important business points...

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CEO Term Limits

Author: Mader, Steve
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Forbes.com
Publication Year: 2006

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I often worry about boards being too reactive when they need to be engaged in discovering possibilities. But that is the nature of committee, or group dynamics, and the current regulation environment only amplifies the reactionary tone. I think CEO succession is one of the critical subjects that can fall victim to this...

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The Pine Street Initiative at Goldman Sachs

Authors: Groysberg, Boris; Snook, Scott; Lane, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Goldman Sachs' Pine Street Initiative was designed to institutionalize leadership development and to maintain organizational culture in the face of ongoing change. This case illustrates both the challenge of and solutions for developing senior leaders in the highly charged and demanding culture of a successful investment bank; to uncover and address the fundamental questions underlying any attempt to accelerate the growth of leaders; to discover lessons from Pine Street's five- year evolution; and recommend solutions to maintain Pine Street's viability moving forward.

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ESOPs and Earnings Management: An Empirical Note

Author: Jiraporn, Pornsit
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies & Thammasat University
Publication Year: 2006

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This study seeks to ascertain the impact of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) on earnings management.

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Google, Inc.

Authors: Eisenmann, Thomas R.; Herman, Kerry
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Describes Google's history, business model, governance structure, corporate culture, and processes for managing innovation. Reviews Google's recent strategic initiatives and the threats they pose to Yahoo, Microsoft, and eBay. Asks what Google should do next...

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Kendall Square Research Corp.

Author: McFarlan, F. Warren
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Kendall Square Research was a small competitor in the supercomputer industry. Analysts forecast higher earnings for 1993, then the company's revenue recognition practices were questioned and the answers were devastating. This case discuses revenue recognition practices of new entrants to the computer industry and appropriate standards for auditors of the reports of such companies.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Globalisation: An Action Plan for Business

Author: Cramer, Jacqueline
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Greenleaf Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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This book offers concrete guidelines, step-by-step plans and practical examples on how to manage CSR in global business operations. Based on the experiences of 20 diverse, large, medium and small companies the book constitutes a guidebook and action plan to enable companies of all sizes to manage risk and seek out opportunities for engagement in their overseas operations...

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Minnesota Public Radio

Social Purpose Capitalism

Authors: Phills, James A.; Chang, Victoria
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2006

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Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) started as a small public station that 26-year-old William Kling established at St. John's Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1967. Kling created a number of for-profit ventures to support and build the MPR empire. By 2004, however, MPR and Kling were the subject of unrelenting public criticism. Introduces the concept of “social purpose capitalism” and explores how this model influences the goals and direction of a not-for-profit organization. Discusses and evaluates the implications of a social purpose capitalism model on both the non- and for-profit entities involved.

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Carrefour China: Lessons From A Global Retailer

Author: Child, Peter N.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Forbes.com
Publication Year: 2006

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Carrefour's hypermarkets in China are the Bosporus of retailing--commercial centers where East and West splash against each other...

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What Hewlett-Packard's Spying Scandal Tells Us about the Limitations of Corporate Boards

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

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What does he crisis at Hewlett-Packard over allegations that its chairwoman, Patricia Dunn, authorized illegal surveillance of HP board members in order to find out who leaked sensitive company information to the press tell us about corporate governance?

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Webcast: Integrating Stakeholder Theory into the MBA Curriculum

Authors: Cote, Joseph; Cote, Jane; Goodstein, Jerry; Latham, Claire
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education; Washington State University, Vancouver.
Publication Year: 2006

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"At its heart, our program should teach students to incorporate multiple stakeholder perspectives into business decision-making and analysis", stated Dr. Jerry Goodstein. Accomplishing this goal required building the MBA core around stakeholder theory in a way that enhanced disciplinary content. Join this Web-Conference to find out more!

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Merck Sharp & Dohme Argentina, Inc. (A, B)

Authors: Paine, Lynn S.; Hogan, Harold F., Jr.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Focuses on a critical decision: whether to offer the son of a high-ranking official in the government's national health-care program a place in the company's highly selective intern program for young professionals. The case examines the process of cultural transformation in an Argentine company and to explore the concept of “conflict of interest” through different cultural lenses.

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Texas Gulf Sulphur

The Timmins Ontario Mine

Authors: Reiling, Henry B.; Camargo, Maria M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Employees, officers, and directors of Texas Gulf Sulphur acquired or tipped off others to acquire common stock or options before and concurrent with the announcement of a major discovery of ore.

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Veridian: Putting a Value on Values

This case was analyzed in the 2006 Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition

Authors: Khurana, Rakesh; Podolny, Joel; Elias, Jaan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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While some CEOs would have welcomed the opportunity to sell their companies for a substantial premium over its current stock price, David Langstaff had not built Veridian – a medium-sized defense contractor -- to be a high flier in the stock market. Langstaff believed that he was building a "national asset" - a company dedicated to giving the nation's top technologists the opportunity to devise the best solutions to the nation's most pressing problems...

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A Closer Look at Business Education: Accounting

Author: Goldbach, Justin F.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2006

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Accounting fraud became a mainstream public concern in the wake of the numerous scandals in recent years. Consequently, many business programs around the country reconsidered the manner in which social, environmental, and ethical issues were integrated into accounting curricula...

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Revenue Recognition Problems in the Communications Equipment Industry

Authors: Costa, Arjuna; Healy, Paul M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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In late 2000, Lucent Technologies reports multiple revisions to its recent financial results due to revenue recognition problems, leading to a dramatic decline in its stock price. From the perspective of a securities analyst covering the industry, are the troubles at Lucent indicative of larger revenue recognition issues throughout the industry?

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George McClelland at KSR (A, B, C)

Authors: Margolis, Joshua D.; Kanji, Ayesha; Wong, Wan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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George McClelland accepts a position as the chief administrative officer/chief operating officer at Kendall Square Research, but after discovering problems with documentation and revenue reporting, McClelland has to decide what course of action to take.

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Unions and Employee Ownership: A Road to Economic Democracy?

Author: Yates, Jacquelyn
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 709-733
Publication Year: 2006

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In the relationship between unions and employee share ownership, neither threatened the other, and their combination led to benefits for employees, particularly where unionized employees were majority owners.

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Webcast: Sarbanes-Oxley Act: What Has it Wrought?

Online Web-Conference, September 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 Corporate Governance and Accountability web-conference, featuring Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Keating discussing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you can still access the powerpoint and audio presentations here...

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PolyMedica Corp. (A, B, C)

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

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The Securities and Exchange Commission and investors question PolyMedica Corp.'s practice of capitalizing rather than expensing of direct-response advertising.

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Insights From Preferability Letters

Author: Wallace, Wanda A.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons, Indiana University Press
Publication Year: 2006

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Broad policy questions involve whether voluntary accounting changes made under “preferability letters” ought to be permitted and what independence considerations arise as managers, directors, auditors, and regulators discuss and sometimes disagree on the preferred accounting principles.

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How Should a Company Respond to a Product Harm Crisis?

The Role of Corporate Reputation and Consumer-Based Cues

Authors: Laufer, Daniel; Coombs, W. Timothy
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons, Indiana University Press
Publication Year: 2006

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Contaminated Coca-Cola cans in Belgium, poisoned Tylenol capsules in the United Sates, defective Firestone tires in the United Sates, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia, and most recently, patients becoming ill after using Vioxx; these are but a few examples of product harm crises. Companies should not underestimate the importance of properly handling these crises, and this case discusses how to best cope with and manage product harm crises in organizations.

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Board of Directors at Medtronic, Inc.

Authors: Spaulding, Norman; Pick, Katharina; Chernak, Alexis; Lorsch, Jay W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Medtronic directors must evaluate how the board has changed, how it will continue to change, and how it should work to perpetuate the company's culture in the future. Discusses CEO succession, board turnover, board culture, and the roles of active directors.

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Sarbanes-Oxley Act: What Has it Wrought?

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 Sarbanes-Oxley Act is the most significant piece of corporate securities legislation since the Securities Act of 1933 and The Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. The Act's requirements are significant and have brought about substantial change in the work and role of auditors and the operations and financial disclosures of publicly traded corporations. However, this change has not been costless. This Teaching Module complements "Sarbanes Oxley Act: How Did We Get Here?"...

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Note on Accountability in the U.S. Health Care System

Author: Herzlinger, Regina E.
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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This note illustrates the concept of health care accountability through a series of case studies from the perspective of six key stakeholders: consumers, providers, employers, employer coalitions, health plans, and the government.

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Coca-Cola Learns a Tough Lesson About Corporate Sustainability

Author: Hoffman, Andrew J.
Product Type: Web Sites; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: grist.org
Publication Year: 2006

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In January 2006, the University of Michigan suspended the purchase of Coca-Cola products on its campus. Corporate decision-makers should pay heed: this event is notable on several dimensions.

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WSU Vancouver MBA Program: Stakeholder-Focused Leadership for Sustained Business Success

(WSU, Vancouver)

Author: WSU Vancouver Faculty
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Washington State University, Vancouver
Publication Year: 2006

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WSU Vancouver's Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program is built around a stakeholder focus and its implications for competitive advantage and long term organizational performance (enlightened shareholder management)...

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Management 587: Business Ethics and Public Stakeholders

(WSU, Vancouver. Fall, 2006)

Author: Goodstein, Jerry
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Washington State University, Vancouver
Publication Year: 2006

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This course examines the management of stakeholder relationships, evaluates the effects of publics on organizational strategy, and applies a formal process to identify and address ethical conflicts between firms and stakeholders, paying particular attention to private sector-public sector interactions.

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Improving Strategic Planning: A McKinsey Survey

Author:
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2006

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Executives say their companies could be a lot more effective at developing a strategy and implementing strategic plans, and they suggest some areas for improvement...

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FedEx Delivers on the Deal

In acquiring Kinko's, FedEx is testing its own mastery of the art of integrating new companies.

Author: Copeland, Michael
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Strategy + Business
Publication Year: 2006

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FedEx had just acquired Kinko's with the stated purpose of fueling its retail outlet expansion and driving growth of its transportation services. The combination “leverages the historical strengths of both companies, while powerfully redefining the future of the business services marketplace,” Mr. Smith explained to the group...

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The Sociocratic Method

Author: Robertson, Brian
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Strategy + Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Business is the first truly global social organization. It crosses geopolitical and ethnic boundaries and has the potential to be a uniting force in the world, inspiring deep levels of cooperation among enterprises of all types. Yet our current corporate governance models dictate against this: They push companies toward unhealthy autonomy...

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Acctg 533: Administrative Control / Managerial Accounting

(WSU, Vancouver. Fall, 2006)

Author: Cote, Jane
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Washington State University, Vancouver
Publication Year: 2006

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This course will integrate fundamental cost accounting topics with strategic analysis to demonstrate how accounting information is used within an organization to make business decisions, design control systems, and evaluate the impact on various stakeholder groups...

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MIS 580: Information Systems Management

(WSU, Vancouver. Fall, 2006)

Author: Rose, Greg
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Washington State University, Vancouver.
Publication Year: 2006

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This course gives students a managerial view of information technology and its role in modern organizations to allow them to evaluate, adopt, and manage existing and new computer-based information systems.

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MgtOp 589: Strategic Alliances & Value Chain Partnerships

(WSU, Vancouver. Fall, 2006)

Author: McBreen, Michael
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Washington State University, Vancouver.
Publication Year: 2006

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This course prepares students to determine how to manage relationships with value-chain partners such as alliance partners, vendors, and distributors; evaluate the effect of partner relationships on other stakeholders; and evaluate how cultural differences affect partner relationship management.

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Turning Around Organizations in a Crisis: The Case of Two Major Alberta Orchestras

Authors: Bansal, Pratima; Ewart, Tom
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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In 2002, both the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic faced financial crises that threatened their existence. Both organizations provided similar programming, had approximately the same revenues and were well rooted in their communities, which were of similar populations. However, the turnaround approaches taken by the boards of the two organizations were starkly different.

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When Investing and Social Objectives Meet

Authors: Miller, Gregory S.; Sjoman, Anders
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Introduces students to a group of investors and stakeholders who evaluate firms at least partially on factors other than eventual investment payoff. Focuses on investors who evaluate and attempt to impact firms' ethical, corporate governance, or other "societal" practices...

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Asian Car Part Holding

Sold Without the Knowledge of the Board?

Authors: Amann, Wolfgang; Steger, Ulrich
Product Type: Cases
Source: IMD
Publication Year: 2006

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Should an investor representative to the board challenge the sale of the company, which was affected without knowledge of the board, based on broader principles than profitability?

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Investment Banking at Thomas Weisel Partners

Author: Baker, Malcolm P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Thomas Weisel Partners (TWP), a San Francisco-based bank focusing on emerging growth companies, is considering its strategy in the context of regulatory, competitive, and legal changes...

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Compensation to Executives on Both Sides of the Atlantic

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

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“No topic in the history of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has generated so much interest” as the new norms approved by that regulatory agency regarding managerial salaries, asserts Christopher Cox, president of the SEC.

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The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: Understanding What Causes Moral Meltdowns in Organizations

Author: Jennings, Marianne M.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Year: 2006

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Marianne Jennings has spent a lifetime studying business ethics--and ethical failures. Here she takes her decades of findings and shows us the reasons that companies and nonprofits undergo ethical collapse...

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Point of View

Expensing Employee Stock Options Is Improper Accounting

Author: Hagopian, Kip
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2006

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In 2004, new standards of accounting for employee stock options (ESO) were adopted. The new standard requires that ESOs be valued at the date of grant and expensed over the vesting period of the options. The signatories to this position paper strongly oppose this revision because they believe that the expensing of ESOs is improper accounting that will result in the serious impairment of the financial statements of companies that are users of broad-based option plans.

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Breaking the Short-term Cycle

Authors: Krehmeyer, Dean; Orsagh, Matthew; Schacht, Kurt N.
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Publication Year: 2006

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This report encourages all market participants to refocus on long-term value and provides recommendations concerning earnings guidance, incentives and compensation, leadership, communications and transparency, and education.

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