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Accounting Fraud at WorldCom

Authors: Kaplan, Robert S.; Kiron, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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The case provides sufficient detail to allow for a full discussion of the pressures that lead executives and managers to "cook the books," the boundary between earnings smoothing or management and fraudulent reporting, the role for internal control systems and internal audit to prevent or rapidly detect accounting fraud, the expectations about governance processes performed by external auditors and the board of directors, and the pressure and consequences when middle managers follow orders that they know are wrong...

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Access Teaching Module

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

Faculty Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 14410 views

Access, to new markets and materials, to new sources of labor and information, to new communities and new ideas, is crucial to business, and can also serve as a way to spread the benefits of economic development to people and their communities. How does access bring value to business and society and can it also be used to reduce the downside of globalization?

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The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits

Author: Friedman, Milton
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers; Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Speeches
Source: The New York Times Magazine, September 13, 1970.
Publication Year: 1970

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"When I hear businessmen speak eloquently about the "social responsibilities of business in a free-enterprise system," it's obvious that they believe that they are defending free enterprise

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BP and Corporate Greenwash

Author: Sider, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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BP's green re-branding efforts began officially with the unveiling of its new BP Helios mark, named after the Greek sun god. However, environmental groups heaped scorn on BP's green re-branding. Greenpeace gave the company its Greenhouse Greenwash Award, given to the largest "corporate climate culprit" on earth.

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"Hips Feel Good" - Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty

Authors: Gey, Thomas; Nugent, Nick; Wesley, David T.A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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In an attempt to increase sales volume by 80 per cent, Unilever re-launched Dove in 2004 with a new campaign. The campaign asks the question “What is real beauty?” and attempts to redefine it in ways that challenge commonly portrayed stereotypes.

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Life, Death, and Property Rights: The Pharmaceutical Industry Faces AIDS in Africa

Authors: Spar, Debora L.; Bartlett, Nicholas
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2005

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This case was analyzed for the 2003 Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition. In the final years of the 20th century, the world was hit by a plague of epidemic proportions--AIDS, a life-threatening disease that remained stubbornly immune to any cure or vaccine

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Wal-Mart: 21st Century Leadership

Author: Scott, Lee
Product Type: Speeches
Source: www.WalMart.com
Publication Year: 2005

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On October 24, 2005, Lee Scott, CEO of Wal-Mart, delivered a groundbreaking and, some would argue, long overdue speech commiting the world's largest corporation to become a significant positive force for social and environmental stewardship.

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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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The Body Shop: Social Responsibility or Sustained Greenwashing?

Authors: Meenakshisundaram, Ramalingam; Fernando, Rajiv; Purkayastha, Debapratim
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2007

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In March 2006 The Body Shop, a retailer of natural-based and ethically-sourced beauty products, announced that it had agreed to an acquisition by the beauty care giant L'Oréal in a cash deal worth £652 million (US$ 1.14 billion). The announcement brought in its wake a spate of criticism against Body Shop and its founder, Dame Anita Roddick, who was regarded as a pioneer in modern corporate social responsibility.

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Access: Business and Society

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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How does access make a difference when it comes to corporate social responsibility or to the social and environmental costs of globalization, and how are businesses affected by increased connectivity to communities, to nonprofits, or to stakeholders?

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Tata: Leadership With Trust

Author: Branzei, Oana
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2010

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The case illustrates the opportunities, challenges and trade-offs involved in the design, evolution and institutionalization of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate sustainability (CS) within the Tata Group – an India-based indigenous multinational enterprise.

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The Wal-Mart Supply Chain Controversy

Authors: Smith, N. Craig; Crawford, Robert J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: London Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Having grown into one of the world's largest companies, Wal-Mart has become the object of attack from many critics. One of the principal areas of criticism concerns the manner by which the company manages its global supply chain...

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Procter & Gamble PuR Purifier of Water™ (A, B)

Developing the Product and Taking it to Market; A Second Chance

Authors: Hanson, Margaret; Powell, Karen
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2006

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Procter & Gamble's PuR: Purifier of Water, a household water treatment sold in small sachets, was developed in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and targeted 'bottom of the pyramid' households, where water treatment facilities are often lacking...

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Charles Veillon, S.A. (A)

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

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The top management team at Charles Veillon, a Swiss mail-order company, is considering whether to work with a human rights organization to monitor the labor practices of its suppliers. A particular concern is avoiding child labor and other forms of workplace coercion...

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Procter & Gamble and Population Services International (PSI): Social Marketing for Safe Water

Authors: Hanson, Margaret; Powell, Karen
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2006

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PuR, the water purification product sold in small sachets, had suffered a string of failed market tests, but the public health benefits of the product had been demonstrated repeatedly in bottom of the pyramid (BOP) markets where finding clean drinking water can be a daily calamity...

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Social Entrepreneurs: Correcting Market Failures (A, B)

(Consideration of Human Needs and Equity Example 2: Global Poverty and Deprivation)

Authors: Phillis, James A.; Denend, Lyn
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2005

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This case examines the insights, aspirations, and impact of three leading social entrepreneurs, their organizations, and their efforts to correct a diverse array of classical market failures...

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Video: Is Wal-Mart Good for America?

Author: FRONTLINE
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: WGBH Educational Foundation
Publication Year: 2005

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In this film, Frontline explores the relationship between U.S. job losses and the American consumer's insatiable desire for bargains in "Is Wal-Mart Good for America?"

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A Closer Look at Business Education: Ethical Globalization

Author: Goldbach, Justin F.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2008

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There is no doubt that companies operating across borders face complex challenges as they strive to conduct business in ways that are ethical and meet increasingly high standards imposed by all constituencies. Finding the most responsible pathway for action requires careful judgement and attentiveness to diverse points of view.

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City Water Tanzania (A, B, C-A, C-B, D)

Water Partnerships for Dar es Salaam; Privatizing Dar es Salaam's Water Utility; The Private Sector Experiment; Striking a Deal; Things Fall Apart

Authors: Branzei, Oana; McKague, Kevin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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This multi-part case series examines the Tanzania government's efforts to address a pressing deterioration in the infrastructure and services of Dar es Salaam's Water and Sewage Authority. It is ideally suited for core or elective courses in strategy and sustainability to illustrate the types of ongoing tensions and divergent decision angles that influence the formation and performance of public-private partnerships and managing in a global context.

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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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The Great Leap: Driving Innovation From the Base of the Pyramid

Authors: Hart, Stuart L.; Christensen, Clayton M.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review. Fall 2002, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 51-56
Publication Year: 2002

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As multinationals unrelentingly seek new growth to satisfy shareholders, they increasingly hear concerns from many quarters about environmental degradation, labor exploitation, cultural hegemony and local autonomy. What is to be done? Must corporations' thirst for growth and profits serve only to exacerbate the antiglobalization movement?

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Esquel Group

Transforming Into a Vertically Integrated, Service-Oriented, Leading Manufacturer of Quality Cotton Apparel

Author: Peleg-Gillai, Barchi
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University Press
Publication Year: 2006

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Over the years Esquel, which was part of an old-fashioned industry, gradually grew to become a larger and more modern organization. While striving to run a successful business, Esquel also took steps to ensure the well-being of its employees and to have a positive impact on society, and was devoted to protecting the environment in areas where it operated.

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De Beers: Addressing the New Competitiveness Challenges

Authors: Marciano, Sonia; Porter, Michael E.; Warhurst, Alyson
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Traces the development of De Beers and the diamond industry and enables deep examination of the interdependence of companies and the locations and communities in which they operate. This case examines how firms create prosperity, how firms are responsible for social problems, and what they should do in the locations in which they operate.

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Access: Outsourcing

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

Faculty Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 3993 views

How businesses can access the benefits of a global marketplace without falling prey to the accompanying risks is a critical question.

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World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)

Authors: Casadesus-Masanell, Ramon; Mitchell, Jordan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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The World Wildlife Fund works with governments, businesses, other NGOs, and communities to set up conservation programs to preserve natural habitat. In contrast, Greenpeace campaigns for environmental change against governments and corporations and accepts funding only through individuals and foundation grants.

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Environmental Justice: Income, Race, and Health

(Consideration of Human Needs and Equity Example 3: Poverty and Deprivation in the United States)

Author: Massey, Rachel
Product Type: Teaching Modules; Web Sites
Source: Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University
Publication Year: 2009

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This teaching module presents data and case studies illustrating how minority and low-income communities often bear a disproportionate share of environmental costs...

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Pick ‘n Pay – Rekindling Company Values

Author: Stockport, Gary J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Cape Town
Publication Year: 1999

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This case study discusses a rekindling of a company's values within a retailing company that has grown from 4 stores and 50 employees in 1967 to some 265 stores and around 28,000 staff in 1998...

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A Road Map for Natural Capitalism

(Externalities Example 1: Resources and Pollution)

Authors: Lovins, Amory B.; Lovins, L. Hunter; Hawken, Paul
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 1999

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No one would run a business without accounting for its capital outlays. Yet most companies overlook one major capital component--the value of the earth's ecosystem services...

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McDonald's Corp.

Authors: Upton, David; Margolis, Joshua
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1996

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McDonald's has over many years built an operating strategy based on consistency and quality through a limited product range. Competitive forces have drawn the company into a much wider variety of foods and services in order to maintain growth...

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Restoring Trust at WorldCom

Authors: Lorsch, Jay W.; Robertson, Ashley C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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Examines the changes in corporate governance at WorldCom/MCI as proposed by the company's court-appointed corporate monitor, Richard Breeden...

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change – Synthesis Section

Author: Hoffman, Andrew J.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Pew Center on Global Climate Change (www.pewclimate.org)
Publication Year: 2006

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Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change serves as a "how to" guide for corporate decision makers as they navigate rapidly-changing global markets...

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Corruption in International Business (A, B)

(Public Goods Example 2: A Good Legal System)

Authors: Di Tella, Rafael; Kennedy, Robert E.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2001

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This case explores various aspects of corruption in international business...

 

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Earnings Management

When Does Juggling the Numbers Become Fraud?

Authors: Makar, Stephen D.; Pearson, Michael; Alam, Pervaiz
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Publication Year: 2000

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Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) allow an accountant to select from various methods when computing earnings and other financial measures, which could lead to lower quality financial information depending on the accounting methods used...

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Access: New Markets, New Methods

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

[This document has not yet been rated] 3240 views

As businesses reach new markets they not only find more resources and consumers, but also new ways of doing business.

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Toyota Motor Corp.

Launching Prius

Authors: Reinhardt, Forest; Yao, Dennis A.; Egawa, Masako
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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In 1995, Hiroshi Okuda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., considers whether to push for a more aggressive launch of the Toyota Prius--an automobile that incorporates Toyota's new and technically advanced hybrid power train.

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World Vision International's AIDS Initiative

Challenging a Global Partnership

Authors: Bartlett, Christopher A.; Curran, Daniel F.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2005

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World Vision's International office is planning to implement a major global HIV/AIDS initiative that challenges the strategic direction, organizational capabilities, and even underlying values of its carefully constructed world partnership. Analyzes the challenges of building and managing a global network organization and explore the task of implementing strategic change in a complex, global environment.

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Anglo American (A, B)

(Consideration of Human Needs and Equity Example 1: AIDS in Africa)

Authors: Podolny, Joel; Bahl, Kanika; Newsome, John
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2004

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In 2001, Dr. Brian Brink, senior vice president of Anglo American, a massive South African mining conglomerate, was debating how to confront the ravages that extremely high HIV/AIDS rates were taking on Anglo's workforce and overall productivity...

 

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Alibris in 2004

(Transaction Costs Example 2: Public Research and the Internet)

Author: McAfee, Andrew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2004

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Alibris, an online marketplace for rare, used, and out-of-print books, is trying to communicate to the professional book dealers who are its main suppliers that they are in the middle of a crisis.

 

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Leadership Development 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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No one sitting on the Goldman Sachs management committee had relied on a formal leadership program to reach the top. How do you convince hard-nosed bankers to leave their desks and invest precious time focusing on what many perceived as “soft” issues?

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Access: Microfinance

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

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In contrast to the downside of globalization, access to capital and other resources is one way in which increased connectivity helps the poor.

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Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.--2002

Author: Yoshino, Michael Y.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Carlos Ghosn, a former executive vice president of Renault, became the COO of Nissan Motor Co., a troubled auto company in Japan when Renault bought 38% of the company in 1999. This case deals with how Ghosn turned the company around...

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IBM's Decade of Transformation: Uniting Vision and Values

Authors: Applegate, Lynda M.; Heckscher, Charles; Michael, Boniface; Collins, Elizabeth
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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As he prepared for the December 2006 meeting with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt, Pierre Comte faced some difficult decisions. Only eight months into his job as chief marketing officer of GE’s Transportation business, Comte would be presenting Transportation’s recommendations on some of the most visible growth initiatives in its locomotive business...

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Should Business Influence the Science and Politics of Global Environmental Change? The Oil Industry and Climate Change (A, B)

Authors: Le Menestrel, Marc; de Bettignies, Henri-Claude; van den Hove, Sybille
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2001

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This case presents three strategic options considered by a fictitious international oil and gas corporation to address the issue of climate change: 'fight against action', 'wait and see', and 'dynamic proactive'.

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Fabindia Overseas Pvt. Ltd.

Authors: Khaire, Mukti; Kothandaraman, Prabakar PK
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Fabindia is a for-profit Indian retail company with the stated mission of providing employment to weavers and traditional handicraft artisans in rural India. Demonstrates a unique business model, discusses the opportunities and constraints that a strong vision entails, and the growth challenges of novel business models.

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Napo Pharmaceuticals

Authors: Chess, Robert; Spitzer, Joshua
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University Press
Publication Year: 2006

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Chronicles entrepreneur Lisa Conte's ventures, formed to make drug discovery and development more efficient by studying traditional, indigenous healers in the tropics. At the time of the case study, Napo was developing the compound for sale in large western markets while arranging an innovative public-private partnership to develop and distribute crofelemer in the developing world.

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Global Climate Change and BP

Authors: Reinhardt, Forest; Hyman, Mikell
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Following the sudden resignation of Sir John Browne, Tony Hayward, BP CEO, must decide how global climate change management will figure into BP's corporate strategy.

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The Power of Activism: Assessing the Impact of NGOs on Global Business

Authors: Spar, Debora L.; LaMure, Lane T.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2003

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Recent decades have witnessed the proliferation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the emergence of activism across a wide variety of issue areas. On topics ranging from human rights to labor conditions, NGOs and activists represent an increasingly important constituency in a firm's nonmarket environment...

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Video: Thomas L. Friedman

Author: Friedman, Thomas L.
Product Type: Speeches; Multimedia
Source: MITWorld
Publication Year: 2005

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Chances are good that Bhavya in Bangalore will read your next x-ray, or as Thomas Friedman learned first hand, “Grandma Betty in her bathrobe” will make your Jet Blue plane reservation from her Salt Lake City home. In “Globalization 3.0,” Friedman contends, people from far-flung places will become principal players in the marketplace.

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Broken Trust: Role of Professionals in the Enron Debacle

Author: Nanda, Ashish
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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Discusses the role of professionals in the Enron debacle. Argues that professionals failed to prevent or predict Enron's collapse because of the conflicts of interest they faced...

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Amanco

Developing the Sustainability Scorecard

Authors: Kaplan, Robert S.; Reisen de Pinho, Ricardo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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The owners and senior executive team of Amanco, a producer of plastic pipe and complete water treatment systems, want strong financial returns but are also deeply committed to improving the environment and making a difference in people's lives. Illustrates the development of a management system using strategy maps and Balanced Scorecards to help a company implement its triple-bottom-line objectives of excellence in economic, environmental, and social performance.

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