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Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders

Author: Henisz, Witold J.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Greenleaf Publishing
Publication Year: 2014

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Most of the firms profiled in the book are now at the frontier of corporate diplomacy. But they didn’t start there. Many of them were motivated by past failings. They fell into conflicts with critical stakeholders – politicians, communities, NGO staffers, or activists – and they suffered. They experienced delays or disruptions to their operations, higher costs, angry customers, or thwarted attempts at expansion. Eventually, the managers of these companies developed smarter strategies for stakeholder engagement. They became corporate diplomats. The book draws on their experiences to take the reader to the forefront of stakeholder engagement and to highlight the six elements of Corporate Diplomacy.

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Tapestry Networks

Authors: Ramanna, Karthik; Shaffer, Matthew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Tapestry Networks assembled industry leaders and their regulators in small, private meetings to build new frameworks for pressing regulatory challenges. Tapestry's motivating principle was to reimagine solutions to complex problems (e.g., drug-approval standards) in ways that created a win-win for firms and society. Tapestry meetings on bank-governance standards-initiated after the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis-had experienced some success in rebuilding trust between regulators and banks. But, five years on, the initiative faced important challenges...

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Managing Environmental Systems: Supporting Sustainable Urbanization

Authors: Gill, Tom; Davis, Marion; Erickson, Peter; Purkey, David; Mehta, Vishal
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Publication Year: 2014

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Given the pace of urbanization, the development paths that cities take and how they use resources are critical issues for sustainability. SEI examines resource use in cities not only under under current conditions but also under different scenarios shaped by demographic and socio-economic trends, climate change, and key policy choices.

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.: Taking on Seasonal Starvation in Latin America

Authors: Marquis, Christopher; Yang, Zoe
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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A company with a strong commitment toward corporate social responsibility since its founding days, Green Mountain faced an ethical decision point in 2007 as new information from the field uncovered a chronic dire problem facing coffee communities-seasonal starvation...

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Thought Leader Interview: Dominic Barton

Authors: Barton, Dominic; Christensen, Karen
Product Type: Interviews; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Rotman School of Management
Publication Year: 2014

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In a wide-ranging interview, the Managing Director for McKinsey and Company Worldwide, Dominic Barton, discusses his firm's work on the global problem of water scarcity, what type of talent his firm seeks out and why workplace flexibility is so important today.

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Business in a Climate-Constrained World: Catalyzing a Climate-Resilient Future through the Power of the Private Sector

Authors: Cameron, Edward; Erickson, Cammie; Schuchard, Ryan
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: BSR
Publication Year: 2014

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We do not set out to present a comprehensive, exhaustive, or definitive inventory of measures for business to follow. Instead, we propose a framework for collaborative action that helps companies identify a menu of small steps that cumulatively add up to significant ambition to address climate change. We also offer an open invitation to collaborate on bold collective action. Identifying the right combination of interventions or wedges will require partnership, creativity, dialogue, and piloting approaches over the coming months and years.

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The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil

Author: Bader, Christine
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Bibliomotion
Publication Year: 2014

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There is an invisible army of people deep inside the world’s biggest and best-known companies, pushing for safer and more responsible practices. They are trying to prevent the next Rana Plaza factory collapse, the next Deepwater Horizon explosion, the next Foxconn labor abuses...

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The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

Author: Braun, Adam
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Scribner
Publication Year: 2014

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Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling he met a young boy begging on the streets of India, who after being asked what he wanted most in the world, simply answered, “A pencil.” This small request led to a staggering series of events that took Braun backpacking through dozens of countries before eventually leaving one of the world’s most prestigious jobs to found Pencils of Promise, the organization he started with just $25 that has since built more than 200 schools around the world.

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Tax Havens

Authors: Werker, Eric; Berardi, Sebastian; Elia, Stelios; Muakkassa, Omar; Zumberge, James
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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This note describes the use of tax havens, the implications for the financial sector in tax havens, as well as the debate around the effect of tax havens on welfare in other jurisdictions…

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Piketty, Thomas
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Publication Year: 2014

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What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories...

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