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Building Sandcastles: The Subprime Adventure

Author: Retsinas, Nicolas P.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge
Publication Year: 2007

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The subprime empire began with a tangible structure: a house. For the buyer, that house was a home. It represented upward mobility, a hedge against inflation, a stake in the community. As home prices rose, millions of renters, particularly those with less-than-stellar credit, yearned to seize the American dream. But traditional banks shunned "credit-impaired" borrowers. These borrowers were ripe for a deal that was too good to be true...

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Haier Hefei Electronics Co. (A, B, C)

Author: Paine, Lynn S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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When Haier takes over the Yellow Mountain television factory in the distant Hefei province at the behest of Hefei's government, workers strike against the Haier culture and what it stands for.

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Tetra Pak Argentina

Authors: Khanna, Tarun; Palepu, Krishna G.; Herrero, Gustavo A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Deals with the hands-on management of a difficult situation facing the subsidiary of a multinational corporation (Tetra Pak) in a developing country (Argentina). Shows how the foreign firm must cope with difficult domestic situations, where the levers of control are beyond its reach.

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Countrywide Feels the Heat

Embattled CEO Angelo Mozilo answers critics who claim the lender helped bring on the housing crisis

Author: Bartiromo, Maria
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Interviews
Source: BusinessWeek
Publication Year: 2007

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Angelo Mozilo, CEO of Countrywide Financial (CFC), is taking serious flak for the mammoth mortgage company's role in the housing meltdown. I caught up with Mozilo twice in the space of a week—first for an exclusive interview on CNBC following Bank of America's (BAC) $2 billion infusion into Countrywide, and then on the heels of a New York Times story taxing Mozilo and Countrywide with allegedly engaging in questionable lending practices...

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Mattel: Getting a Toy Recall Right

Author: Quelch, John A.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Working Knowledge
Publication Year: 2007

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Mattel has been criticized heavily for having to recall not once but twice in as many weeks 20 million toys manufactured in China with lead paint and/or loose, potentially dangerous magnets. Clearly Mattel did not have sufficiently tight quality control procedures in its supply chain to compensate for the extra risks of outsourcing to relatively new Chinese subcontractors.

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Trouble in Toyland: New Challenges for Mattel -- and 'Made in China'

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge @ Wharton
Publication Year: 2007

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Asked whether one of the most famous dolls on earth is going to be hurt by Mattel's recalls of more than 10 million toys in the U.S. over the past three weeks, Wharton marketing professor Stephen Hoch offers this reassuring response: "Barbie is bulletproof."

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Eyes on China: The Costs of Progress

Authors: Siegel, Jeremy; Meyer, Marshall
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge @ Wharton
Publication Year: 2007

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On August 1, Mattel recalled approximately 1.5 million toys made by a manufacturer in China because of dangerous levels of lead in their paint. The recall marks a continuation of the quality control problems that importers of Chinese-made exports have been experiencing over the past two months in products ranging from pet food to fish to tires...

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As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes

Authors: Yardley, Jim; Kahn, Joseph
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2007

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No country in history has emerged as a major industrial power without creating a legacy of environmental damage that can take decades and big dollops of public wealth to undo.

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Toymaking in China, Mattel's Way

Authors: Barboza, David; Story, Louise
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2007

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Inside Mattel's sprawling test lab here, scores of technicians are doing their worst: setting Chicken Dance Elmo dolls on fire, wrecking Hot Wheels cars and yanking at the limbs of Dora the Explorer. The lab workers are paid to break toys, pick apart their innards, and analyze the raw materials that go into them...

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USG Corp. (A, B, C)

Authors: Bagley, Constance E.; Sherman, Eliot
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case discusses CEO Bill Foote's decision of how to deal with his company's exposure to asbestos liability while keeping the business viable.

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There's no place like own

Author: Coleman, Alison
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Director Magazine
Publication Year: 2007

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A growing band of companies are giving power to the people by transferring ownership of the business to their management and staff.

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Web-Conference: Giving Voice to Values: A New Curriculum Collection

from May 24th, 2007

Authors: Gentile, Mary C.; Scully, Maureen; Drumwright, Minette E.
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2007

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If you missed the Web-Conference, come listen to Dr. Mary Gentile, the Giving Voice to Values Curriculum Author, and Professors Minette E. Drumwright and Maureen Scully, during their Web-Conference in which they discussed the Giving Voice to Values Curriculum and the best practices for teaching it in the MBA classroom.

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African Choices

Author: Nnanna, Godwin
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: China Dialogue
Publication Year: 2007

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Many Western companies have irreversibly damaged their reputations in Africa through a tragic disregard for local communities. Chinese corporations can avoid making the same mistakes, says Godwin Nnanna...

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Leading Change at Simmons (A, B, C, D, E)

Authors: Casciaro, Tiziana; Edmondson, Amy C.; McManus, Stacy; Roloff, Kate
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Asks participants to consider the decision of investing in an expensive training program following the loss of the three largest customers--retailers that together had contributed a third of Simmons' revenues.

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Getting the Right Help to Help to the Right People in the Wake of a Natural Disaster: What the Private Sector Can Do

Author: McKinsey & Company
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Clinton Global Initiative
Publication Year: 2007

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The worst of nature often brings out the best in people. When natural disasters strike, individuals, community groups, humanitarian organizations and, increasingly, private sector companies rise to the occasion – often in huge numbers, with stunning generosity, and across the political and social lines that often otherwise divide us. Despite truly good intentions, this outpouring of support doesn’t always hit its mark. Despite truly good intentions, this outpouring of support doesn’t always hit its mark.

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De Beers at the Millennium

Authors: Ghemawat, Pankaj; Marciano, Sonia
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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Consumers' increasing awareness that diamond production in some countries was linked to inequities and human rights violations had an impact on De Beers' reputation. In 2000, De Beers' sustainability depends on the ability of its leaders to shift the paradigm of both the firm and its context.

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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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Epcor Utilities Inc (A, B)

A Critical Community Consultation

Authors: Bansal, Pratima; Ewart, Tom
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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In January 2003, EPCOR Utilities was facing great pressure from a radical grass-roots group that wanted the company out of its community of Rossdale.

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The Role of Multinational Enterprises in Responding to Violent Conflict: A Conceptual Model and Framework for Research

Authors: Oetzel, Jennifer; Getz, Kathleen A.; Ladek, Stephen
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: American Business Law Journal, Volume 44, Issue 2, 331–358, Summer 2007
Publication Year: 2007

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The objective of this article is to develop an understanding of why and how businesses can respond to situations of violent conflict.

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The Simpletel Dilemma

Authors: Venkataraman, S.; Nair, P.; Narayanan, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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Several years back, SimpleTel's found itself in a situation where customers were migrating to smaller, local telecom providers to avoid the congestion on SimpleTel's network. That, along with debt obligations related to the massive investments in capacity, and lack of demand was threatening to push SimpleTel to the verge of bankruptcy.

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Video: Advanced Results Marketing (A)

Authors: Marram, E.; Youngman, C.; Luecke, R.
Product Type: Cases; Multimedia
Source: Arthur M Blank Center for Entrepreneurship
Publication Year: 2007

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This video is to accompany the case '154-C07A-P'. The abstract of the case is as follows: Victor Grillo, was deeply distressed by what was happening in Advanced Results Marketing, the company he had founded.

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The Consumer Culture of Poverty

Behavioral Research Findings and Their Implications in an Ethnographic Context

Authors: Hill, Ronald Paul; Gaines, Jeannie
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Publication Year: 2007

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The purpose of this article is to bring a subset of this scholarship together in order to examine the concept and reality of the consumer culture of poverty as derived from ethnographic and qualitative investigations of various subpopulations of poor American consumers.

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Roche and Tamiflu: Doing Business in the Shadow of Pandemic

Authors: Peters, Lars; Gottschalk, Jochen; Feddersen, Timothy
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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What steps, if any, should Roche take with respect to patent protection and production licensing in the shadow of a potential pandemic?

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Leading Change: An Interview with the Managing Director of Tata Motors

Author: Kumra, Gautam
Product Type: Journal Articles; Interviews
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2007

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The transformation of Tata Motors into a highly successful, well-diversified, and globally ambitious automobile giant represents one of India's most remarkable corporate-success stories in recent times.

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Sony's Battery Recall Fiasco

Authors: Fernando, R; Sengupta, R
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2007

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This case is about the worldwide recall of lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony Energy Devices Corporation, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

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Mariners Accident and Indemnity Insurance Company: Balancing Strategy and Business Ethics

Authors: Fransson, M; Thorne McAlister, D
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 2007

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Bob Smith, Senior Vice President of Mariners Accident and Indemnity Insurance Company, recently learned that the company is in dire financial straits due to a severe cash flow shortfall forecast.

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Shell's Environmental Responsibility in Vila Carioca, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Author: Puppim de Oliveira, José Antônio
Product Type: Cases
Source: Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide, Mendoza Business School, Notre Dame University
Publication Year: 2007

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Shell defines its aim as "to meet the energy needs of society, in ways that are economically, socially and environmentally viable, now and in the future." Shell was one of the pioneers in the movement for Corporate Social Responsibility. The company says it is committed to sustainable development and human rights: "Our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people define how we work. These values have been embodied for more than 25 years in our Business Principles, which since 1997 have included a commitment to support human rights and to contribute to sustainable development." The case of Vila Carioca (São Paulo City) illustrates the difficulties companies face when past actions are judged by current institutional and regulatory environments.

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Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 (A, B, C)

Authors: Diermeier, Daniel; Heinze, Justin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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After the company's first aviation fatality, Southwest Airlines's CEO is faced with new and difficult decisions.

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Trend Micro (A, B): Responding to a Service Failure

Author: Tybout, Alice M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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Students learn to consider a range of crisis management options, including apologizing, sharing information, and compensating harmed customers and illustrate the role of corporate culture in determining a company's response to a crisis.

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Seventh Generation: Balancing Customer Expectations with Supply Chain Realities

Authors: Russo, Michael V.; Goldstein, Dan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Lundquist College of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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Faced with the prospect of being without a product when a contract manufacturer could no longer make its natural baby wipes, Seventh Generation substituted conventional wipes. But some of the ingredients in these conventional baby wipes proved unacceptable to its customers.

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Corporate Responsibility in the Midst of Financial Distress

Authors: Lakatos, J; Bukowy, S
Product Type: Cases
Source: Babson College
Publication Year: 2007

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This case study covers key concepts in finance, business ethics and corporate responsibility, including the duties of directors and officers, the rights of shareholders, debt restructuring, reorganisations and bankruptcy.

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The Role of Business In Combating HIV/AIDS

Author: Beever, Charles
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers; Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: CasePlace.org
Publication Year: 2006

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The global HIV/AIDS epidemic is unquestionably a human tragedy, with few parallels in the sheer scope of physical and emotional pain that it inflicts on the 40 million people living with HIV and their caretakers. But it is also one of the most significant economic and business issues of our time...

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A Closer Look at Business Education: HIV/AIDS

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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While two-thirds of those afflicted with AIDS reside in sub-Saharan Africa, infections continue to rise in each region of the globe. It's not surprising, then, that firms are eyeing fast-emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia, India and China and noting the potential negative impact of this disease on their bottom line...

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GVM Exploration Limited

Authors: Rouse, Michael J.; Jiang, Guo-Liang Frank
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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GVM Exploration Limited's (GVM) $2 million environmental assessment project at Grizzly Valley was disrupted by a road blockade set up by a small group of local First Nation people. How GVM handled this situation would not only affect the progress of the Grizzly Valley project but also other ongoing projects.

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Audio: HIV / AIDS in Business School Education: A Dialogue with Thought Leaders

Author: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2006

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The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program recently organized and facilitated a dialogue on HIV/AIDS as it is being addressed in business school education...

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HIV / AIDS and Strategy

Author: Gentile, Mary C.
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2006

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When the challenges of HIV/AIDS in developing countries are integrated into Management Education, they are often addressed in Business & Society courses or Business Ethics courses. However, this teaching module provides a set or readings for students as well as some background readings for faculty that illustrate the importance and relevance of raising this topic in core Strategy courses...

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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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Containment Strategy

Iran. North Korea. Uganda? Why the Pentagon ranks Africa's AIDS crisis as a leading security threat

Author: Faris, Stephan
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
Publication Year: 2006

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What was once seen as a humanitarian catastrophe is viewed increasingly as a security threat...

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Crisis in the Oil and Gas Industry

A skilled labor shortage threatens to stall the boom in investment and exploration

Authors: Parry, Peter; Davidson, Varya; Clark, Andrew
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Strategy + Business
Publication Year: 2006

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In the midst of one of the greatest periods of expansion in its history, the global oil and gas industry is facing a labor crisis, brought on by years of layoffs, that could jeopardize its future...

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A Closer Look at Business Education: Climate Change

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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Within the past decade climate change has moved from the environmental to the financial realm, as far as business is concerned. Firms must juggle many climate change-related issues, including the prospect of future regulation, insurance liabilities, investor pressure, and consumer relations...

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eDonkey--Deciding the Future of File Sharing

Author: Oberholzer-Gee, Felix
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Sam Yagan, CEO of the upstart MetaMachine, Inc., received a letter from the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) asking him to shut down eDonkey, MetaMachine's popular file-sharing system. Designed to promote a discussion of the implications of file sharing and related legal developments on the music industry.

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Capital Markets or ALMS? An Emerging Paradigm Shift in Disaster Funding

Authors: Samii, Ramina; Van Wassenhove, Luk
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2006

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The case discusses the contribution of the financial sector to a more equitable, timely and efficient response to humanitarian disasters. It can also be used in finance courses as it provides a good example of risk aggregation and layering, as well as new product development in the insurance industry.

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C. R. Smith and the Birth of American Airlines

Authors: Mayo, Anthony J.; Singleton, Laura G.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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C.R. Smith deployed a three-pronged strategy--technology standardization, safety, and customer service--to build American Airlines...

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Infosys (A, B)

Strategic Human Resource Management

Authors: DeLong, Thomas J.; Tandon, Jaya; Rengaswamy, Ganesh
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Infosys challenges itself to balance superb human resources with top-notch financial performance within the context of a growing company.

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Recall 2000: Bridgestone Corp. (A, B)

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

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In September 2000, the president of Bridgestone-Firestone, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Bridgestone Corp., was invited to appear before a U.S. congressional subcommittee investigating the August 2000 recall of more than 6.5 million tires made by the subsidiary...

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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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Swiss Re

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

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

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Swiss Re stands out as being more at risk from the physical impacts of climate change itself. The insurance industry may experience dramatically increased costs due to a growth in climate-related effects...

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Nest Fresh Eggs (A, B)

Author: Amabile, Teresa M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Szymanski had based her company, Nest Fresh Eggs, on a strong personal belief that people deserved healthier alternatives for food and that animals deserved to be treated well. But, during Nest Fresh's 14 years in business, the egg industry had undergone a number of changes. Szymanski had to come up with business alternatives, some of which might require back-pedaling on her convictions.

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Malden Mills (A, B)

Authors: Nohria, Nitin; Gurtler, Bridget; Piper, Thomas R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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CEO Aaron Feuerstein of Malden Mills decided to pay idled workers after a massive fire at his mill in 1995. Focuses on the decisions made post-fire and the rebuilding process and eventual bankruptcy of the company...

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Hurricane Katrina: Continuing the Discussions A Year Later

Authors: Scully, Maureen; Roberts, Alex; The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2006

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the media was suddenly broaching topics such as race inequality and environmental planning that receive little attention in the national discourse. CasePlace.org released a Featured Collection that covered a variety of topics that could be raised in business school classrooms (ranging from how to detect windfall profits to the history of racialized images in the media to budget tradeoffs in the face of warnings about environmental disaster). A year later, the same issues are relevant, but have they lost urgency? From securing levees to securing livelihoods, these topics remain important for future business leaders....

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