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In BP's Record, a History of Boldness and Costly Blunders

Author: Lyall, Sarah
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2010

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This article examines the warning signs associated with BP "taking too many risks and cutting corners in pursuit of growth and profit." All of which have arguably, lead to the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.

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Making a Difference by Speaking Out

Jeff Wigand Says Exactly What's on His Mind

Author: Armenakis, Achilles
Product Type: Journal Articles; Interviews
Source: Journal of Management Inquiry, Volume 13, # 4, 355-362, 2004.
Reprinted with Permission from Sage Publications Inc.
Publication Year: 2004

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When starting a career with a particular organization, few of us expect to be confronted with organizational wrongdoing. The typical individual probably thinks that the options available to someone confronted with organizational wrongdoing are clear-cut and the decision that must be made is relatively straightforward...
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The Dynamics of Standing Still

Firestone Tire & Rubber and the Radial Revolution

Author: Sull, Donald N.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2000

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In the late 1960s, Firestone was perhaps the best managed company in its industry. But when Michelin introduced the radial tire and shook up the U.S. market, writes HBS professor Donald Sull, Firestone's historical success proved its own worst enemy.

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Freddie Mac: Managing in Conservatorship

Authors: Kaplan, Robert Steven; Nohria, Nitin; Creo, Ben
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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The Chief Executive Officer of Freddie Mac is facing a challenge: to lead Freddie Mac, build its culture, upgrade its operations and generally prepare the organization for re-emerging from conservatorship. In the background, housing prices continue to deteriorate and the company continues to lose money.

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The Multinational Firm and Geostrategy

Author: Jones, Milo
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: IE Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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This course explores how geopolitical factors affect multinational firms, and how business strategy intersects with geopolitical events. We will consider geopolitics in the broadest sense, looking at how geography, climate, culture, demography, politics, economics and technology interact with business strategy.

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Honorable Mention: The Anti-FEMA

Author: Sauer, Patrick J.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Inc. Magazine
Publication Year: 2005

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As government officials dawdled, Richard Zuschlag didn't miss a beat. He sent his medics into flood-ravaged New Orleans, where they rescued more than 7,000 people.

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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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WorldCom: Keeping Planes in the Air (A)

Authors: Mead, Jenny; Sack, Robert J.; Werhane, Patricia H.; Wicks, Andrew C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Virginia Darden School Foundation
Publication Year: 2008

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This case focuses on the dilemma faced by Betty Vinson, a senior manager in the corporate accounting division of telecommunications giant WorldCom, when asked repeatedly to falsify financial information. Vinson’s story is contrasted with that of Cynthia Cooper, the head of WorldCom’s internal audit department, who refused to accept the fraud that she and her team uncovered.

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Perrier Recall: A Source of Trouble

Authors: Greyser, Stephen A.; Klein, Norman
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1990

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When a laboratory discovered traces of the carcinogen benzene in bottles of Perrier, Group Perrier of America immediately announced a voluntary U.S. recall of all Perrier brand imported water.

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Bear Stearns and the Seeds of Its Demise

Author: Chaplinsky, Susan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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The case covers the events that led to the collapse of Bear Stearns's (Bear's) hedge funds in July 2007 and traces management's response to the situation through January 2008.

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Boosting the Economy With Energy Efficiency Financing

Author: International Energy Agency
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: International Energy Agency
Publication Year: 2009

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From the New Deal to responses to blackouts, history teaches us that crisis times can result in salutary reforms. Recent international economic developments—namely the international financial and economic crisis, combined with the volatility of energy prices—threaten to jeopardize our economic well being and our ability to address other goals like climate change mitigation. However this need not be so...

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BP and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Author: Roberto, Michael A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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On the night of April 20, 2010, a series of explosions rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The case describes how Tony Hayward and his predecessor, John Browne, led the firm and shaped the culture during the past two decades. In addition, the case explains how the regulatory environment and political forces shaped decision-making in the oil industry. The case concludes by examining the aftermath of the accident, particularly the public relations miscues that BP experienced as it tried to manage the crisis.

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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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Financial Impact of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants: FirstEnergy and Davis-Besse

Authors: Allen, B.; Cross, T.; Simko, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2009

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In March 2002, during a scheduled refueling outage, workers at FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse nuclear power plant found a football-sized hole in the reactor head caused by boric acid corrosion. FirstEnergy projected the outage would last two to three months and cost from $15 million to $30 million. Instead, the outage lasted 26 months and cost $588.9 million.

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In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down

Authors: Reed, Stanley; Fitzgerald, Alison
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Bloomberg Press
Publication Year: 2011

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In 2005, fifteen workers were killed when BP's Texas City Refinery exploded. In 2006, corroded pipes owned by BP led to an oil spill in Alaska. In 2010, eleven men drilling for BP were killed in the blowout of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. What's next? The authors answer not only that question, but also examine why these disasters happen to BP so much more than other large oil companies.

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Israel's Marketing Challenge

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2009

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Israel faces a dual marketing challenge. First, similar to countries like Afghanistan and Iraq whose wars dominate the news, Israel's public perception is marked by images of violence and conflict rather than ones suggesting stability and a hospitable business environment. This leads to the second marketing challenge, that of Israeli companies striving to attract investors and customers even as they contend with a tide of negative world opinion.

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APELL for Mining – Guidance for the Mining Industry in Raising Awareness & Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level

http://www.natural-resources.org/minerals/CD/docs/unep/APELL_for_Mining.pdf

Author: United Nations Environment Programme
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: United Nations Environment Program
Publication Year: 2001

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Provides a framework for the preparation of an Emergency Response Plan that can be used by mine management, emergency response agencies, government officials and local communities, specifically for the mining industry.

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H&R Block 2006

Authors: Tufano, Peter; Roy, Arijit; McClintock, Emily
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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Mark Ernst, the Chairman, CEO and President of H&R Block, has to decide how to respond to a competitive threat posed by a competitor's refund lending product.

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National Australia Bank (A, B)

Authors: Hubbard, G.; Hubbard, J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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This case is about the fall from grace of a revered, high-performing Australian company that had gone international in its quest for growth. It covers the investigation of the foreign exchange trading scandal disaster, the changes in personnel in the top management team and the board, the introduction of new external people to support the new CEO and many other detailed events that took place as part of the turnover.

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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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Netflix: The Public Relations Box Office Flop

Authors: Seijts, Jana; Bigus, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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On the morning of September 19, 2011, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the online movie provider Netflix, became witness to growing public discontent and media criticism...

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Business and Peace: Sketching the Terrain

Authors: Oetzel, Jennifer; Westermann-Behaylo, Michelle; Koerber, Charles; Fort, Timothy L.; Rivera, Jorge
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics
Publication Year: 2009

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This article introduces a concept for an emerging set of principles that can be integrated into corporate strategy for how business can directly engage with conflict-sensitive environments.

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Changan Automobile Co., Ltd.

Authors: Xia, Donglin; Campbell, Dennis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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This case helps students to explore the financial reporting, firm visibility, and disclosure issues in China's fast-growing economy in the context of a firm competing in the high-growth, highly competitive automobile industry.

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Intel's Internet Entanglement (A, B)

Authors: Perry, L.; Swain, M.; Kovalenko, N.
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 1996

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Intel released the Pentium microprocessor chip but a professor has discovered a bug in the chip and is talking about it on the Internet.

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Catch-22 for Kellogg's?

Authors: Maseeha, S.; Purkayastha, Debapratim
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2009

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The case discusses the fall-out of an endorsement deal between Kellogg Company and 2008 Olympic swimming champion Michael Fred Phelps after the latter was photographed smoking marijuana from a bong.

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Introducing iSnack 2.0: The New Vegemite

Authors: Keinan, Anat; Farrelly, Francis; Beverland, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Vegemite is an iconic Australian breakfast spread, and this case focuses on Kraft's decision to revitalize the brand's performance. Following a high profile campaign, Kraft chose the name iSnack 2.0 for a new Vegemite brand extension. The case starts two days after the public unveiling of this name and the subsequent nationwide backlash against it.

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Enterprise Culture in Chinese History: Zhang Jian and the Dasheng Cotton Mills

Author: Koll, Elisabeth
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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This case explains the origins of corporate governance, enterprise culture, and legal environment in China in the context of contemporary enterprise reform.

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Unintended Acceleration: Toyota's Recall Crisis

Authors: Austen-Smith, David; Diermeier, Daniel; Zemel, Eitan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kellogg School of Management
Publication Year: 2012

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Despite Toyota's voluntary recall of 4.2 million vehicles for floor mats that could jam the accelerator pedal and a later recall to increase the space between the gas pedal and the floor, the company insisted there was no underlying defect and defended itself against media reports and regulatory statements that said otherwise...

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Western Distribution Center, Inc.

Author: Andre, Rae
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 1994

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Mike Henley is the middle-level manager responsible for daily operations in a regional distribution subsidiary of a major mail-order catalog company.

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Hedge Fund Clamp-down? Research Says Investors Can Watch Out for Themselves

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2009

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According to a study by two accounting professors, even though hedge funds give their managers virtual autonomy in investment strategy, investors can successfully demand effective internal controls to discourage fraud. The paper, titled "Determinants of Hedge Fund Internal Controls and Fees" and written by Wharton professor Gavin Cassar and University of Chicago Business School professor Joseph Gerakos, also looks at the incentives hedge funds have in place to avoid excessive risk.

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A Synergistic Union, or Selling Out?

University-Industry Relations, Biotechnology, and the UC-Berkeley/Novartis Partnership

Author: Dunning, Rebecca
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
Publication Year: 2009

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This case uses the controversial partnership linking the University of California-Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources and agribusiness giant Novartis to examine the ongoing tensions between higher education’s public mission and its competition for resources in a competitive education and research market.

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The Power of Persuasion

Putting the science of influence to work in fundraising

Author: Cialdini, Robert B.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2003

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Why is it that one person feels obligated to another, and what compels someone to fulfill an obligation? Can one person influence another ethically, in a way that leaves both parties feeling satisfied?

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Nestle Purina PetCare

Your Pet, Our Poison

Authors: Exten, L.; Gimenez, P.; Steinberg, J.; O'Rourke, J. S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Publication Year: 2009

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The pet food poisoning scare of 2007, in which numerous pet food products were contaminated with melamine sourced from China, seriously damaged many of the afflicted firms' reputations for safety and customer concern. Pet food industry leader Nestle Purina released two unapologetic statements revealing limited information about the source of the problem and its impact on consumers.

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Canadian Cancer Society: Fundraising Controversy

Authors: Seijts, Jana; Bigus, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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This case places students directly into the role of an organization facing a crisis communication situation in the media, to which mounting public speculation requires the organization to officially respond.

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Shale Gas Extraction by Shell: Environmental Implications

Author: Dutta, Subhankar
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2011

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Royal Dutch Shell Company initiated a South African oil project that led to controversy around "fracking" extraction technology. The company faced strong protest and criticism from the local inhabitants and environmentalists arguing that the project could contaminate the underground water and lead to serious health problems across the region.

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Grameen Bank

Authors: McMillan, John; Hanley, D.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Business School
Publication Year: 2005

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Grameen Bank was a microcredit bank in Bangladesh, annually lending hundreds of millions of dollars to its millions of poor entrepreneurs. This case covers the history of the bank from 1975 to 1998, with a concentration on events in the mid nineties.

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Corporate Governance at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia: Not "A Good Thing"

Author: Shein, James B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kellogg School of Management
Publication Year: 2014

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The case opens with Martha Stewart's 2005 release from prison following her conviction for obstructing an insider-trading investigation of her 2001 sale of personal stock. The scandal dealt a crippling blow to the powerful Martha Stewart brand and drove results at her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), deep into the red. Internal challenges loomed even larger, with numerous failures of governance while the company attempted a turnaround...

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What is the Matter With Business Ethics?

Author: Stark, Andrew
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 1993

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The enterprise of business ethics is calling for changes in the way business ethics is conducted. New approaches speak directly to the concerns of managers and the mix of motives and realities with which these managers contend.

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AIDS Is Your Business

Authors: Rosen, Sydney; Simon, Jonathon; Vincent, Jeffrey R.; MacLeod, William; Fox, Matthew; Thea, Donald M.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2003

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If your company operates in a developing country, AIDS is your business. Why should executives be concerned about AIDS? Because it is destroying the twin rationales of globalization strategy--cheap labor and fast-growing markets--in countries where people are heavily affected by the epidemic.

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Subprime Tsunami on Indian Shores: Communication Crisis Hits ICICI

Authors: Juneja, Chetan; Bajaj, Gita
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business; Indian School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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ICICI bank - India's largest private sector bank with maximum international exposure among Indian banks - was hit by rumors about its exposure to Lehman assets. Solvency fears drove its depositors to withdraw large sums of money and the bank's stock value started to erode. The case presents the context of the crisis including the financial and reputation assets of the ICICI bank, the crisis communication effort and the impact of the communication effort.

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The Congressional Oversight Panel's Valuation of the TARP Warrants (A, B)

Author: Baldwin, Carliss Y.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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The Congressional Oversight Panel wants to value the warrants issued to the government in connection with the TARP investments of 2008, in order to increase the transparency of options repurchases. The case describes the methodology used to value the warrants.

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StarKist (A, B)

Authors: Duxbury, Peggy; Vietor, Richard H.K.; Reinhardt, Forest L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1995

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During the 1980s, the public became increasingly concerned about tuna fishing practices that killed dolphins. StarKist was the target of a consumer boycott initiated by the environmental community...

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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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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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Driving Organizational Change in the Midst of Crisis

Authors: Hatakenaka, Sachi; Carroll, John S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review
Publication Year: 2001

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There is no recipe for pulling an organization through a crisis. You have to think on your feet. This case study shows that even in a complex, high-pressure industry openness to learning can light the way.

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Goldman Sachs: A Bank for All Seasons (A, B, C)

Authors: Goldberg, Lena G.; Obenchain, Tiffany
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Facing the worldwide financial crisis, Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein considered his options...

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Storm and Crisis: A Tale of 3 Companies

New Orleans, the Business Haves and Have-Nots

Author: Deutsch, Claudia H.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2005

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Hurricane Katrina has been the big leveler in more than the physical sense. Small banks, big stores and international manufacturers were all hit, and all are trying to figure out how to help customers and employees. Like the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have scattered to temporary homes and shelters throughout the South, businesses are also part of the diaspora.

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A Direct Stake in Economic Life: Worker-Owned Firms

Author: Alperovitz, Gar
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Books / Book Chapters
Source: Vermont Commons
Publication Year: 2006

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That individuals work harder, better and with greater enthusiasm when they have a direct interest in the outcome is self-evident to most people. The obvious question is: Why aren’t large numbers of businesses organized on this principle? The answer is: In fact, thousands and thousands of them are.

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Salomon Brothers (A, B, C)

Author: Paine, Lynn S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2004

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Describes Salomon Brothers' recovery from the August 1991 Treasury auction scandal.

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Chertoff on the Government's Role in Managing Risk -- Both Natural and Man-made

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2008

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What do the global financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 terrorist attacks have in common?

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