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Transformations of Wal-Mart: Experimenting with New Retail Paradigms

Authors: Conklin, David W.; Cadieux, Danielle
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Beginning in the 1990s, Wal-Mart sought to maintain its rapid growth by investing outside of the United States. This process created a new set of challenges, since the existing chains had their own corporate cultures and operating procedures. Wal-Mart experienced several surprising defeats and encountered strong opposition from labour unions. At the same time, Wal-Mart was taking a dramatic position in compelling its suppliers to adopt "green" practices, conducting audits of its suppliers and refusing to purchase from those who failed to measure up to new environmental standards.

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From Kyoto to Copenhagen to Cancun to Rangoon: Successes and Failures in International Climate Negotiations

Authors: Conklin, David W.; Cadieux, Danielle
Product Type: Notes
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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In 1992, the United Nations Convention on Climate Change urged UN members to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming and climate change. As of 2010, however, many significant details of countries’ specific actions had not yet been addressed, and both emissions and the danger of climate change continued to climb.

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GSK's Andrew Witty: Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases and Global Health Issues (A, B)

"Open Labs, Open Minds"; The "Pharmaceutical Patent Pool"

Authors: Rouse, Michael J.; Sehgal, Chander
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Andrew Witty reflected on his vision for big pharma as a catalyst for change which focussed on two key issues: 1) promoting innovation for the products that treat or prevent neglected tropical diseases and 2) improving access to medicines in the world's poorest countries.

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Feeding Asia

Authors: McCarron, Benjamin; Carmody, Lucy; Dodge, Laura
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Responsible Research
Publication Year: 2011

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The dramatic food price rallies of 2010, echoing the surges and attendant social unrest of 2008, provide the context for this analysis of the challenges of feeding Asia over the coming decades.

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Nestle: A Social Media Nightmare (A, B)

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

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On March 17, 2010, the chairman of the board of directors was caught off guard because of a YouTube video created by the environmental activist group Greenpeace. Within 24 hours, the video had more than 100,000 views and anti-Nestlé campaigns quickly emerged on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks around the world...

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Privatization of the Tiger Leaping House in Nanjing, PRC

Author: Grainger, Stephen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The Liang family left China’s mainland under pressure in 1949; they resettled in Taiwan, resumed their hospitality business and now, two generations later, return to find their family's old guest house is a run-down state-owned enterprise. How will they deal with this privatization and the inevitable bureaucracy of purchasing, demolition and rebuilding the old guest house? How will they convert human resources trained under planned economy conditions into dynamic employees operating in the market economy while being culturally sensitive?

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Just Us! Community-based Tourism

Authors: McKillop, Ian; Sagebien, Julia; Brugueras, Alba
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Just Us!, a Nova Scotia, Canada-based cooperative that offered fair trade products, had a very loyal regional following, and the coordinator wanted to communicate how the premium paid for fair trade products actually helped producer communities.

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ActionAid International: Globalizing Governance, Localizing Accountability

Authors: Ebrahim, Alnoor; Gordon, Rachel
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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As a global NGO working in 45 countries, ActionAid International aims to eradicate poverty by addressing its underlying causes such as injustice and inequality. This case follows a series of radical transformations implemented by the organization's CEO, Ramesh Singh. How will the divisions between the Northern and Southern units play out? Will they tear the organization apart, just when it is becoming a global player?

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Ethnic Consumers Consulting

Authors: Kumar, S. Ramesh; Guruvayurappan, Nitya; Banerjee, Madhurjya
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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How can cultural values provide the differentiation platform for brands in emerging economies? This case uses the categories of hair oil and fairness creams to examine this issue in the Indian context, which offers unique marketing challenges to multinational companies.

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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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