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Causes and Consequences of Managerial Failure in Rapidly Changing Organizations

Authors: Longenecker, Clinton O.; Neubert, Mitchell J.; Fink, Laurence S.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons, Indiana University Press
Publication Year: 2007

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As organizational change becomes increasingly common within firms, managers must learn how to effectively lead team members through the shifting landscape. Based on focus-group data from over 1,000 managers, this study highlights the 15 primary causes of managerial failure, ways to help improve their performance and, accordingly, the performance of their organizations.

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Questioning Assumptions About Students' Expectations for Technology in College Classrooms

Authors: Kinzer, Charles; Lohnes, Sarah
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Innovate: Journal of Online Education
Publication Year: 2007

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In this article, Sarah Lohnes and Charles Kinzer argue for a more nuanced understanding of Net Generation students and their technology practices than received wisdom currently offers...

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Corporate Social Responsibility: A Complementary Perspective of Community and Corporate Leaders

Author: Boehm, Amnon
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business and Society Review. Vol. 107, Issue 2.
Publication Year: 2002

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This article argues that to understand CSR is necessary to study the attitudes of community leaders besides those of corporate leaders.

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Building Competitive Advantage and Managing Risk Through Sustainable Development

Author: Bansal, Pratima
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business Journal
Publication Year: 2001

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Business leaders who choose to ignore pressing social, economic and environmental issues do so at their own considerable peril - and their organization's...

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Worker Capitalists?

Giving Employees an Ownership Stake

Authors: Blair, Margaret; Kruse, Douglas L.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The Brookings Review. Fall 1999; Vol. 17, Issue 4.
Publication Year: 1999

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This article analyzes the emergent role of employees as a key shareholder group. The authors discusses four major drivers of the trend: tax incentives, decreased vulnerability to takeover, human resources management, and employee motivation.

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Governing China's boards: An interview with John Thornton

The ex-president of Goldman Sachs talks about his experiences as a reformer of board governance in China.

Authors: Barton, Dominic; Huang, Richard He
Product Type: Journal Articles; Interviews
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2007

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As a banker at Goldman Sachs in the 1980s and 1990s, John Thornton made his mark blazing new financial trails with clients in Europe and Asia—trails that eventually led him to the presidency of that prestigious investment bank. Three years ago, Thornton set out on a radically different path: he retired from Goldman to start up a leadership program at Beijing's elite Tsinghua University...

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Strategies for Learning from Failure

Author: Edmondson, Amy C.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2011

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The wisdom of learning from failure is incontrovertible. Yet organizations that do it well are extraordinarily rare. The reason: Those managers were thinking about failure the wrong way.

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Does it Really Pay to be Green? An Empirical Study of Firm Environmental and Financial Performance

Authors: King, Andrew; Lenox, Michael
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Industrial Ecology, Volume 5.
Publication Year: 2001

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Previous empirical work suggests that firms with high environmental performance tend to be profitable, but questions persist about the nature of relationship. Does stronger environmental performance really lead to better financial performance or is the observed relationship the outcome of some other underlying firm attribute...

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When Customers Get Clever

Managerial Approaches to Dealing With Creative Consumers

Authors: Berthon, Pierre R.; Pitt, Leyland F.; McCarthy, Ian; Kates, Steven M.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons, Indiana University Press
Publication Year: 2007

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Creative consumers represent an intriguing paradox for business. On one hand, they can signify lost revenue and breach of intellectual property rights, but on the other hand they represent a gold mine of ideas. This case looks at the impact creative consumers have on business, and the positions businesses typically take regarding customer product innovations; it also gives suggestions for businesses whose customers “get clever.”

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India's Economic Agenda: An Interview with Manmohan Singh

Author: Gupta, Rajat K.
Product Type: Journal Articles; Interviews
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2005

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The prime minister of India discusses his plans to modernize the country's infrastructure, attract foreign investment, and create jobs -- all in the service of eliminating chronic poverty and disease in India...

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What's Wrong with the Treadway Commission Report?

Experimental Analyses of the Effects of Personal Values and Codes of Conduct on Fraudulent Financial Reporting

Authors: Brief, Arthur P.; Dukerich, Janet M.; Brown, Paul R.; Brett, Joan F.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics 15: 183-198, 1996
Publication Year: 1996

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In three studies, factors influencing the incidence of fraudulent financial reporting were assessed. We examined (1) the effects of personal values and (2) codes of corporate conduct, on whether managers misrepresented financial reports.

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Scorched Earth

Will Environmental Risks in China Overwhelm Its Opportunities?

Authors: Economy, Elizabeth; Lieberthal, Kenneth
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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Of all the risks of doing business in China, the greatest is the threat posed by environmental degradation. And yet it's barely discussed in corporate boardrooms. This is a serious mistake. In factoring environmental issues into their China strategies, foreign firms need to be both defensive, taking steps to reduce harm, and proactive, investing in environmental protection efforts.

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Responsibility: The New Business Imperative

Authors: Waddock, Sandra; Bodwell, Charles; Graves, Samuel
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Academy of Management Executive, 2002, Volume 16, No. 2
Publication Year: 2002

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Businesses today are experiencing profound pressures to reform and improve stakeholder related practices and their impacts on stakeholders and the natural environment - in short, managing responsibly as well as profitably...

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Marketing Strategies for the Ethics Era

Author: Smith, N. Craig
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review, Summer, 1995


Publication Year: 1995

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This article's 'marketing ethics continuum' explains the shift in society's expectations of marketers and provides benchmarks against which marketers can evaluate their practices and perspectives.

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Environmental and Social Disclosure and Data Richness in the Mining Industry

Authors: Peck, Philip; Sinding, Knud
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Strategy and the Environment
Publication Year: 2009

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Self-regulation by firms and industries in relation to the environmental impact they cause is not a full substitute for more traditional regulation of environmental externalities.

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Avoiding Ecological Surprise: Lessons from Long-Standing Communities

Author: King, Andrew
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Academy of Management Review, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 961-985.
Publication Year: 1995

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Increasingly ecologists have recognized the importance of sudden and unexpected changes in the natural environment – often called ‘surprises'...

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The Multiple Bottom Lines of Corporate Citizenship: Social Investing, Reputation, and Responsibility Audits

Author: Waddock, Sandra
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business and Society Review
Publication Year: 2000

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This article explores the current trends in corporate practices in assessing 'corporate citizenship'.

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Real Labour-Management Teamwork

An Idea Whose Time Is Due

Author: Piper, Chris
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business Journal
Publication Year: 2009

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If the participation of labour in management decisions leads to a more responsive, better-run GM and Chrysler, then this economic recession will have yielded a solid legacy, proof that management-labour cooperation really does work.

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An Urban Grants Economy Revisited

Corporate Charitable Contributions in the Twin Cities, 1979-81, 1987-89

Author: Galaskiewicz, Joseph
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Administrative Science Quarterly
Publication Year: 1997

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Corporate charitable contributions can teach us how social, political, and cultural contexts influence corporate behavior...

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New Work of the Nonprofit Board

Authors: Taylor, Barbara E.; Chait, Richard P.; Holland, Thomas P.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 1996

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Too often, the board of a nonprofit organization is little more than a collection of high-powered people engaged in low-level activities. But that can change, the authors say, if trustees are willing to discover and take on the new work of the board...

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Shrinking Core, Expanding Periphery

The Relational Architecture of High-Performing Organizations

Authors: Gulati, Ranjay; Kletter, David
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2005

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As companies adapt to the changing business environment, they have become increasingly dependent on reinforcing mutually beneficial ties to four sets of critical stakeholders: customers, suppliers, alliance partners, and intraorganizational business units. In each of these relationships, successful firms intensify their collaborative efforts. This phenomenon is one of the hallmarks of a new operating model: the relationship-centered organization.

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Building the Civilized Workplace

Author: Sutton, Robert
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2007

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Nasty people don't just make others feel miserable; they create economic problems for their companies...

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Is it Ethical to Use Ethics as Strategy?

Authors: Husted, Bryan W.; Allen, David B.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 27.
Publication Year: 2000

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This article discusses the reasons for applying ethical and social responsibility considerations in the development of corporate strategy.

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Beyond Manufacturing: The Evolution of Lean Production

Author: Corbett, Stephen
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2007

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Many nonmanufacturing sectors are rapidly adopting lean techniques. Soon they will no longer be a differentiating factor in themselves; the important thing will be how well you implement them...

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The Land of 'No Service'

Author: Friedman, Thomas L.
Product Type: Journal Articles; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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While maintaining “No Service” in the wild is essential for Africa’s ecotourism industry, the rest of the continent desperately needs more connectivity if it is to prosper.

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The Effect of Stakeholder Preferences, Organizational Structure and Industry Type on Corporate Community Involvement

Authors: Brammer, Stephen; Millington, Andrew
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 45, Issue 3.
Publication Year: 2003

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This paper analyses the relationships between corporate community involvement activities, the organizational structures within which they are managed, the firm's industry and evolving stakeholder attitudes and preferences in a sample of 148 U.K. based firms who have demonstrated a clear desire to be socially responsible.

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Supply Chain Specific? Understanding the Patchy Success of Ethical Sourcing Initiatives

Author: Roberts, Sarah
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics. Vol. 44, Issue 2/3.
Publication Year: 2003

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This paper begins by examining the relationship between corporate social responsibility, reputation, and supply network conditions. It then looks at the effectiveness of one tool for managing supply network sustainability issues...

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The Ethical Mind: A Conversation with Psychologist Howard Gardner

Authors: Fryer, Bronwyn; Gardner, Howard
Product Type: Journal Articles; Interviews
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2007

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It's now more important than ever that those at the top mend relationships with customers, employees, and other stakeholders.

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Mining, Corporate Social Responsibility and the "Community": The Case of Rio Tinto, Richards Bay Minerals and the Mbonambi

Author: Kapelus, Paul
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics
Publication Year: 2002

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Mining companies have long had a questionable reputation for social responsibility, especially in developing countries.

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The Philosopher of Progress and Prosperity

Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto has found a way to enrich the poor.

Author: Kleiner, Art
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Strategy + Business
Publication Year: 2004

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What separates poor nations from wealthy ones is “the mystery of capital,” says Mr. de Soto. To solve that mystery, he argues, one must understand why it is so common for the poor in non-Western countries to be locked inside large, informal, extralegal economies where they are unable to accumulate wealth...

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Measuring Corporate Social Performance: A Review

Author: Wood, Donna J.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: International Journal of Management Reviews
Publication Year: 2010

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This paper reviews the literature on corporate social performance (CSP) measurement and sets that literature into a theoretical context.

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Downsizing Isn't What It's Cracked Up to Be

Author: Hornstein, Henry
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business Journal
Publication Year: 2009

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The decision to implement wholesale staff cuts can exemplify the law of unintended consequences. Or, mass layoffs, for the most part, don’t really work. In fact, this author states that downsizing has only a 50-50 chance of reducing costs. And while the alternatives to downsizing he describes may not be new, there is documented evidence that they maintain employee engagement and the firm’s competitive standing.

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A Framework for Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility Programs as a Continuum

An Exploratory Study

Authors: Pirsch, Julie; Gupta, Shruti; Landreth Grau, Stacy
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Springer
Publication Year: 2006

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs are increasingly popular corporate marketing strategies. This paper argues that CSR programs can fall along a continuum between two endpoints: Institutionalized programs and Promotional programs. Ethical and managerial implications of preliminary findings are discussed.

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Retrieving and Transferring Embodied Data: Implications for the Management of Interdependence within Organizations

Author: King, Andrew
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Management Science, Volume 45, No. 7.
Publication Year: 1999

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This research helps to link theories of sticky research with organizational design and governance. It suggests that information embodied in process material can allow downstream tasks to uncover information about upstream tasks...

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Broad-Based Employee Stock Options - A Union-Nonunion Comparison

Authors: Kroumova, Maya; Sesil, James; Kruse, Douglas; Blasi, Joseph
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, Volume 11, Elsevier
Publication Year: 2002

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Until recently, stock options were primarily reserved for senior executives and selected managers in most American corporations. In the last decade or so, however, stock options have become part of the compensation package for an increasing number of rank-and-file employees.

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Justice and Fairness

Authors: Velasquez, Manuel; Andre, Claire; Shanks, Thomas; Meyer, Michael
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 1999

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Justice means giving each person what he or she deserves or, in more traditional terms, giving each person his or her due. But what criteria and what principles should we use to determine what is due to this or that person?

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Corporate Social Performance as a Competitive Advantage in Attracting a Quality Workforce

Authors: Greening, Daniel W.; Turban, Daniel B.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business & Society, V39, #3: 254-280. 2000. Copyright by Business and Society
Reprinted by Permission of Sage Publications, Inc.
Publication Year: 2000

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At a time when corporate success is depending more and more on a quality workforce, firms are becoming increasingly aware of the need to attract the best workers to their companies. Our results indicate that applicants will not only be attracted to firms with positive CSP reputations but that they will pursue jobs with such firms, will attempt to interview with such firms, and will have a higher probability of accepting a job offer from these firms.
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Today's Solution and Tomorrow's Problem

The Business Process Outsourcing Risk Management Puzzle

Author: Shi, Yuwek
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2007

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Provides an overview of the different types of risks that a BPO client is faced with, including the damaging impact to client companies in areas such as customer services, overall operations costs, information security, business continuity, and other short-term market performance metrics.

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Multinational Corporations and the Social Contract

Author: Palmer, Eric
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Business Ethics, 2001, Issue 31

Article proposes general rational restrictions upon multinational enterprises and critiques recently proposed restrictions by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Publication Year: 2001

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This article proposes general rational restrictions upon multinational enterprises and critiques recently proposed restrictions by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Winning the Talent War for Women

Addressing corporate cultural barriers to the retention of women professionals

Author: McCracken, Douglas M.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2000

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In 1991, Deloitte & Touche got a wake-up call about its efforts to retain women professionals. While it was recruiting almost as many women as men, the company had a much higher turnover rate for women...

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Corporate Responsibility and Strategic Management

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Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: European Academy of Business in Society
Publication Year: 2007

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Corporate Responsibility, Strategic Management and the Stakeholder View of the Firm

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Delivering Innovation in Hospital Construction

Contracts and Collaboration in the UK's Private Finance Initiative Hospitals Program

Authors: Barlow, James; Koberle-Gaiser, Martina
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2009

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This article discusses the relationship between the system for planning, financing, constructing, and operating new hospitals and the design and construction innovation.

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Business Ethics

Four Spheres of Executive Responsibility

Author: Badaracco, Joseph L., Jr.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 1992

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The search for a grand, unifying principle of management morality often leads to frustration and cynicism. The moral dilemmas managers face are, in essence, clashes among very different spheres of responsibility.

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Exploring the Locus of Profitable Pollution Reduction

Authors: King, Andrew; Lenox, Michael
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Management Science, Volume 48, No. 2
Publication Year: 2002

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In this paper we explore the locus of profitable pollution reduction. We propose that managers underestimate the full value of some means of pollution reduction and so under exploit these means...

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Is Employee Ownership Counterproductive?

Authors: Faleye, Olubunmi; Mehrotra, Vikas; Morck, Randall
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review
Publication Year: 2005

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Turning workers into shareholders improves corporate performance, or so advocates of employee ownership maintain. Their logic is simple: workers with a stake in their company's future are more likely to take a long-term view, which translates into higher productivity and other gains.

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A Quiet Revolution in China's Capital Markets

Authors: Ahn, James; Cogman, David
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: The McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2007

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Reforms that attracted little attention in the Western world mark a major step forward in the modernization of China's capital markets...

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The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation

Authors: Acemoglu, Daron; Johnson, Simon; Robinson, James A.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source:
Publication Year: 2001

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In this paper, the authors evaluate the differences in the mortality rates faced by European colonialists to estimate the effect of institutions on economic performance.

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The Paradox of Corporate Entrepreneurship

Post-Enron principles for encouraging creativity without crossing the line.

Author: Birkinshaw, Julian
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Strategy + Business
Publication Year: 2003

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Now that Enron has collapsed, are we required to write off the idea that companies should encourage entrepreneurship, stretch goals, and risk taking, on the grounds that they will ultimately lead to disaster? Must we accept the logic of journalist Malcolm Gladwell, who, assaying Enron's demise, asked rhetorically in The New Yorker magazine, “What if Enron failed not in spite of its talent mind-set but because of it? What if smart people are overrated?”...

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Ethical Obligations of Public Relations in an Era of Globalisation

Authors: Starck, Kenneth; Kruckeberg, Dean
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Communication Management. Vol. 7, Issue 8.
Publication Year: 2003

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Drawing on a variety of literature, the authors argue that corporations out of their own self-interest must embrace a global approach in fulfilling their social responsibility and that public relations professionals have an obligation to carry out that responsibility by recognizing in their practices that the most important 'corporate' stakeholder is society itself.

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Still Servants of Power

Author: Brief, Arthur P.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Management Inquiry, Volume 9, No. 4, pp. 342-351.
Publication Year: 2005

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This essay is the author's response to the book, The Servants of Power: A History of the Use of Social Science in American Industry written by Loren Baritz in 1960...

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