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Empowering Female Micro-Entrepreneurs through Education: Raising Half the Sky in Just Three Hours

Author: Pearson, Christine M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
Publication Year: 2015

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This case examines Project Salta (Salta) a multi-year collaborative experiment among financial institutions, a foreign government aid agency, and a global management school. Binding goals of Salta were to provide practical business information in sessions of short duration to micro-entrepreneurs operating at or near the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid, while keeping sponsors' costs exceptionally low. Students using the case are challenged to think creatively about how they would translate their understanding of basic business knowledge into the fundamentals needed to thrive as a micro-entrepreneur in a developing country. The case is especially relevant to individuals or organizations considering or engaging in corporate social responsibility opportunities. It is also highly relevant to empowerment of women at or near the base of the socio-economic pyramid, as well as micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries.

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BLC Bank and the Quest for Women’s Empowerment in MENA

Authors: Matar, Farah; Jamali, Dima
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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In 2010, the assistant general manager and head of strategic development at Lebanon’s BLC Bank attended the annual summit of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, a leading organization of financial institutions that drove the creation of women’s wealth worldwide. On her return to Beirut, she encouraged her bank to capitalize on the inclusion of women as a relevant differentiator from both a business and societal perspective. The result of research into the economic, demographic and social needs of the country was the launch in 2012 of the "We Initiative", a unique and comprehensive program dedicated to the economic empowerment of women in the Middle East and North Africa region…

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Korean Air: The “Nut Rage” Incident

Authors: Teo, Thompson S.H.; Zhao, Mei Jie
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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In December 2014, after receiving poor service on a flight, a senior vice president at Korean Air lashed out at the flight attendants and delayed the flight’s departure until the chief attendant was returned to the gate. Following a tepid apology from her father, Korean Air’s chief executive officer, her actions drew a public backlash because they exposed the sense of entitlement prevalent among rich family conglomerates in South Korea. How should she have reacted in the face of the service failure?

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Unilever in Vietnam: The 'Perfect Village' Initiative

Authors: Singh, Jasjit; Duce, Helen
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2015

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Unilever is reviewing the progress so far of its new 'Perfect Village' initiative in Vietnam, which seeks to build a financially viable rural business that also makes a positive social impact.

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Unilever: Combatting Global Food Waste

Authors: Drake, David; Hammond, Janice H.; Preble, Matthew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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The global consumer goods company Unilever was on pace to hit a number of aggressive targets by 2020 as part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Project, including a goal to halve the waste associated with the disposal of its products. By encouraging consumers to better manage their food purchases, did Unilever risk harming its own sales or those of its retail customers? Could Unilever encourage industry-wide changes to have a real impact on global environmental sustainability?

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Domestic Violence in the NFL: Time for Real Change?

Authors: Maurer, Cara C.; Trahair, Kyle
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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This case describes the challenges faced by Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Carolina Panthers National Football League (NFL) team, following the arrest of one of the team’s star players on domestic violence charges…

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Mabel's Labels: Leading in a Results‐Only Work Environment

Authors: Konrad, Alison; Birbrager, Lindsay
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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This case describes the implementation of a results-only work environment (ROWE) at Mabel’s Labels, a successful entrepreneurial firm in Canada. Under ROWE, employee performance is managed by examining outcomes and accomplishments, not by measuring the amount of time people spend at the workplace. The case provides details of the change process and ROWE implementation…

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Suntech Power: Competition and Financing in China's Solar Industry

Authors: Gupta, Sunil; Hrnjic, Emir
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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In 2011, Suntech Power, the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer, found itself in a highly problematic position. Recent developments in the Chinese solar power industry had negatively impacted the company’s operations. To remedy the problem, in May 2011, the founder and chief executive officer of Suntech Power hired a new chief financial officer and they faced the arduous task of turning the company around. How should they tackle changing political and economic conditions?

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Sophia Tannis: Life Choices (A, B)

Authors: Konrad, Alison; Blanchard, Kanina
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2015

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Sophia Tannis and her husband, Richard, had to choose between following her career or his. As fate would have it, Richard’s promotion was announced the same day Sophia’s boss handed her the chance to take her next big career step.

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Envision, Strategize, Transform: Desso's Journey to Sustainability (A, B)

Authors: Koyryak, Oksana; Maylor, Harvey
Product Type: Cases
Source: Cranfield School of Management
Publication Year: 2015

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This case is about the journey that Desso has taken to become a leader in sustainable design and manufacturing of flooring solutions and turning its performance around in the process.

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