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Betting Private Capital on Fixing Public Ills: Instiglio Brings Social Impact Bonds to Colombia

Authors: Levy, Dan; Varley, Pamela
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2014

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In July 2012, three freshly-minted Harvard Kennedy School graduates bought one-way tickets to Medellin, Colombia, to launch a nonprofit startup they called Instiglio. Their idea: to bring Social Impact Bonds, still experimental even in affluent nations, to Colombia and other low to middle income countries.

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Wawa Inc.

Authors: McGarvie, Blythe J.; Campbell, Dennis; Stack, Kristin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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The Wawa associates have an ESOP which plays a key role in Wawa's culture of ownership. This case explores the role of incentives and levers of control to create a successful retail chain.

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Barrick Gold Corporation: Perfect Storm at Pascua Lama

Authors: Smith, N. Craig; McCormick, Erin
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2014

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This case is about a gold mining company that seeks to practice 'responsible mining' by addressing environmental and stakeholder concerns, but which nevertheless attracts protests...

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Bridges Ventures

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Appleby, Sarah
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Bridges Ventures, a UK-based impact investor with double-digit returns on its investments, is reflecting on its social impact and pondering its future course...

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Lululemon: A Sheer Debacle in Risk Management

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Larcker, Sarah M.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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In practice, companies often fall short not because they fail to anticipate the likelihood that adverse events occur but because, despite anticipating them, they are still ill-prepared to respond. As illustration, consider the case of Lululemon which struggled to respond to anticipated product quality issues and contain the fallout on social media.

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Cisco Systems and Offshore Cash

Authors: Gow, Ian D.; Wang, Charles C.Y.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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In its SEC filing for the year ended July 28, 2012, Cisco disclosed that it had accumulated a total of $41.3 billion of undistributed earnings for certain foreign subsidiaries for which no U.S. income taxes or foreign withholding taxes had been recognized in its financial statements…

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Negotiating from the Margins: The Santa Clara Pueblo Seeks Key Ancestral Lands

Authors: Hong, Kessely; Varley, Pamela; Garcia-Rios, Patricia
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2014

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This negotiations case describes the approach, over time, of Santa Clara, a small Pueblo Indian tribe in New Mexico, to recover a piece of land tribal leaders viewed as integral to their ancestral homeland. Unlike many negotiations cases, which concern the strategizing of two or more powerful players, this case describes the evolving strategy of a small, marginal player, striving mightily for a seat at a negotiating table dominated by several powerful interests.

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The Nature Conservancy: Advocating and Investing for Sustainable Water Management

Authors: Debaere, Peter; Richter, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2014

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Brian Richter, a veteran scientist for TNC who had led its water market strategy for the past few years, was convinced that water markets could be attractive for the market-friendly TNC. But he wondered how TNC could integrate water markets into its water strategy while staying true to its legacy and mission…

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The Business of Ecosystem Restoration

Authors: Ferwerda, Willem; Comiteau, Lauren; Yue, Tao
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Rotterdam
Publication Year: 2014

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There are some two billion hectares of severely depleted land on Earth, some 20 percent of the planet, due to decades of agro-farming, deforestation, overfishing and over-grazing. Ecologist and former IUCN NL director Willem Ferwerda wants to reclaim them a few hundred thousand hectors at a time...

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NaanDanJain: Every Drop of Water Counts

Authors: Debaere, Peter; Elias, Allison
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2014

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This case demonstrates the growing importance of water policy and water scarcity on key business decisions. It uses the merger of two drip irrigation companies to show how the business models of multinationals were shifting to accommodate current and expected water crises in many parts of the world...

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