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Actuaries at Risk

Author: Halfond, Jay A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Boston University
Publication Year: 2015

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This fictional case describes an array of ethical issues that a corporate manager in a major US insurance company faced, and perhaps created, which led ultimately to his forced resignation…

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San Francisco, 2015 #tech #inequality

Authors: Rose, Clayton; Ciechanover, Allison M.; Modi, Kunal
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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This case explores some of the substantial economic inequality problems facing San Francisco, and how much responsibility for creating or exacerbating the problems rests with the government, technology firms, their employees, and the nature of capitalism, among others. It also allows for discussion of what technology firms and the "techies" might do to help alleviate the problem.

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Alibaba Goes Public

Authors: Palepu, Krishna G.; Srinivasan, Suraj; Wang, Charles C.Y.; Lane, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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In 2014 Alibaba debuted on the New York Stock exchange, creating not only the largest IPO in history but this initial desire to list on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange was denied due to the company's desire to preserve its partner's control over decision rights. Why did Hong Kong deny Alibaba's requests to list dual-class shares or to allow its partners to nominate a majority of the board of directors, and in the process turn away a superstar in Alibaba? Why did American stock markets approve of Alibaba's governance structures, despite the warnings of many governance experts?

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LaborVoices: Bringing Transparency to the Global Supply Chain

Authors: Roman, Ronald M.; Lawrence, Anne T.; Amin, Chirag
Product Type: Cases
Source: North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Publication Year: 2015

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Social entrepreneur Kohl Gill founded LaborVoices in 2010 with the goal of using mobile phone technology to bring transparency to the global supply chain. The case describes the experiences and thought processes that led to Gill's business concept. It also provides information on labor conditions and supply chain dynamics in the textile and garment industry in southern India. At the end of the case, Gill is reviewing various business models and considering how to launch his social enterprise successfully.

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Warby Parker: ‘One-For-One’ Model in Eyewear

Author: Vasudha, M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2015

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The founders of Warby Parker created their own vertically integrated brand which sold glasses at $95 while simultaneously creating a ‘for-profit business’ that caused a huge positive impact. The company achieved this through its ‘buy-a-pair, give-a-pair program’. Experts wondered how Warby Parker would be able to sustain its success while retaining the brand’s integrity and the new innovations the company would come up with in the future.

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BlackRock: Diversity as a Driver for Success

Authors: Groysberg, Boris; Connolly, Katherine
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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In July 2014, the Global Executive Committee (GEC) for BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, held a two-day offsite to discuss the state of talent within the firm. The message from Fink at the July meeting was clear: The firm needed to do more. This message was also reinforced by the Board who wanted to see an increase in diversity in succession plans and leadership ranks. They needed to decide: What needed to be done next?

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The Vulnerability Economy: Zero-Days, Cybersecurity, and Public Policy (A, B)

Authors: Narayanamurti, Venkatesh; Ellis, Ryan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2015

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Zero-day vulnerabilities are key components of computer viruses, worms, and other forms of malware. Vendors and security firms seek these flaws in order to patch and fix insecure software and hardware. Increasingly, however, nation states and criminals purchase zero-days from independent security researchers in order to develop new destructive cyberweapons and capabilities. Managing the growing trade in zero-day vulnerabilities is a key challenge for policymakers and corporate leaders…

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CRESUS: Preventing Problem Debt and Over-Indebtedness through a High Social Impact Hybrid Model with La Banque Postale

Authors: Angot, Jacques; Plé, Loïc
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESEG School of Management
Publication Year: 2015

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The case aims to illustrate to what extent a Hybrid Value Chain (HVC) - a concept created by Ashoka (the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs) and detailed by Drayton and Budinich in a 2010 Harvard Business Review paper - answers both economic and social issues that neither non-profit nor for-profit organisations alone can solve…

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P-Cards

Author: Halfond, Jay A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Boston University
Publication Year: 2015

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Michael Cannon - a fictional dean at a major US university - learns that two of his employees might have been misusing their corporate credit card for personal purchases. This case provides students and faculty with a context to explore ethical decision-making within a complex organization, and to evaluate how a middle-manager - caught in the middle of his own judgment and that of others - tries to navigate his way through a delicate, risky, high profile situation.

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d.light Design: Marketing Channel Strategies in India

Authors: Coughlan, Anne; Neuwirth, Benjamin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kellogg School of Management
Publication Year: 2015

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This case looks at a new start-up company, d.light Design, as it was seeking to go to market in India with its solar-powered LED lamps in 2009. One of the key decisions Goldman and Tozun needed to make was whether d.light should focus on just one distribution channel in India, or multiple channels. The case thus combines an entrepreneurial problem with an emerging-market, or bottom-of-the-pyramid, channel design challenge.

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