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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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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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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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Olympus: When the Gods Came Tumbling Down

Authors: Ohlsson, Anne-Valerie; Berg, Michele Barnett
Product Type: Cases
Source: Singapore Management University
Publication Year: 2014

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In April 2011, Michael Woodford, a British national, was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Olympus. Within months of becoming President, Woodford discovered that Olympus had made some questionable acquisitions and paid large amounts of money for companies with few assets, and exorbitant advisory fees to non-substantive companies based in the Cayman Islands. It became clear to him that colleagues and respected Board members within the company had propagated and concealed this fraud. Woodford was distressed by the fact that these fraudulent dealings had cost Olympus shareholders more than a billion dollars.

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Hero or Traitor? Edward Snowden and the NSA Spying Program

Authors: Robichaud, Christopher; Winig, Laura
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2014

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The case examines Snowden's actions and motivations and asks students to consider the repercussions of whistleblowing/leaking on the general public, the U.S. government, the NSA and Snowden himself...

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Josh Hardy and the #SaveJosh Army: How Corporate Risk Escalates and Accelerates through Social Media

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

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On March 5, biotechnology company Chimerix refused to provide a potentially life-saving drug to 7-year old Josh Hardy who was battling cancer. Five days later, following a massive social media onslaught that captured national attention, the company relented. In this Closer Look, we dissect the powerful force of social media and examine its potential impact on corporate reputation.

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