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How to choose between growth and ROIC

Investors reward high-performing companies that shift their strategic focus prudently, even if that means lower returns or slower growth.

Authors: Jiang, Bin; Koller, Timothy
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2007

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One key to creating value is understanding how to manage the subtle balance between growth and returns on invested capital. Empirical evidence suggests that companies enjoying strong ROIC can afford to let it decline over the short term to pursue growth—and that companies with low returns are better off improving ROIC than emphasizing growth...

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Manila Water Company

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Wheeler, David; Comeault, Jane
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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This case discusses the post-privatization performance of the Manila Water Company in Manila, and the positive effects their emphasis on good corporate governance and sustainable development had on the city's residents, many of whom live in poverty.

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Shark Harvesting and Resource Conservation (S.H.A.R.C.)

Authors: Wade-Benzoni, Kimberly A.; Tenbrunsel, Ann E.; Bazerman, Max H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: The World Resources Institute
Publication Year: 1994

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SHARC is a multi-party exercise in which each participant represents an organization that relies on shark fishing for income...

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LAFARGE S.A.

Authors: Laszlo, Chris; Myers, Meredith
Product Type: Cases
Source: Institute for Sustainable Value in Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Lafarge, a French-based global industry leader in building materials, has current sales of 20 billion USD and a workforce of 80,000 people worldwide. The main environmental issues for this company are energy efficiency, CO2 emissions...

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Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line

A Case Study of Whole Foods Market

Authors: Dalby, Kaarsten Turner; Palmer, Todd; Potts, Kevin; Sullivan, Denny; Eager, Claire
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
Publication Year: 2006

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Whole Foods Markets (WF) owns and operates the largest chain of natural food stores in the United States. Already an internationally-recognized brand synonymous with organic and natural foods, the chain prides itself on its commitment to sustainable agriculture, wise environmental practices and community involvement.

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John Mackey and Whole Foods Market

Authors: Koehn, Nancy F.; Miller, Katherine
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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This case discusses the rapidly growing business of organic foods, analyzes entrepreneurial agency in the context of a young market, and examines the role of social as well as organizational leadership in the 21st century.

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Chronos

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Product Type: Exercises; Web Sites
Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development and University of Cambridge Programme for Industry 2003-2004
Publication Year: 2003

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Chronos is an exciting new e-learning tutorial on the business case for sustainable development...

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E+Co & Tecnosol, Nicaragua

Authors: Baron, Scott; Weinmann, George; Prahalad, C.K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Michigan Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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In Nicaragua, where nearly fifty percent of the population is “off the grid,” E+Co's investment in solar energy provider Tecnosol means people can have refrigeration, lights, running water, and jobs.

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Selectpower - Green Energy in Ontario

Authors: Klassen, Robert; Merchant, Arif
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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Limited resources were forcing Selectpower's CEO to make some tough decisions about two important investment opportunities: its growing wind-derived electricity business; or the nascent geothermal business. Both options offered clear environmental benefits to customers, although the strategic value and immediate financial return to green energy retailer were less clear.

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Catamount Energy and the Glebe Mountain Wind Farm – Clean Energy versus NIMBY

Author: Letovsky, Robert
Product Type: Cases
Source: St. Michaels College
Publication Year: 2005

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The case presents the arguments both for and against wind generated electricity, or turbine wind farms. This debate is taking place as the state of Vermont considers placement of a wind turbine farm in the mountains of the state.

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