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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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La Hacienda Musa

Modeling and Analysis for Environmental Sustainability

Author: Clemen, Robert T.
Product Type: Cases; Exercises
Source: Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Publication Year: 2009

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The question that faced Maria was how much, if any, of her 100 hectares should be dedicated to organic bananas. There were good reasons to go organic: top-quality organic produce would command a premium, and her isolated location would be ideal for growing organic bananas.

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As if the Future Mattered: Translating Social and Economic Theory into Human Behavior

(Problems of Information Example 2: Corporate Reporting)

Author: Goodwin, Neva
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University.

Published by University of Michigan Press
Publication Year: 1996

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There has never been a better time to explore the ways in which values relating to the future can be preserved and nurtured despite contemporary capitalism's tendency toward shortsighted selfishness...

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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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Sustainable Development, Sustainable Profit

Social Entrepreneurship can be a powerful tool for corporations to gain entry and build loyalty in developing markets

Authors: Mair, Johanna; Seelos, Christian
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: European Business Forum. Issue 20. Winter 2005
Publication Year: 2005

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No wonder managers are irritated. The promise of growth is already built into today's share prices, as a reminder of investors expectations of future cash flows. This poses a dilemma...

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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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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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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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Business Responses to Climate Change: Identifying Emergent Strategies

(Externalities Example 2: Climate Change)

Authors: Kolk, Ans; Pinske, Jonatan
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2005

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Companies face much uncertainty about the competitive effects of the recently adopted Kyoto Protocol on global climate change and the current and future regulations that may emerge from it...

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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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