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Greyston Bakery: Teaching Note

Author: Leipziger, Deborah
Product Type: Notes
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2013

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This Teaching Note is designed to be used with the case Greyston Bakery.

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In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

Author: Berliner, Uri
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Multimedia
Source: NPR
Publication Year: 2014

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While apprenticeship programs have been on the decline in most of the U.S., South Carolina is working to change that trend...

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Thought Leader Interview: Paul Osterman

Authors: Christensen, Karen; Osterman, Paul
Product Type: Interviews
Source: Rotman School of Management
Publication Year: 2014

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Labor market expert Paul Osterman discusses inequality and how business how leaders must address the realities of the changing workforce and build a strategy for moving forward.

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Doing Well by Doing Good: A Leader’s Guide

Authors: Brainerd, Mary; Campbell, Jim; Davis, Richard
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2013

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Addressing community problems increasingly requires cooperation among the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Here, three executives explain how a civic alliance in America’s Minneapolis–Saint Paul region may point toward an operating model.

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Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

Authors: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Low Income Investment Fund
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Publication Year: 2012

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This book focuses on addressing poverty through entrepreneurial solutions from experts in community and economic development, academia, government policy, health, and philanthropy...

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Applied “Womenomics”

Author: Binns, Corey
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2014

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How Goldman Sachs deployed a far-reaching, data-driven strategy to further the cause of women's entrepreneurship...

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Green Growth in Cities

Author: OECD
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: OECD Publishing
Publication Year: 2013

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Green Growth in Cities identifies urban activities to reduce environmental impact that are most likely to contribute to the policy priorities of job creation, urban attractiveness, metro-regional supply of green products and services, and increased urban land values.

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The Business Case for Racial Equity

Authors: Turner, Ani; Acevedo-Garcia, Dolores; Gaskin, Darrell; LaVeist, Thomas; Williams, David R.; Segal, Laura; Miller, George
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Altarum Institute; W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Publication Year: 2013

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Striving for racial equity – a world where race is no longer a factor in the distribution of opportunity – is a matter of social justice. But moving toward racial equity can generate significant economic returns as well...

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Arab Women Rising

Authors: Syeed, Nafeesa; Zafar, Rahilla
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2014

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In Arab Women Rising, Knowledge@Wharton contributors Nafeesa Syeed and Rahilla Zafar share the entrepreneurial journeys of 35 women, from a flower farmer tending her fields in the Tunisian countryside to a Saudi royal advocating for expanded women's rights throughout the kingdom.

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The End of Illth: In Search of an Economy That Won't Kill Us

Author: Reece, Erik
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harper’s Magazine
Publication Year: 2013

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In the wake of the 2010 Massey mining disaster in West Virginia, the author asks whether employee ownership could improve workplace safety, and how such cooperatives might serve as a model for an alternative form of capitalism based on the sustainable use of natural and human resources.

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Coca-Cola India's Win-Win Growth Strategies: Empowering Women through ‘Parivartan’

Author: Shah, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2013

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In 2010, in order to make its business operations more sustainable, The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC), the world’s largest non-alcoholic beverage company, pursued ‘5by20 - Women Economic Empowerment Initiative’ across the market it operated. Under that, in late 2007, Coca-Cola India started ‘Parivartan Retail Training Programme’ (Parivartan) for rural retailers to impart skills, tools, and techniques to adjust them to the changing retail landscape in India...

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Don't Just Dump It!: Saving Sandy Pond

Authors: Sexty, Robert W.; Slawinski, Natalie; Baker, Kristen C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Publication Year: 2013

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In July 2009, Vale NL began building a $2.17 billion nickel refinery in Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador. The refinery would bring economic prosperity by creating 1,600-2,000 jobs during construction and 400-500 permanent jobs in an area of high unemployment. A major environmental issue was the disposal of tailings from the refinery, and the approved solution was to store them in a natural lake known as Sandy Pond. Members of several environmental NGOs had opposed the use of the lake as a "tailings impoundment area" and formed the Sandy Pond Alliance for the Protection of Canadian Waters...

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Doing Good and Doing Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Author: Agnihotri, Arpita
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2013

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With the aid of mini cases, this article explains that there is indeed a fortune to be made at the base of the pyramid but that good fortune can be created for both corporations and poor people if the population at the bottom of the pyramid is treated as suppliers, producers, co-owners, and/or employees rather than as mere consumers...

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Greyston Bakery: Combatting Poverty by Making a Profit

Author: Leipziger, Deborah
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2013

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Mike Brady entered the doors of the Greyston factory, the rich smell of chocolate filling the air around him. Brady has only recently become CEO of Greyston, New York’s first Benefit Corporation. His dilemma is how to promote growth to support the company’s social and environmental mission.

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Chinese State-Owned Enterprises In Africa: Myths And Realities

Authors: Chintu, Namukale; Williamson, Peter J.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business Journal
Publication Year: 2013

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Chinese state-owned enterprises are often depicted as the new colonials in Africa, rapacious exploiters who lack transparency and good corporate citizenship. But the reality is rather different.

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Poverty and Inequality: Persistent Challenges and New Solutions

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Publication Year: 2013

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This report, produced by the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, examines the changing patterns of poverty and inequality as well as potential solutions.

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Husk Power Systems: Lighting up the Indian Rural Lives

Authors: Agarwal, Manish; Satish, D.
Product Type: Cases
Source: IBS Hyderabad
Publication Year: 2013

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Even in 2012, lack of electricity is a major issue in the Indian hinterlands. Many remote villages were not electrified and even those that were, have power supply for just a few hours in a month. This problem was acute in the state of Bihar in North India. Gyanesh Pandey, who grew up in Bihar experiencing the shortage of electricity, came up with a unique model to generate and distribute power to the poor who lived in the remote parts of India by using an indigenously developed modified gasifier system that runs on rice husk. The enterprise, Husk Power Systems (HPS), won many awards for its innovative business plan, social entrepreneurship, and for producing clean energy.

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Digital Opportunity Trust's Business Model for Social Enterprise Work

Authors: Jamali, Dima; Azad, Bijan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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A social enterprise organization, whose mission is to battle poverty and gender discrimination through providing access to technology, is faced with the prospect of losing some or all of its government funding in a time of global recession. The organization’s striking success has been driven by its innovativeness and, more particularly, its noticeable efforts to reconcile the corporate and non-profit aspects of doing business, along with the challenges that come with it, without compromising the quality of the social enterprise brand that it is bringing forward.

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Jobs and Social Innovation

Author: Kanter, Rosabeth Moss
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2013

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Opportunity has become one of the most perplexing questions of our times. Job creation is an imperative, and it calls for innovation in social institutions.

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Political Risk in the Kaesong Industrial Complex

Authors: Rice, Condoleezza; Zegart, Amy; McMurdo, Torey L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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The Kaesong Industrial Complex is a 1.25-square-mile industrial park six miles north of the Demilitarized Zone in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. This case reviews the political and economic risks and opportunities of entering Kaesong through the lens of Bright Ray Apparel, a hypothetical South Korean textile manufacturing firm.

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How Manu Chandaria Mastered the African Market

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Interviews
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2013

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In an interview with Knowledge@Wharton conducted by Ivorian entrepreneur and author Eric Kacou, Kenyan business tycoon Manu Chandaria reveals some of his secrets to business success in Africa. Chandaria discusses how other businesses and entrepreneurs can follow his lead and pursue socially responsible practices that benefit the communities in which they work.

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Made in America: Fashion’s Fight to Save the Garment District

Author: Skarda, Erin
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: TIME
Publication Year: 2013

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It’s a myth that no one makes anything in America anymore. The heart of the U.S. fashion industry is still beating in midtown Manhattan, where a stretch of factories, warehouses, showrooms and design studios between 35th and 40th Streets and 8th and 9th Avenues are responsible for creating much of the American-designed and manufactured clothing and accessories...

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Managing Local Political Risk: Parking the Tata Nano (A, B, C)

Authors: Jha, Saumitra; Schifrin, Debra
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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In 2006, Indian car maker Tata Motors was embarking on a new venture--building the world’s cheapest car, the $2,000 Nano. Tata Motors would be making a fixed investment of over $300 million in a manufacturing plant to build the four-door, rear engine car, and the company was weighing its options about where in India to locate the facility...

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REDF Box Set — Social Purpose Enterprises and Venture Philanthropy in the New Millennium

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Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: REDF
Publication Year: 1999

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REDF and its Portfolio members produced this three volume set to answer questions about practitioner perspectives, investor perspectives, and practitioner profiles.

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Rethinking Political Activity at Target

Authors: Richter, Brian; George, Anisha
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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The focus of the case is on understanding firms’ campaign contributions and lobbying strategies — and their limits. The case centers on controversy facing Target Corporation in 2010...

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Coca-Cola FEMSA's Contribution to Peace

Authors: Gonzalez, Rosa Amelia; Layrisse, Francisco; Lozano, Gerardo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Social Enterprise Knowledge Network
Publication Year: 2012

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In 2003, the FEMSA Corporation – a Mexican company – acquired 100% of the shares of the largest franchise of the Coca-Cola system in Latin America, and placed itself at the lead of the sales of carbonated beverages and other soft drinks in different countries of South America, including Colombia, which had been struggling with armed groups since the 1970s. This case explores how Coca-Cola FEMSA included different initiatives in its sustainability strategy, aimed at supporting the process of peaceful demobilization...

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The Aquaculture Industry in the Philippines: Creating Social Values at Marina Gana Vida

Authors: Farhoomand, Ali F.; Wong, Shiu Kau
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2012

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The main social objective of MGV was to help the poor living in the area through job or business opportunities so that some day they could lift their households out of poverty. Nobleza faced conflicting goals as he tried to scale up MGV's production. Should he replace the women workers with machines that could produce more jars of processed fish products per day? What could he do to balance his philanthropic and business goals in a social enterprise such as MGV?

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Homeboy Industries Reboots the Lives of Tattooed Former Gangbangers, and Even One CEO

Author: McGray, Douglas
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Fast Company
Publication Year: 2012

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Homeboy Industries, the passion project of an L.A. priest, has brought life reboots to hundreds of former criminals, including onetime gang members and the fallen CEO of mega-construction company KB Home.

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Reimagining Capitalism

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Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Nation
Publication Year: 2011

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This special edition of The Nation brings together a wide range of articles on new ways to shape capitalism, and to work on economic recovery.

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India 2012: The Challenges of Governance

Authors: Iyer, Lakshmi; Vietor, Richard H.K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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In January 2012, the government of India faced significant challenges... Policy reforms were hampered by several recent corruption scandals, widespread citizen protests against corruption, and disagreements with coalition partners. Could India make the right decisions needed to lift hundreds of millions of citizens out of poverty?

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Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All: Opportunities and Challenges for Overcoming Poverty and Inequality

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Poverty-Environment Partnership
Publication Year: 2012

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Examples of the green economy in practice show great potential for delivering a “triple bottom line” of job–creating economic growth coupled with environmental protection and social inclusion. However, there are significant barriers to realizing this potential on a large scale. To build an inclusive green economy that is equitable and sustainable will require carefully designed policies and targeted investments that enable low and middle-income countries and the poor to contribute to and benefit from the transition...

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A Jobs Compact for America's Future

Author: Kochan, Thomas A.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2012

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The U.S. is stuck in the worst economic, political, and social crisis since the Great Depression. Without a well-trained, well-paid, continuously improving workforce the United States cannot compete with other nations effectively—and won’t be able to sustain high and rising living standards. But this downward slide is not inevitable. We can reverse the trend by identifying the roots of the crisis and focusing together on our national interests.

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2012 Best of Sustainable Supply: McDonald's

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: AboutMcDonalds.com
Publication Year: 2012

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This report includes fifty-one mini case studies highlighting sustainable best practices in the global McDonald’s supply chain...

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The 2012 Election Cycle: An Embarrassing Circus, Perhaps, but a Great Opportunity for Employee Ownership, for Sure

Author: Mathews, Anthony
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2012

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It is time to make the case that employee ownership is a solution to a lot of what is wrong with our country, and we need to continue to promote the concept until we have 30,000 or 40,000 employee-owned companies rather than the static 10,000 we have had for the last decade or more. If we can do that, we will have put a large part of the country on a much stronger footing, and moved toward solving some fundamental economic and social problems...

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Samasource: Give Work, Not Aid

Authors: Gino, Francesca; Staats, Bradley R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Different from traditional business process outsourcing companies, Samasource relied on a marginalized population of workers to execute the work. The case explores how the company can grow its capability to help individuals around the globe through the provision of digital work.

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Community Values and Land Use Decisions

Author: Nadler, Judy
Product Type: Cases
Source: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2011

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The town of Weldon is roiled by controversy over the opening of a new "Vegas-style" restaurant featuring scantily dressed waitresses, in this fictionalized case study by Center Senior Fellow in government Ethics Judy Nadler. How should the city decide whether to let the restaurant move in?

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Re-THINK-ing THINK: The Electric Car Company

Authors: Lassiter, Joseph B.; Kiron, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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A proven automotive industry executive, but a first-time entrepreneur, Canny was CEO of Think Global AS (THINK), a privately held Norwegian maker of battery-operated electric vehicles (EVs) that were rechargeable through residential electrical power outlets. With this announcement, Canny was committing the company to support the broad North American launch of its line of EVs, among the very first commercially available, highway-approved safe cars in the world that produced zero greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions.

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2b Design: A Creative Social Business in Lebanon

Authors: Jamali, Dima; Tarazi, Alexandra
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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2b Design’s mission was eloquently articulated as to “restore the unseen beauty of the broken.” By the broken, it referred to the Middle East’s disappearing traditional heritage and to those people whose socioeconomic status or disabilities hindered them from leading a decent life.

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Hassina Sherjan

Authors: Eccles, Robert G.; Serafeim, George; Eccles, Philippa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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A trip back to Afghanistan inspired Hassina Sherjan to educate young women through a non-profit organization and to start a for-profit company to create jobs, especially for women, based on traditional Afghani designs and using only locally grown cotton. In order to grow Boumi, Sherjan must confront a number of challenges...

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Next Street, LLC

Authors: Ruback, Richard S.; Yudkoff, Royce
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Next Street was a for-profit business that aimed to increase the growth, profitability and success of its client companies, thereby enhancing economic development, wealth and job creation in the inner city.

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Authors: Kristof, Nicholas; WuDunn, Sheryl
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Vintage
Publication Year: 2010

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Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Kristof and WuDunn show that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.

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Subsidies: Rationales and Trade and Investment Distortions

Authors: Conklin, David W.; Cadieux, Danielle
Product Type: Notes
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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Subsidies now play a key role in business location decisions, and impact their international competitiveness. Foreign-based corporations may regard these lower prices as unfair competition in international trade. Nevertheless, subsidies are implemented to pursue certain social objectives, and so an intergovernmental pact that limits subsidies may diminish, rather that improve, the well-being of signatories.

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Partnership for Lebanon and Cisco Systems: Promoting Development in a Post-war Context

Author: Jamali, Dima
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The Partnership for Lebanon (PFL), a major partnering initiative in a post war context, was initiated in September 2006 after President George W. Bush called for the assistance of U.S. companies to help in the relief and reconstruction efforts in Lebanon after the 2006 war. The five companies involved were Cisco Systems, Intel Corporation, Ghafari Inc., Occidental Petroleum and Microsoft. They leveraged their core competence under five main work streams namely emergency relief/response, job creation/private sector revival, developing ICT infrastructure, workforce training/education and developing connected communities.

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Search of the Week Archive

Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Product Type:
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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CasePlace.org’s Searches of the Week.

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A City's Desert: No Apples in the Big Apple? (A, B)

Authors: Jones, Jamie; Rowland, Jennifer
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kellogg School of Management
Publication Year: 2011

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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Physical Activity and Nutrition Program needed to come up with an innovative solution to the many health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease that plagued residents of poorer areas in the city, while increasing economic opportunity for neighborhood residents.

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Low-Wage / Frontline Workers Teaching Materials Portal

Author: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2011

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This collection is part of our business faculty network on Low-Wage / Frontline Workers. It is designed to provide a repository of teaching materials that incorporate issues of low-wage workers into a business’s core decision-making process.

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Gone Rural

Author: Perold, Andre F.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Gone Rural employs 750 women in rural communities across Swaziland to produce handwoven baskets and other hand-crafted items. The company has a strong social mission to improve the economic situation of these women and wants to grow rapidly. Allows students to discuss whether and how for-profit and social objectives can co-exist.

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How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution

Author: Isenberg, Daniel J.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2010

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Studies from around the globe consistently link entrepreneurship with rapid job creation, GDP growth, and long-term productivity increases. That's why the new holy grail for governments in both emerging and developed countries is to create an environment that nurtures and sustains entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, many governments take a misguided approach to building entrepreneurship ecosystems.

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Pepsi-BASIX Partnership

Authors: Bajaj, Gita; Bhullar, Neelu
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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BASIX was a microfinance company with livelihood promotion as its key agenda. In 2005, PepsiCo entered an agreement with BASIX for promoting contract farming of potatoes in Jharkhand. The collaboration was successful in the first year and the project witnessed a very high growth in the second year. The second year results, however, were not as encouraging as the first year. The case is poised at this juncture...

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Danimal in South Africa: Management Innovation at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Authors: Hawarden, Verity; Barnard, Helena
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

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The case focuses on management innovation in the South African dairy industry, describing how an innovative new yoghurt product, Danimal, was created specifically for the market at the base of the pyramid. It explains how management of the product line embodied the various innovation opportunities and challenges presented.

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