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Finance and Social Responsibility in the Informal Economy: Institutional Voids, Globalization, and Microfinance Institutions

Authors: Liang, Hao; Marquis, Christopher; Sun, Sunny Li
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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We examine the heterogeneous effects of globalization on the interest rate setting by microfinance institutions (MFIs) around the world...

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Firestone and the Warlord

Authors: Miller, T. Christian; Jones, Jonathan
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: ProPublica
Publication Year: 2014

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This article details the relationship between the global Firestone corporation and the warlord Charles Taylor during the Liberian civil war. It also brings to light not only the ethical and other challenges multinational corporations can face, but also how corporations address issues of risk management and the cost of doing business in conflict zones.

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Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America’s Middle Skills

Authors: Burrowes, Jennifer; Young, Alexis; Restuccia, Dan; Fuller, Joseph; Raman, Manjari
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Accenture
Publication Year: 2014

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The underemployment of middle-class workers presents a serious challenge to America's economy if left unchecked. At the same time, employers in many industries and regions are facing worker shortages for jobs requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. Addressing this market failure is one key to rebooting the standard of living for American workers and the competitiveness of American firms...

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Bringing Your Stakeholders Together to Transform Your World

Author: Krawchuk, Fred
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: IESE-Insight Magazine
Publication Year: 2014

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In this article, Fred Krawchuk -- an IESE visiting professor and former U.S. Army Special Forces colonel -- draws on his on-the-ground experiences in Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the globe to present a practical framework to guide businesses in their collaborative endeavors...

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MAKERS: Women in Business Video Collection

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Product Type: Interviews; Multimedia
Source: MAKERS
Publication Year: 2014

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This collection of short videos makes up a fascinating library of women with diverse and instructive experiences in businesses from Apple to Xerox and beyond...

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Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life

Author: Friedman, Stewart D.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Year: 2014

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In Leading the Life You Want, Stewart Friedman discusses the challenges of integrating work and life, and provides in-depth looks at six high-profile individuals who have successfully balanced success in work and their personal lives...

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A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Authors: Kristof, Nicholas; WuDunn, Sheryl
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Knopf
Publication Year: 2014

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In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale: nothing less than a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place and a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with a donation of $5 or $5 million, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.

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Office Politics

Author: Woodman, Spencer
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Slate.com
Publication Year: 2014

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American employers as varied as Koch Industries and Campbell Soup work with BIPAC, or the Business-Industry Political Action Committee, to become “employee political education” machines...

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Follow the Money: Compensation, Risk, and the Financial Crisis

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Ormazabal, Gaizka; Tayan, Brian; Taylor, Daniel J.
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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Wall Street bankers had considerable incentive to take risk prior to the financial crisis of 2008. How well do boards understand the relation between compensation and risk?

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The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

Author: Taibbi, Matt
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Rolling Stone
Publication Year: 2014

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Alayne Fleischmann is a securities lawyer at the heart of one of the largest white-collar crime cases in U.S. history...

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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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Class Day 2014: Casey Gerald

Author: Gerald, Casey
Product Type: Multimedia; Speeches
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Casey Gerald (MBA 2014, co-founder and CEO of MBAs Across America) used his student address during Harvard Business School's Class Day ceremonies to call for a new approach to business...

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Responsibilities to Society: The Capitalist's Contract, Module Note

Author: Ramanna, Karthik
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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The note offers a unifying framework by organizing major contemporary societal challenges into four "tragedies of the commons" and by developing the notion of a "capitalist's contract" that can help students consider how they, as future business leaders, will respond to these tragedies...

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Employee Satisfaction, Labor Market Flexibility, and Stock Returns Around the World

Authors: Edmans, Alex; Li, Lucius; Zhang, Chendi
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
Publication Year: 2014

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We study the relationship between employee satisfaction and abnormal stock returns around the world, using lists of the “Best Companies to Work For” in 14 countries. We show that employee satisfaction is associated with positive abnormal returns in countries with high labor market flexibility, such as the U.S. and U.K., but not in countries with low labor market flexibility, such as Germany...

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Short-Shifted

Authors: Luce, Stephanie; Hammad, Sasha; Sipe, Darrah
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Retail Action Project
Publication Year: 2014

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Short-Shifted reports on the impact of unpredictable hours and scheduling on low-wage and frontline workers in the retail industry...

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The Environmental Outlook: Garbage in the World’s Oceans

Authors: Rehm, Diane; Moore, Charles; Wallace, Nancy; Roberts, Callum
Product Type: Interviews; Multimedia
Source: The Diane Rehm Show
Publication Year: 2014

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In this hour-long program, radio host Diane Rehm discusses ocean pollution and the impact of human garbage on marine habitats and life.

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Promoting the Rights of Every Child: The IKEA-UNICEF Partnership to Prevent and Combat Child Labor

Authors: Otto, Monica; Augelli, Liuba; Hirsch, Carina
Product Type: Cases
Source: SDA Bocconi
Publication Year: 2014

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Together, IKEA and UNICEF created a partnership aimed at the prevention and reduction of the exploitation of children working in Northern India, in particular in the carpet belt of Uttar Pradesh. The partnership represents a prime example of a public-private partnership for development, contributing to the achievement of one of the Millennium Development Goals: Child health...

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Teach For China and the Chinese Nonprofit Sector

Authors: Kirby, William C.; Zendell, Erica M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Teach For China adapted the model pioneered by Teach For America to meet the needs of the educationally under-resourced of rural China. Led by an American, could Teach For China reshape its international identity and become an enduring Chinese institution?

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Advanced Leadership Pathways: Gilberto Dimenstein Opens Connections in Brazil

Authors: Kanter, Rosabeth Moss; Naghirniac, Alexandre; Malone, Ai-Ling Jamila
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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In 2011, Gilberto Dimenstein, a well-known Brazilian journalist, created a new model that connected disparate resources to revitalize Sao Paulo. Catraca Livre enabled Sao Paulo's residents to utilize untapped resources by aggregating all of the available resources and disseminating the information through multiple avenues including a website, subways, restaurants, workplaces, and more. This case shows how Dimenstein spearheads his solution to improve his city and offers a model for revitalizing cities around the world.

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The Wal-Mart Affair – Where Implausible Deniability Is the Coin of the Realm

Author: Sethi, S. Prakash
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Corporate Governance, Vol. 14 Iss: 3, pp. 424–451
Publication Year: 2014

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The author uses Wal-Mart as a microcosm of corporate conduct which provides a prism through which to examine the exploitation of negative externalities, i.e. engaging in illegal and unethical behavior by using their bargaining power and market control these companies, pressure host countries to condone environmental degradation, violation of country laws in terms of wages, working conditions and operating in sweatshop-like conditions to maximize their profits at the expense of other factors of production, i.e. labor and resources.

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Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives

Author: Tindell, Kip
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Year: 2014

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Over the years, The Container Store has been lauded for its commitment to its employees and focus on its original concept and inventory mix as the formula for its success. But for Tindell, the goal never has been growth for growth's sake. Rather, it is to adhere to the company's values-based business philosophies, which center on an employee-first culture, superior customer service and strict merchandising.

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Debate: Does Income Inequality Impair The American Dream?

Authors: Gould, Elise; Hanauer, Nick; Conard, Edward; Winship, Scott; Donvan, John
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Publication Year: 2014

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In an event from Intelligence Squared U.S. called to debate the statement "Income Inequality Impairs The American Dream of Upward Mobility," two sides argue issues of income inequality and whether it is bad for access to opportunity and related resources like nutrition and education...

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The Risks of Income Inequality

Authors: Rehm, Diane; Warren, Elizabeth; Kleinbard, Edward; Winship, Scott; Baker, Dean
Product Type: Interviews; Multimedia
Source: The Diane Rehm Show
Publication Year: 2014

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In this hour-long discussion, radio host Diane Rehm talks with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Edward Kleinbard, Scott Winship and Dean Baker about the issue of income inequality, and ways to address it.

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Harnessing the Potential of a Nation’s Leftover Food

Author: Fitzgerald, Erin
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: National Geographic
Publication Year: 2014

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Hunger, pressures on the food production system, and the high cost of energy and other inputs are all problems made worse by the fact that an estimate 31 percent of food is thrown away...

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Enhancing Financial Stability by Improving Culture in the Financial Services Industry

Remarks at the Workshop on Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City

Author: Dudley, William C.
Product Type: Speeches
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Publication Year: 2014

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William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, discusses the importance of improving the culture of the financial services industry...

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Can CEO Pay Ever Be Reeled In?

Authors: Holmberg, Susan; Schmitt, Mark
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Atlantic
Publication Year: 2014

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Controversy over executive compensation has been an ongoing concern for more than a century. The issue has gained increasing attention as questions are raised about the purpose of business in the wake of the financial crisis and rising income inequality. The authors examine the state of executive compensation and review the impact of ideas such as performance pay and shareholder primacy on business and societal outcomes.

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The Role of Sustainability in Enterprise Risk Management

Authors: Lam, James; Quinn, Francis
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: GreenBiz.com
Publication Year: 2014

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This white paper discusses the benefits of incorporating environmental risk management and sustainability into an overall business strategy...

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What Fish Oil Pills Are Hiding

Authors: Schleifer, David; Fairbrother, Alison
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Issues in Science and Technology
Publication Year: 2014

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One woman’s quest to save the Chesapeake Bay from the dietary supplement industry...

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Redefining Capitalism

Authors: Beinhocker, Eric; Hanauer, Nick
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: McKinsey Quarterly
Publication Year: 2014

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Despite its ability to generate prosperity, capitalism is under attack. By shaking up our long-held assumptions about how and why the system works, we can improve it.

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Johnson & Johnson: The Pursuit of Wellness

Authors: Quelch, John A.; Knoop, Carin-Isabel
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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To create the world's healthiest workforce, diversified health care giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) mandated participation in its "Culture of Health" program globally, customized by location, culture, and specific health needs to offer prevention-focused education, rewards for healthy behavior, and workplace environments that encouraged healthy employee behavior...

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Sustainable Conservation

Authors: Siegelman, Russell; Rosenthal, Sara
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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With a clear track record and a strong team in place, both the board and management team felt that the organization was poised to have even greater impact by expanding its projects and reach across California. Yet, it would clearly need a major influx of capital to execute upon that vision. The teaching objective of the case is to help students understand all the factors that comprise a nonprofit's marketing efforts, with the goal of helping them understand the various tactical and strategic issues they must consider.

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Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

Author: Jacoby, Tamar
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Atlantic
Publication Year: 2014

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America rarely uses an apprenticeship model to teach young people a trade. Could such a system help the unemployed?

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Contracting from East to West: Bridging the Cultural Divide

Author: Richards, Eric L.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2014

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When contracting in a global environment, basic cultural differences increase the risk of misunderstandings. For U.S. and Chinese businesses to better understand how to successfully negotiate and carry out contractual relations with one another, they must recognize the differences in core cultural values between the two countries and develop strategies for reconciling these differences.

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SABMiller plc: Sustainable Growth Strategies

Author: Thadamalla, Joel Sarosh
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2014

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SABMiller had come to realise that its success was linked to the communities where it operated and decided to respond to the changing needs of the society. However, analysts were wondering whether SABMiller's sustainable development initiatives would pay-off in the long-run to develop new revenue opportunities as envisaged by the management.

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The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever

Author: Rich, Nathaniel
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times Magazine
Publication Year: 2014

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A quixotic historian tries to hold oil and gas companies responsible for Louisiana’s disappearing coast...

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Closing the Skills Gap: Companies and Colleges Collaborating for Change

Author: Labi, Aisha
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit
Publication Year: 2014

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This report by The Economist Intelligence Unit discusses the role of higher education in the labor market. Based on a survey of 343 U.S. executives, it asks how industry and education can collaborate to address the current skills gap.

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The Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation

Authors: Hall, Brian J.; Chadbourne, Aaron; Kagzi, Vibha; Kelleher, Caren
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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The protagonist is Kenneth Feinberg, who is appointed as Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation and who has the challenging task of negotiating compensation amidst all of the many competing interests...

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Chez Panisse: Building an Open Innovation Ecosystem

Authors: Chesbrough, Henry; Kim, Sohyeong; Agogino, Alice
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2014

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Throughout Chez Panisse's history, Waters and her team had built a local and now global ecosystem using an "open innovation" strategy with stakeholders such as suppliers, alumni chef and staff, food writers, and others...

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New Case Examples of Shared Value in Action

Author: Porter, Michael E.
Product Type: Cases; Web Sites
Source: Shared Value Initiative
Publication Year: 2014

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As part of efforts to explore the impact of shared value, Michael Porter introduces the Shared Value Initiative's collection of cases from a variety of shared value consultants...

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Where Markets Lead, Will Justice Follow?

Authors: Walker, Darren; Offenheiser, Raymond; Tauli-Corpuz, Victoria; Samuelson, Judith; Scharmer, Otto; Blank, Rebecca; Joshi, Rajiv; Crawford, Susan; Shiller, Robert J.
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers; Web Sites
Source: Ford Foundation
Publication Year: 2014

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In this Ford Forum, the Ford Foundation asked eight change makers to weigh in on the issue of markets, leadership, and justice. The answers they found were both surprising and inspiring...

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What Employers Should Learn from Wal-Mart’s Dress Code Controversy

Author: Weinstein, Deborah
Product Type: Multimedia
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2014

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Wal-Mart's decision to require a new dress code at the workers' expense caused outrage from labor unions. It will also serve as a test case for other companies considering similar actions.

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Rio Tinto and Mining in Mongolia: The Oyu Tolgoi Deposit

Authors: Werker, Eric; Batbold, Battushig; Kennedy, Kelsey; McComish, Zanna; Savla, Shaloo; Shomair, Nicole
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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In 2013, Rio Tinto was expected to begin commercial shipments from Oyu Tolgoi, a copper and gold mine in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. But the terms of the deal were being threatened by elections in Mongolian and a change in voter sentiment towards the project...

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How Penn State Turned a Crisis Into a Disaster: An Interview With Crisis Management Pioneer Steven Fink

Author: Ketchen, David, Jr.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Horizons
Publication Year: 2014

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In this organizational performance article, Penn State alumnus Steven Fink-dubbed the 'Dean of Crisis Management' for his pioneering work in the field-discusses how Penn State's board of trustees mishandled the Jerry Sandusky scandal...

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Claws in the Dirt

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Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Economist
Publication Year: 2014

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The adoption of the Clean Air Act in 1970 spurred a wave of anti-regulation reaction from leaders in power, mining and automotive industries. The economic and scientific arguments they made against passing the law were wrong.

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Thought Leader Interview: Paul Osterman

Authors: Christensen, Karen; Osterman, Paul
Product Type: Interviews; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
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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Unilever's 'Project Sunlight': Moulding a Sustainable Business Model?

Author: John, Doris Rajakumari
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2014

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In November 2013, Unilever launched 'Project Sunlight', a social movement, which encouraged its consumers to 'SEE' an online film aimed to inspire and motivate people and 'ACT' by doing small things which would impact the society and environment better and 'JOIN' the Project Sunlight movement. While many criticised the video, which was aimed at parents-to-be, many others pointed to some allegations that dogged the company relating to some of its unsustainable practices and questioned the company's double stand.

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Supply Chain Screening Without Certification: The Critical Role of Stakeholder Pressure

Authors: Kayser, Susan A.; Maxwell, John W.; Toffel, Michael W.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Using a sample of over 2,000 firms around the world, the authors ask whether stakeholder scrutiny deters companies from participating in voluntary (and potentially misleading) supply chain reporting programs.

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Rotten Apples and Sterling Examples: Moral Reasoning and Peer Influences on Honesty in Managerial Reporting

Authors: Huddart, Steven J.; Qu, Hong
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Pennsylvania State University
Publication Year: 2014

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We propose that idiosyncratic benefits from adhering to social norms explain the heterogeneity in honesty documented in many situations where misrepresentation yields a financial benefit. Further, information about the honesty of one's peers modifies the descriptive norm and hence, one's own honesty.

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Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders

Author: Kinsley, Michael
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Simon & Schuster
Publication Year: 2009

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Creative Capitalism is not just a book for philanthropists. It's a book that challenges the conventional wisdom about our economic system, a road map for the new global economy that is emerging as capitalism adapts itself once again to a changing world.

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The Origins of Business Ethics in American Universities, 1902-1936

Author: Abend, Gabriel
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Business Ethics Quarterly
Publication Year: 2013

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The history of the field of business ethics in the U.S. remains understudied and misunderstood. In this article I begin to remedy this oversight about the past, and I suggest how it can be beneficial in the present.

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