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The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession

Author: Paulson, Henry M., Jr.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2014

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In this opinion piece, Henry Paulson, Jr. discusses the dangers of ignoring climate change. Outlining the risks to both the economy and the environment, he calls for immediate action, saying that "we must not lose sight of the profound economic risks of doing nothing."

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The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

Authors: Hoffman, Reid; Casnocha, Ben; Yeh, Chris
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Year: 2014

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The employer-employee relationship is broken, and managers face a seemingly impossible dilemma: the old model of guaranteed long-term employment no longer works in a business environment defined by continuous change, but neither does a system in which every employee acts like a free agent. The solution? Stop thinking of employees as either family or as free agents. Think of them instead as allies.

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The Great Transformation

Author: Straub, Richard
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: EFMD – The European Foundation for Management Development
Publication Year: 2014

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Richard Straub discusses the coming changes in society, and why managers will be of pivotal importance for shaping the future.

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The Inside Story of How Greenpeace Built a Corporate Spanking Machine to Turn the Fortune 500 into Climate Heroes

Author: Gell, Aaron
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Business Insider
Publication Year: 2014

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How a group of activists are finding success, convincing some of the world's biggest corporations to rethink unsustainable approaches to rain forests, overfishing, and fossil fuels.

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.: Taking on Seasonal Starvation in Latin America

Authors: Marquis, Christopher; Yang, Zoe
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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A company with a strong commitment toward corporate social responsibility since its founding days, Green Mountain faced an ethical decision point in 2007 as new information from the field uncovered a chronic dire problem facing coffee communities-seasonal starvation...

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Safe Water Network in India

Authors: Sondhi, Neena; Singhvi, Sajjan Raj
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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Safe Water Network, a charity initiative focused on providing underserved populations with clean drinking water, established its first site in the village of Nizampally, India. Safe Water Network’s directors hoped to scale up and sustain the adoption of the Safe Water project...

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NPI in China: Organizing for Social Good

Authors: Branzei, Oana; Hu, Yanfei
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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NPI is a Shanghai-based social venture that actively promotes social innovation and cultivates social entrepreneurs by granting crucial support to start-up and small- to medium-sized grassroots non-profit and non-governmental organizations. The founder is faced with devising a three-year strategic transformation of NPI at a critical tipping point for social enterprise in China.

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The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

Author: Gore, Al
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Year: 2013

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From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come...

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Trafficked Into Slavery on Thai Trawlers to Catch Food for Prawns

Authors: Hodal, Kate; Kelly, Chris
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Guardian
Publication Year: 2014

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This investigative report delves into the underworld of forced labor in the Thai fishing industry...

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Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies

Authors: Conway, Maureen; Giloth, Robert P.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: The Aspen Institute
Publication Year: 2014

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Maureen Conway and Robert P. Giloth deliver a robust volume featuring perspectives from prominent nonprofit and philanthropy leaders, academics and researchers to capture how sector-based workforce development, in industries ranging from health to construction, has evolved over 30 years — and how it can continue to grow and inform future investments and policy decisions. The book offers lessons for policymakers, philanthropic investors, researchers and local leaders interested in policies and practices that support strong businesses while helping struggling Americans connect to good jobs.

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Tax Havens

Authors: Werker, Eric; Berardi, Sebastian; Elia, Stelios; Muakkassa, Omar; Zumberge, James
Product Type: Notes
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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This note describes the use of tax havens, the implications for the financial sector in tax havens, as well as the debate around the effect of tax havens on welfare in other jurisdictions…

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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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The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits

Author: Ton, Zeynep
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: New Harvest
Publication Year: 2014

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Almost one in four American working adults has a job that pays less than a living wage. Conventional wisdom says that’s how the world has to work. Drawing on more than a decade of research, Ton shows how operational excellence enables companies to offer the lowest prices to customers while ensuring good jobs for their employees and superior results for their investors.

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Car2go: Individual Urban Mobility and the Sharing Economy

Authors: Alenushkin, Dmitry; Schotter, Andreas
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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Set in 2013, this case describes the expansion of car2go, a popular car sharing service developed by Daimler AG. The case addresses the changing commuting preferences among urban residents, the evolution of urban transportation and new service developments in the automotive products market…

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Creating the Future American Workforce: Investments and Innovation in Human Capital

Author: Cappelli, Gregory W.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Apollo Education Group
Publication Year: 2014

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This is a critical time for innovation and investment in human capital, particularly given the leveling off of American educational attainment, a trend which started in the 1980s, that has left the current U.S. workforce short more than 100 million years of education. Practically speaking, it is CEOs who will need to rise to the occasion and take the actions needed to close the skills gap and build a globally competitive workforce...

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Teaching Behavioral Ethics

Author: Prentice, Robert A.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: University of Texas at Austin
Publication Year: 2014

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Teaching ethics is challenging and a teacher needs as many arrows in the quiver as possible. This article explains one approach to teaching behavioral ethics, a new and promising way of thinking about and teaching ethics...

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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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The Benefits of Outside Directors in ESOP Companies

Author: Ryan, Paige A.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2014

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Selling a business to an ESOP often requires significant changes to the company's governance structure. If your board of directors has consisted solely of family members, or close friends, you may not welcome this change, but outside directors can help you run the business more judiciously and effectively...

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ESOP Governance Collaborators: The Board of Directors

Author: Mathews, Anthony
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Beyster Institute
Publication Year: 2014

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Many closely held company boards only meet in the virtual world of corporate counsel's template minutes and perform their important functions without much more thought than what is required to make a signature. In ESOP-owned companies (or any structure that provides for broad ownership among employees of the company) the landscape changes, and the independent role of the board of directors as well as its oversight function become significantly more important.

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The Ivey Interview: Steinthór Pálsson

Author: Watson, Thomas
Product Type: Interviews; Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business journal
Publication Year: 2014

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Few business leaders will ever confront the challenge that Landsbankinn CEO Steinthór Pálsson faced in mid-2010, when he left a senior position with pharmaceutical company Actavis and signed on to build a bank worthy of respect out of the ashes of Iceland’s oldest full-service financial institution.

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Why You Hate Work

Authors: Schwartz, Tony; Porath, Christine
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2014

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The way we’re working isn’t working. To increase employee engagement, innovation and the company's competitive advantage, leaders should encourage employees to build a better work/life balance...

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The Mike and Vicky Case (A, B)

Authors: Falcao, Horacio; Kerr, Emily; Ladd, Martina
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2014

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A two-party negotiation between a successful female manager in the private banking industry and her male boss about her bonus, her performance, and her potential for promotion competing against a male colleague, laden with gender issues.

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Bayer in India: Intellectual Property Expropriation?

Authors: Bican, Peter M.; Truong, Quynh Nhu
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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Bayer Group needed to reassess its strategies regarding intellectual property, as well as its emphasis on research and development. If ideas and inventions could not be protected, was there any incentive for firms to innovate?

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Building Community at Terra Nova Consulting

Authors: Ogata, Ken; Spraakman, Gary
Product Type: Cases
Source: North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Publication Year: 2014

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This case describes the challenges faced by the president of an engineering and environmental services consulting firm (Terra Nova Consulting) as it seeks to address deep internal cultural divisions...

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James Doty’s Helper’s High

Author: Tsui, Bonnie
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Nautilus
Publication Year: 2014

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He gave away his last $30 million and felt free—a case study in altruism...

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The Science Behind Compassion

Author: Doty, James
Product Type: Multimedia; Speeches
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business, Center for Social Innovation
Publication Year: 2014

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Dr. James Doty criticizes Silicon Valley’s reluctance to attribute success to support and goodwill in favor of personal genius. He argues for the necessity of altruism and funding for both societal and individual benefit...

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Deloitte Consulting GTA: The Deloitte Dads Initiative

Authors: Konrad, Alison; Shuh, Amy
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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Deloitte Dads is a firm-sponsored diversity and inclusion initiative aimed at supporting working fathers within Deloitte (Canada) LLP, an independent member of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited global network. With support from senior management, Deloitte Dads was founded in 2010 by a junior consultant in the management consulting division in the company’s Greater Toronto Area office and quickly gained both members and media attention...

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A Cat Burglar in the House

Author: Robberson, Tod
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Dallas Morning News
Publication Year: 2014

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A Texas business and self-described “real estate catburglar” used adverse possession to lay claim to homes without the owners' knowledge, then sold them off to unsuspecting clients...

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Learning By Thinking: How Reflection Improves Performance

Authors: Di Stefano, Giada; Gino, Francesca; Pisano, Gary P.; Staats, Bradley R.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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In this paper, we propose that one of the critical components of learning is reflection, or the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience. We find a performance differential when comparing learning-by-doing alone to learning-by-doing coupled with reflection...

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Women MBAs at Harvard Business School: 1962-2012

Authors: Groysberg, Boris; Herman, Kerry; Lobb, Annelena
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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The 50th anniversary of women's enrollment in the traditional MBA program gave HBS Dean Nitin Nohria the opportunity to take stock of the progress that had been made by HBS women students and alumnae and ponder what still remained to be done.

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Managing for Value at the Global Environment Fund

Authors: Meehan, William F.; Pfleiderer, Paul; Kennedy, Michael; McCoy, Debra
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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The Global Environment Fund (GEF) is a private equity fund focused on investments in environmental and energy solutions in both developed and developing markets. The fund is currently examining the strategy of one of its portfolio companies-NEOgás, a Latin American natural gas supplier-which is considering entering the Mexican distribution market...

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Accountability of Independent Directors-Evidence from Firms Subject to Securities Litigation

Authors: Brochet, Francois; Srinivasan, Suraj
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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We examine which independent directors are held accountable when investors sue firms for financial and disclosure related fraud. Overall, shareholders use litigation along with director elections and director retention to hold some independent directors more accountable than others when firms experience financial fraud.

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Embrace (A, B, C, D)

Authors: Anand, Mridula; Nandkumar, Anand; Dhanaraj, Charles
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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The Embrace case series provides an engaging context to understand social innovation, by taking students through a sequence of critical decisions from opportunity analysis and market feasibility study to formulating a competitive strategy and developing business models for growth. The focus of the case is on an innovative idea to solve the problem of a high number of fatalities in premature births in rural India, and the potential for an affordable product.

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Sustainability through Partnerships: A Guide for Executives

Author: Network for Business Sustainability
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Network for Business Sustainability
Publication Year: 2013

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The number of partnerships has grown exponentially over the last 15 years. Partnerships are increasing because they are effective: they can address problems that individual organizations, or even whole sectors, can’t solve independently. But partnerships are also a new way of operating – and not all are successful. This report identifies steps for success. It provides the best research-based advice on planning and executing effective partnerships.

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Maria Gonzalez

Author: Boroff, Karen E.
Product Type: Cases
Source: North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Publication Year: 2014

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Maria Gonzalez, a unionized employee of Global Communications, was arrested in an off-duty incident involving drugs, guns, and possible pornography. When she wanted to report back to work, the managers became concerned about what the appropriate course of action should be regarding Gonzalez's behavior...

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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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Transforming People's Lives: The Vehicles for Change Story

Authors: Sriram, Ven; Mersha, Tigineh; Nielsen, Christine; Weiss, John C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Publication Year: 2014

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VFC's primary purpose is to assist low-income families own vehicles so that they can achieve financial independence. Marty Schwartz, President of VFC, believed that allowing FW to retain more of its profits would allow it to grow its used car business which would bring even larger financial benefits to VFC in the long-run. In the short-term, however, this would reduce the number of vehicles awarded to low-income families-a sensitive issue for many members of his board.

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Corporate and Integrated Reporting: A Functional Perspective

Authors: Eccles, Robert G.; Serafeim, George
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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In this paper, we present the two primary functions of corporate reporting (information and transformation) and why currently isolated financial and sustainability reporting are not likely to perform effectively those functions.

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Sobey's Inc: A Strategic Approach to Sustainable Seafood Supply

Author: Goerzen, Anthony
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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Certain major competitors had announced that they would sell only “certified sustainable” seafood, an approach strongly advocated by well-known environmental organizations. Sobey’s, on the other hand, decided that to abandon uncertified seafood would not only hamper its bottom line but also would eliminate its ability to push the very fisheries that needed more guidance towards better practices. Yet, to continue to sell “red zone” seafood was very controversial and could jeopardize Sobey’s standing as a leader in sustainable practices...

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Stress Testing the Character of Future Business Leaders

Authors: Seijts, Gerard; Mercer, John; Stevenson, Lawrence; Crossan, Mary M.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Ivey Business Journal
Publication Year: 2014

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Good leaders learn from experience. If they are lucky, they eventually become aware of their limitations and take steps to address them. Unfortunately, history shows that too many leaders fail to become aware of their blind spots until it is too late. It doesn’t have to be this way...

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Unrealized Potential: Misconceptions about Corporate Purpose and New Opportunities for Business Education

Author: Padro, Miguel
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2014

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We clarify the widespread assumption that shareholders own the corporation, then explore the implications for what is being taught to business students about value creation, risk, accountability, good management, and good governance. Business education is uniquely positioned to develop business leaders and investors who exercise sound judgment, resist the allure of the short term, and thus help realize the full potential of the corporate form.

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Unpacking Corporate Purpose: A Report on the Beliefs of Executives, Investors and Scholars

Authors: Keller Fay Group; Samuelson, Judith; Padro, Miguel
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2014

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The Aspen Institute commissioned the Keller Fay Group to undertake research to explore the purpose of the corporation in American society – and to focus particularly on the idea that the primary purpose of a corporation ought to be to maximize shareholder value...

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The Role of the Corporation in Society: An Alternative View and Opportunities for Future Research

Author: Serafeim, George
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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A long-standing ideology in business education has been that a corporation is run for the sole interest of its shareholders. I present an alternative view where increasing concentration of economic activity and power in the world's largest corporations, the Global 1000, has opened the way for managers to consider the interests of a broader set of stakeholders rather than only shareholders...

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Corn Cobs and Generators: A Revolutionary Way to Light up Haiti

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Interviews; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2014

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In rural areas of Haiti, residents have trouble accessing cheap and reliable electricity. Limyè Pa w – founded by three social entrepreneurs – is trying to change that by setting up an electrical grid that uses discarded corn cobs as its fuel source...

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Lac-Megantic Train Derailment: Putting Out the Fires (A, B)

Authors: Seijts, Jana; Bigus, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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In the early morning of Saturday, July 6, 2013, the chairman of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Limited faced a catastrophic situation when a company train carrying crude oil derailed in the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada, causing a series of explosions that decimated the downtown core...

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Phone Hacking and Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation

Author: Weston, Harold
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation owned a 168-year-old British tabloid, News of the World, which obtained its juiciest stories by illegally hacking the phones of many people, including actors, celebrities and prime ministers. Was this scandal a failure of governance by the board, or was it only a failure of management?

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Thought Leader Interview: Dominic Barton

Authors: Barton, Dominic; Christensen, Karen
Product Type: Interviews; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Rotman School of Management
Publication Year: 2014

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In a wide-ranging interview, the Managing Director for McKinsey and Company Worldwide, Dominic Barton, discusses his firm's work on the global problem of water scarcity, what type of talent his firm seeks out and why workplace flexibility is so important today.

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Morality Rebooted: Exploring Simple Fixes to Our Moral Bugs

Authors: Zhang, Ting; Gino, Francesca; Bazerman, Max H.
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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This paper explores two approaches to mitigating unethical behavior. We argue that integrating both approaches while avoiding incompatible strategies can reduce the risk of adverse effects that arise from taking a single approach.

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Connected Consumption: A Sharing Economy Emerges

Authors: Dubois, Emilie; Schor, Juliet; Carfagna, Lindsey
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Rotman School of Management
Publication Year: 2014

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The authors describe four types of connected consumption, then focus on one (‘time banks'), explaining the broader context that is propelling this movement's popularity.

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Kweku Adoboli at UBS

Authors: Wakeman, S. Wiley; Moore, Celia
Product Type: Cases
Source: London Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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The UBS case outlines how individual ambition and lax organisational standards and oversight can lead to consistent unethical behaviour resulting in a crippling loss at a large investment bank.

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