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Vodafone Italy: Designing Solutions for Effective Human Resource Management and Career Development

Authors: Bagdadli, S.; Bizzi, L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: SDA Bocconi
Publication Year: 2009

Faculty Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 2128 views

The objective of this case is to stimulate reflection on organisational and human resource management problems occurring in companies facing rapid change.

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Leading Across Cultures at Michelin (A, B, C)

Authors: Meyer, Erin; Gupta, Sapna
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2009

Faculty Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 2366 views

A French executive with Michelin is expatriated from Clermont Ferrand to South Carolina. Initially confident in his leadership skills, the protagonist learns quickly that many aspects of leading a team are quite different in the American environment.

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Nestle: A Social Media Nightmare (A, B)

Authors: Seijts, Jana; Bigio, Benjamin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2011

Faculty Rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 3299 views

On March 17, 2010, the chairman of the board of directors was caught off guard because of a YouTube video created by the environmental activist group Greenpeace. Within 24 hours, the video had more than 100,000 views and anti-Nestlé campaigns quickly emerged on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks around the world...

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The Fuertes Vientos Wind Farm

Authors: Alemany, L.; Gonzalvo, D.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ESADE
Publication Year: 2008

Faculty Rating: 3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars3 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 1601 views

This case presents the story of a wind farm start-up in the north of Spain. The main teaching objective is to understand the importance of financial planning for entrepreneurs.

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Acteon Travel Agency, Greece

Author: Dana, Teresa
Product Type: Cases
Source: Nanyang Business School
Publication Year: 1998

Faculty Rating: 1 stars1 stars1 stars1 stars1 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 1974 views

Tourism is on the rise and this couldn't be truer for the Greek island of Ios. Acteon Travel is one of the best-represented agencies on the island. Questions arise as to the ethics surrounding how this company maintains its leadership position...

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AXA: Creating New CR Metrics

Authors: Elias, Jaan; Rosenthal, Jean
Product Type: Cases
Source: Yale School of Management
Publication Year: 2015

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A global leader in the insurance and asset management business, AXA had risen to the top ranks in terms of corporate responsibility (CR) as well. In 2014, the French-based insurer led the industry on a number of corporate social responsibility and sustainability indexes. Not content to rest on these laurels, AXA transferred its CR team from the department that included the Communications function to a newly created department combining the Strategy, CR, and Public Affairs functions together, to further integrate CR into the core of the business.

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Omar Selim: Building a Values-Based Asset Management Firm (A, B)

Authors: Serafeim, George; Henderson, Rebecca; Gombos, Shannon
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2015

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At Barclays, Omar Selim spearheaded Arabesque, a socially-responsible asset management firm emphasizing faith and values. In June 2012, regulators fined Barclays £290 million for its role in the Libor rate manipulation scandal. Selim is offered the opportunity to spin off Arabesque as an independent fund if he is willing to break from Barclays…

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Provident: How to Tackle Financial Exclusion in Poland

Authors: Kuraszko, Iwona; Rok, Boleslaw
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kozminski University
Publication Year: 2014

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In March 2010, Provident Poland (owned by International Personal Finance) implemented a new set of responsible lending standards, called Treating Customers Fairly. Provident is operating on small cash loans to moderate and low-income customers in Poland, mostly with trouble repaying installments on time. For such people a loan can provide not only short-time relief, but also become - in some cases - a financial trap causing the indebtedness of the client to further deepen. This campaign had both a social and strategic aim...

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A Costly Train Journey (A, B)

Authors: Smith, N. Craig; Williams, Elin
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2015

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Costly Train Journey tells the story of an MBA student who on graduation started an investment banking job in the City. He was successful in his first few years but commuting into London he continued to dodge the train fare until he was caught by ticket inspectors. The case is based loosely on the experience of Jonathan Burrows a Managing Director at Blackrock Asset Management…

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On Your Bike! Using Marketing Mix to Drive Successful Bicycle Sharing Programs in Europe

Authors: Laidler-Kylander, Nathalie; Strauss, Steven; Winig, Laura
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2015

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This case focuses on the bicycle sharing systems in three mid-sized European cities: Mainz, Germany, Lille, France and Antwerp, Belgium. The case describes the market segments within each city and lays out the marketing mix variables-the 4Ps (product, price, place and promotion)-to allow students to compare and contrast the cities' opportunities and challenges. The protagonist in each city is charged with using the marketing mix to help his or her city reach its goals…

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CRESUS: Preventing Problem Debt and Over-Indebtedness through a High Social Impact Hybrid Model with La Banque Postale

Authors: Angot, Jacques; Plé, Loïc
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESEG School of Management
Publication Year: 2015

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The case aims to illustrate to what extent a Hybrid Value Chain (HVC) - a concept created by Ashoka (the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs) and detailed by Drayton and Budinich in a 2010 Harvard Business Review paper - answers both economic and social issues that neither non-profit nor for-profit organisations alone can solve…

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Teckentrup: A Door to Managing Difference

Authors: Rose, Clayton; Lenhardt, Jerome; Beyersdorfer, Daniela
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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For Kai Teckentrup, the owner and co-CEO of the German "Mittelstand" door manufacturer Teckentrup, balancing competitive pressures, demographic realities and values were at the heart of the diversity program that he had started and championed at the company…

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Blue Skies: Connecting African Farmers to Global Markets

Authors: Ferguson, John-Paul; De Clara, Laurent
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2014

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The case describes the evolution of Blue Skies since its foundation as a small fruit processing business exporting fresh-cut pineapple to Europe. It illustrates how competitive structures in the fresh-cut market shape the balance of power within the agri-food value chain, and how Blue Skies maintained its competitive edge through a combination of production efficiency, product quality and market diversification.

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E.ON Hungary: CSR-Social Obligation or Financial Burden?

Authors: Hardi, Peter; Romics, Katalin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Central European University
Publication Year: 2014

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This unique case poses several ethical and pragmatic questions that go beyond the introduced particular affair and refer to current challenges company managers and policy makers could face when they deal with social responsibilities of enterprises…

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Jeronimo Calderon and euforia: Mobilizing Youth for Social Impact

Authors: Hoos, Florian; Henry, Elizabeth
Product Type: Cases
Source: HEC Paris
Publication Year: 2014

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In 2013, euforia was at a crossroads. It could continue down the path of revising its business model to scale its activities; pull back to preserve its original youth-centric social mission, organisational structure, and programs; or find a solution somewhere in between…

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GlaxoSmithKline: The Limits of Health Education

Authors: Kuraszko, Iwona; Rok, Boleslaw
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kozminski University
Publication Year: 2014

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Between March and September 2009, the pharmaceutical concern GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) conducted a social campaign in Poland called 'Stop Rotaviruses'. In May 2009 the Main Pharmaceutical Inspectorate, a Polish public administration organ responsible for monitoring advertising regulations related to pharmaceuticals, ordered the campaign to stop on the grounds that it was a covert promotion of Rotarix...

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Mercadona

Author: Ton, Zeynep
Product Type: Multimedia; Notes
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Publication Year: 2014

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In this slide presentation, MIT’s Zeynep Ton uses the case of a Spanish supermarket chain to illustrate the issue of good vs. bad jobs...

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Streamlining CSR: An Answer in Economic Difficulties (Telenor Hungary)

Authors: Hardi, Peter; Radácsi, Gergely
Product Type: Cases
Source: Central European University
Publication Year: 2014

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In 2009-2010 the Hungarian ICT sector was experiencing its most difficult times over 15 years, as a result of the global economic crisis, new government regulations and an extra 'crisis' tax introduced by the Hungarian government. Consequently telecom companies have started cutting costs, including the reduction of workforce. But what happens with CSR initiatives in such circumstances? Do they survive?

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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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Tapestry Networks

Authors: Ramanna, Karthik; Shaffer, Matthew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Tapestry Networks assembled industry leaders and their regulators in small, private meetings to build new frameworks for pressing regulatory challenges. Tapestry's motivating principle was to reimagine solutions to complex problems (e.g., drug-approval standards) in ways that created a win-win for firms and society. Tapestry meetings on bank-governance standards-initiated after the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis-had experienced some success in rebuilding trust between regulators and banks. But, five years on, the initiative faced important challenges...

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Bridges Ventures

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Appleby, Sarah
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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Bridges Ventures, a UK-based impact investor with double-digit returns on its investments, is reflecting on its social impact and pondering its future course...

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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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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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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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Axel Springer and the Quest for the Boundaries of Corporate Responsibility

Authors: Hofmann, Anna; Müller, Urs; Bhattacharya, C.B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ESMT European School of Management and Technology
Publication Year: 2014

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In the case of Axel Springer the question is focused on the aspect how much responsibility the company might have for its supply chain: how far and how deep down the supply chain does or should responsibility of a corporation reach?

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Waste, Recycling and Entrepreneurship in Central and Northern Europe, 1870-1940

Authors: Jones, Geoffrey G.; Spadafora, Andrew
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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This working paper examines the role of entrepreneurs in the municipal solid waste industry in industrialized central and northern Europe from the late nineteenth century to the 1940s. It explores the emergence of numerous German, Danish, and other European entrepreneurial firms explicitly devoted to making a profitable business out of conserving and returning valuable resources to productive use, while maintaining public sanitation and in many cases offering nascent environmental protections.

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Scandal at Société Générale: Rogue Trader or Willing Accomplice?

Author: Walker, Russell
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kellogg School of Management
Publication Year: 2013

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This case covers the scandal that occurred in 2008 at Société Générale when one trader, Jérôme Kerviel, lost the prominent French bank nearly €5 billion through his unauthorized trading. The case describes Kerviel's schemes as well as SocGen's internal monitoring and reporting processes, organizational structures, and culture so that students reading the case can identify and discuss the shortcomings of the firm's risk management practices.

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Cafédirect: Return of the Fairtrade Pioneer

Author: Vasudha, M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2014

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The case traces the evolution of the Fairtrade Movement and emergence of Cafédirect as a Fairtrade brand posing stiff competition to the mainstream players. The case also enables discussion on the effectiveness of the Fairtrade business model and the future plans of Cafédirect.

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Contemporary Philosophy: Human Capital

Authors: Thaning, Morten S.; Gudmand-Høyer, Marius
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Copenhagen Business School
Publication Year: 2014

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The objective is to enable students to identify and critically analyse business issues and problems by mobilising philosophical perspectives...

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Winning Hearts and Minds - How CEOs Talk about Gender Parity

Author: Kelan, Elisabeth
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: KPMG
Publication Year: 2014

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In one of the first major studies on the role of the CEO in driving change on diversity and inclusion, Dr Elisabeth Kelan’s research analyses how CEOs of global organisations explain the need for action on gender to themselves and to others, and the kinds of leadership behaviours they use to help make change happen.

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Iceland's Energy Policy: Finding the Right Path Forward

Authors: Logadottir, Halla Hrund; Lee, Henry
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
Publication Year: 2013

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Should Iceland develop its green energy resources or should it focus on preserving its natural resources while building up its tourism industry?

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Barilla Pasta: A Company In Hot Water

Authors: Seijts, Jana; Bigus, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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On September 26, 2013, the chief executive officer of the world-leading pasta manufacturer, the Barilla Group, was challenged with a precarious situation. A day earlier, during an interview on an Italian radio show, the company chairman made a series of anti-gay remarks when asked why the company did not feature advertisements with gay families...

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Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy

Author: Martin, Iain
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Year: 2013

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The collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which had to be bailed out by the taxpayer in the financial crisis of October 2008, played a leading role in tipping Britain into its deepest economic downturn in seven decades. How on earth had a small Scottish bank grown so quickly to become a global financial giant that could do such immense damage when it collapsed? At the center of the story was Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive known as "Fred the Shred" who terrorized some of his staff and beguiled others...

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Legal and Safety Concerns in the Workplace

Author: Muthukumar, R.
Product Type: Cases
Source: IBS Case Development Center
Publication Year: 2013

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In June 2013, the owner of a UK demolition company North Eastern Maritime Offshore Cluster Ltd (NEMOC) was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in connection with an employee's death at a worksite...

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iMatari

Authors: Badaracco, Joseph L., Jr.; Preble, Matthew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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In late 2012, recent Harvard Business School graduate Hannah Lopez is given the opportunity to lead entry into a new market for Plámo, a company that created startup companies in Europe and emerging markets based upon existing successful business models. She had only been with the company a few months, and while excited by the opportunity, she was beginning to have some doubts about the company...

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Cult Girl: Responsible Management and Self-Management of Subjectivity at Work

Authors: Johnsen, Rasmus; Baharlooie, Navid
Product Type: Cases
Source: Copenhagen Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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Cult arranged team-building courses designed to help the girls prepare for the job. The girls had to manage dealing with drunken guys and jealous girlfriends, but most importantly, they had to master the difficult art of flirting for just long enough for the guys to believe that the Cult Girls were interested in them, and end up with a Cult product in their hands, without going any further than that. Yet how far should you go to sell a product? At what personal cost? How far could the Cult management responsibly go in their training- and management-methods? And was Cult crossing the limits in their marketing of the product?

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Schmidt Press and Mekkanischer Wahnsinn

Authors: Mead, Jenny; Wicks, Andrew C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2013

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The owner of the small Berlin-based Schmidt Press encounters a dilemma when she is given the opportunity to publish a novel about a Muslim woman who attempts to lead an underground movement to take control of the Kaaba, the holy sanctuary at Mecca...

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Economics Students Demand an Education That Reflects Post-Crash World

Authors: Husnain, Mahim; Parekh, Rikin
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The Guardian
Publication Year: 2013

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Economics is more than growth and GDP but current teaching doesn't reflect this. Expanding economic thought is vital to equip tomorrow's leaders, writes the Post-Crash Economics Society.

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Barclays and the LIBOR Scandal

Authors: Rose, Clayton; Sesia, Aldo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2013

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In June of 2012, Barclays plc admitted that it had manipulated LIBOR - a benchmark interest rate that was fundamental to the operation of international financial markets and that was the basis for trillions of dollars of financial transactions. In settling with U.K. and U.S. regulators the firm agreed to pay $450 million in fines. This case explains why LIBOR was an essential part of the global financial market, the mechanism used to establish the rate, and what Barclays did wrong...

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Operation Greenwash Gold: Rio Tinto and the Tainted Medals

Authors: Seijts, Jana; Bigio, Benjamin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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Rio Tinto, a major multinational mining company, signed a contract with the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and the International Olympic Committee to supply all the gold, silver and copper for medals to be awarded at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Just three months before the opening ceremonies, a coalition of non-governmental organizations, titled Operation Greenwash Gold, combined with labour unions in Canada, Australia and around the world representing millions of workers to protest Rio Tinto’s alleged environmental, human rights and labour relations abuses...

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GlaxoSmithKline $3 Bn Settlement

Authors: Satish, D.; Kumar, B. Sravana
Product Type: Cases
Source: IBS Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2013

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Whistleblowers and the US Justice Department alleged that from 1999 through 2010, GlaxoSmithKline was engaged in a fraudulent scheme to deceive and defraud patients, regulators, and federal health programs. The case brings to light the issues and circumstance which led to the lawsuit being filed against GSK and the issues in question in the pharmaceutical industry. The case also brings out the important role played by the whistleblowers in bringing out the unethical practices in the business.

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Lon'dow'n Olympics: Environmentalism vs Corporate Commercialism?

Author: Ratna, Garima
Product Type: Cases
Source: Amity Research Centre
Publication Year: 2013

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London Olympics 2012 had become a battle ground of paradoxes. According to human rights and environmental activists, the choice of sponsors associated with the sporting event did not gel well with the ideals upheld by the Olympic Movement. According to experts, London Olympics 2012 had become a tug-of-war between environmentalism and corporate capitalism.

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The Business Case for Being a Responsible Business

Authors: Exter, Nadine; Turner, Charlotte
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: Business in the Community; Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management
Publication Year: 2011

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The way we do business is changing. What is needed is a form of capitalism that is driven by businesses which not only think about the short term returns but also about building longer term sustainable businesses that create economic, environmental and social value...

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Creating Sustainable Businesses through Social Intrapreneurism

Authors: Grayson, David; Spitzeck, Heiko; Alt, Elisa; McLaren, Melody
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management
Publication Year: 2013

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This Occasional Paper explores the “enabling environment” for social intrapreneurs and identifies key factors that enable (and disable) innovation...

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Overcoming Short-Termism within British Business: The Key to Sustained Economic Growth

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Labour Party, UK
Publication Year: 2013

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This Review looks at ‘short-termism’ within British business: the pressure to focus on short-term results to the possible detriment of the long-term health of a company, or even a whole industry. The investigation confirmed that short-termism constrains the ambition of UK business, holding back its development and inhibiting economic growth...

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San Leon Energy: Hydraulic Fracturing in Poland

Authors: Rice, Condoleezza; Zegart, Amy; Myers, Astasia S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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San Leon Energy, an Irish energy firm, was committed to developing large unconventional shale gas reserves in Poland. To reach these reserves, San Leon needed to use a technique called hydraulic fracturing ("fracking”). The Polish government supported fracking…. Yet in 2011 and 2012, environmental protests worldwide grew, causing several countries, including Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Romania, and parts of Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom to issue temporary fracking bans.

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Cadbury: An Ethical Company Struggles to Insure the Integrity of Its Supply Chain

Authors: Chatterjee, Sumana; Elias, Jaan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Yale School of Management
Publication Year: 2008

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In 2000 and 2001, revelations that the production of cocoa in the Côte d’Ivoire involved child slave labor set chocolate companies, consumers, and governments reeling. The stories of child slave labor on Côte d’Ivoire cocoa farms hit Cadbury especially hard. Furthermore, Cadbury’s culture had been deeply rooted in the religious traditions of the company’s founders, and the organization had paid close attention to the welfare of its workers and its sourcing practices.

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JP Morgan: Lessons Learned

Author: Sapp, Stephen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Following the revelation of a US$2 billion loss on trading at JP Morgan’s chief investment office in London, the company’s board of directors is tasked with recommending changes to its risk management practices and corporate governance structure...

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Why Are Business Leaders Prioritising Sustainability?

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Temple Group; Sustainable Business; Edie.net
Publication Year: 2012

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Despite economic pressures, sustainability remains very firmly on the boardroom agenda. This report examines the current sustainability landscape to investigate where boardroom priorities actually are, how deeply embedded sustainability has become, or remained, in business operations and how that will change over the next few years.

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A Blueprint for Better Business

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Product Type: Cases
Source: Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales Working Group
Publication Year: 2012

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There is increasing recognition among business leaders that the internal culture of business, including its underlying values, beliefs and principles, has to be candidly examined to see in what way it has contributed to the breakdown of trust. Are business people too narrowly focused on the bottom line, on maximising shareholder value in the short term? Do these perspectives blind them to the effects of their actions on wider society? This document examines examples of some of the personal dilemmas and frustrations of the business life.

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