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Tough Decisions at Marks and Spencer

Authors: Eccles, Robert G.; Serafeim, George; Armbrester, Kyle
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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In 2007, under the leadership of CEO Stuart Rose, the iconic British retailer Marks and Spencer, with great fanfare, announced its "Plan A" initiative. Based on the five essential pillars of climate change, waste, sustainable materials, fair partnership, and health, the plan sought to transform the company's practices. Key aspects of Plan A included more sustainable sourcing and influencing the business practices of the company's supply chain; communication to employees, customers and investors; and employee engagement. The case concludes with the tradeoffs involved in the decision of whether or not to install refrigerator doors in the grocery section of its stores. While the energy savings and reduced carbon emissions are relatively clear and easy to measure, the impact on customers and revenues is harder to assess...

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Aviva Investors

Authors: Serafeim, George; Eccles, Robert G.; Armbrester, Kyle
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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The case describes Aviva Investors' policies on materiality, engagement, and its corporate responsibility voting policy. It then explores how the company is implementing these policies in the case of a particular company, the FTSE 100 diversified mining company Vendanta.

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DONG Energy: Clean and Reliable Energy

Authors: Bower, Joseph L.; Corsi, Elena
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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The head of Denmark's largest energy group ponders how to use their limited resources to advance the delivery of clean and reliable energy...

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Speeding Ahead to a Better Place

Authors: Ofek, Elie; Wagonfeld, Alison Berkley
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Shai Agassi, CEO of Better Place, is in the midst of planning a paradigm shift in clean transportation. In an attempt to wean the world from using gasoline-powered vehicles, his company is playing the role of innovator and integrator for new vehicles, charging spots, and battery switch stations.

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Scrums, Sprints, Spikes and Poker: Agility in a Bulgarian Software Company

Authors: Miree, Lucia; Galletly, John
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Telerik’s human resource practices were innovative and flexible and its benefits and compensation package had allowed Telerik to attract a high quality workforce. Its recent innovations in benefits, including concierge services and stock options, had given Telerik an edge in human capital with an employee turnover rate of under five per cent...

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Le Moulin Blanc

Author: Kispal-Vitai, Zsuzsanna
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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A young entry-level employee starts work in the hotel industry in a Central East European country. The case explores the nature of HR operations in the light of ethics and sustainability...

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Saving Children's Lives Through Business Model Innovation; What is the Best Route Forward?

Authors: Van Wassenhove, Luk; Thierry, Martijn
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2011

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This series describes how a couple who lost a child create a social venture and how concepts and tools from the business world can be used in the humanitarian sector.

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Primark: £10? Ooh that's Expensive!

Authors: Villanueva, Julián; Nueno, José Luis; Ziskind, Julie
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Could Mr. Marchant continue to make Primark a UK success while at the same time adapting its unique business model to suit new geographies? Could he once and for all dispel the perennial controversy regarding Primark's one weak link: suppliers' use of cheap factory labor?

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From In-house to Joint R&D: The Way Forward for Nokia Denmark

Authors: Larsen, Marcus Moller; Pedersen, Torben
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Motivated by the need to release pressure on its in-house capacity, Nokia Denmark decided to outsource certain product development projects to the Taiwanese company Foxconn in a joint R&D setup. However, by 2010, the rising pressure from the corporate headquarters and the competitive market environment on products and costs, Nokia Denmark thus faced a central question on how to proceed with the R&D setup...

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Liberte, Egalite, Sororite: How Should France Achieve Boardroom Parite?

Authors: Groysberg, Boris; Fischer-Groban, Hilary
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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The French government is considering mandating a gender quota for corporate boards...

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