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Access: Outsourcing

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

Faculty Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 4112 views

How businesses can access the benefits of a global marketplace without falling prey to the accompanying risks is a critical question.

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Access Teaching Module

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Scully, Maureen
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2009

Faculty Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 14825 views

Access, to new markets and materials, to new sources of labor and information, to new communities and new ideas, is crucial to business, and can also serve as a way to spread the benefits of economic development to people and their communities. How does access bring value to business and society and can it also be used to reduce the downside of globalization?

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Shell in Nigeria

Authors: Hendry, John; Mellor, Kate; Hak, Zain; Ade-Ajayi, Funmi; Vieira, Waldir; Zou, Yuan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Cambridge Judge Business School
Publication Year: 2000

Faculty Rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars [1 Faculty Rating] 4514 views

This case reviews the public controversy surrounding Shell's operations in Nigeria in the 1990s...

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Eat2Eat.com

Authors: Goodwin, Nigel; Hardy, Kenneth G.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Eat2Eat.com was an Internet-based restaurant reservation service covering a dozen cities in the Asia Pacific region. The case focuses on entrepreneurial marketing with sub-themes of financing and small enterprise management. It is a story of an entrepreneur who had an idea and enough money to launch it, but then struggles to achieve adequate scale...

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Bringing Israeli Innovation to Africa

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Interviews; Multimedia
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2014

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In 2008, Borowich-Ya’ari set up Innovation: Africa, a non-profit that brings Israeli innovation to African villages. In five years, Innovation: Africa has provided electricity, clean water, food and medical care to more than 450,000 people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.

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World Health Partners: Leveraging Entrepreneurship for Health Care Delivery

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

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When Kumar got an opportunity to start a SkyHealth center as a franchisee of World Health Partners (WHP), a New Delhi-based non-profit, he decided to take it. “For a villager, however much he may want to, it is next-to-impossible to consult a doctor in the city. Technology has now made it possible. I took up the WHP franchisee because I was sure it would work,” says Kumar.

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Business Is About Innovation, So Why Do We Teach It In The Same Old Way?

Author: Freeman, R. Edward
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Forbes.com
Publication Year: 2013

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We are already know that MOOCs are a disruptive innovation in higher education. That issue is pretty much a foregone conclusion. The curious thing is that it has taken this long for it to happen…

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PATH and the Safe Water Project (A, B, C, D)

Seeking Market-Based Solutions to Global Health Challenges; Empowering the Poor through User-Centered Design; Improving Access to Safe Water Through Innovative Sales and Distribution Models; Making Safe Water Products More Affordable

Authors: Zenios, Stefanos A.; Denend, Lyn; Elliott, Tim
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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This case provides an overview of the nonprofit organization PATH and its Safe Water Project-a five-year effort launched in late 2006 with $17 million in funding from the global development unit of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Over the course of the grant, PATH conducted approximately 10 pilots in four countries. In the process, the Safe Water Project team accumulated substantial insights related to user-centered design, access, and affordability...

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Surreptitious Surveillance on the Internet

Author: Raicu, Irina
Product Type: Cases
Source: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Publication Year: 2013

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A cyber-security expert is asked to set up a surveillance program at the behest of regulators in Saudi Arabia...

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TED Talks: Video Collection

Author:
Product Type: Reading Collections
Source: TED
Publication Year: 2013

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This video collection of TED Talks highlights social, environmental and ethical issues related to business and can be used as an introduction to this varied video library on fascinating ideas by remarkable people.

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Low-carbon, Indigenous Innovation in China

Author: Vietor, Richard H.K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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For the past seven years or so, the Chinese government has been powering ahead with industrial policies to promote low-carbon energy technologies--wind, solar, electric batteries and vehicles, nuclear power, and even carbon capture and sequestration. The net effects of these initiatives leave low-carbon energy industries in the United States in the dust...

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Samasource: Give Work, Not Aid

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

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

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Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design

Author: Petrosky, Henry
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Princeton University Press
Publication Year: 2008

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Success through Failure shows us that making something better--by carefully anticipating and thus averting failure--is what invention and design are all about. Petroski explores the nature of invention and the character of the inventor through an unprecedented range of both everyday and extraordinary examples--illustrated lectures, child-resistant packaging for drugs, national constitutions, medical devices, the world's tallest skyscrapers, long-span bridges, and more. Stressing throughout that there is no surer road to eventual failure than modeling designs solely on past successes, he sheds new light on spectacular failures...

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Google Books: Liberating the World’s Information, or Appropriating It?

Authors: Stromberg, Eric; Sheth, Romeen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
Publication Year: 2011

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Discusses the ethical and political issues arising from Google’s plan to digitize the world’s books.

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Insider Trading 2011: How Technology and Social Networks Have 'Friended' Access to Confidential Information

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2011

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Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund in New York, has been found guilty on all counts in one of the largest insider trading cases in U.S history. Amid the discussions on that case and on insider trading generally, the role of technology in communicating information has often been overlooked.

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The Future of Work: What It Means for Individuals, Businesses, Markets and Governments

Author: Bollier, David
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program
Publication Year: 2011

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The Future of Work examines the challenges to conventional notions of work and organization brought on by new digital technologies and trends. As the velocity of change increases, institutions and individuals must adapt.

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The Future of Fashion

Teaching Questions, Additional Resources & Notes

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Wu, Gina
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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The Future of Fashion

A Future of Ethical Consumption

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Wu, Gina
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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Learning Objective: To understand the role of ethics and sustainability in the business-consumer relationship. The importance of ethical and sustainable production to consumers has undoubtedly grown in recent years, but how much do these concerns influence actual economic behavior? Is it enough for companies to appear to be acting ethically, or do consumers insist that firms walk the walk as well as talk the talk? Encourages debate over the relationship between corporate social responsibility and competitive advantage, the depth of consumer commitment to ethical production, and the role of reputation and public opinion.

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The Future of Fashion

The Future of Labor Management

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Wu, Gina
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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Learning Objective: To discuss workforce management issues in global supply chains, highlighting the tension between distributed labor and centralized responsibility. The material allows students to discuss both sides of the labor debate: it shows that even low-wage employment can be used as a path to economic development, and also that the global search for low-wage labor has lead to human rights abuses and other ethical problems. It also highlights the potential advantages of human capital investment for innovation and operations, if properly developed.

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The Future of Fashion

A Global Future: Challenges and Opportunities

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Wu, Gina
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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Learning Objective: To highlight issues of globalization and the more recent efforts to use it in ways that benefit both businesses and society. Students have the opportunity to question the use of globalization to reduce costs and extend markets, often at the price of labor and environmental abuses. This section outlines the push for a more sustainable approach to global business, including moves toward localization, increased access for both buyers and sellers, non-Western perspectives, and the expansion of the typical consumer base to include the base of the pyramid.

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The Future of Fashion

Resource Management: Sustainable Futures

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Wu, Gina
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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Learning Objective: To highlight the effects of unsustainable resource use, giving students a window to discuss the widespread implications of resource management throughout a product's lifecycle. This section illustrates the history of resource degradation, particularly in developing countries, and how many companies and societies are moving, if incrementally, toward more sustainable practices.

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Teaching Module on the Future of Fashion

Authors: Johnson, Jennifer; Wu, Gina
Product Type: Teaching Modules
Source: The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
Publication Year: 2010

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This Teaching Module uses the context of the fashion industry to discuss topics that are shaping the future of all industries. These topics include sustainable resource management, the challenges and opportunities of global growth, workforce management, and the role of ethical consumption in business.

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Sony and the JK Wedding Dance

Authors: Deighton, John; Kornfeld, Leora
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Executives at Sony Music Entertainment faced a dilemma: a user-generated video featuring controversial artist Chris Brown's music was netting millions of views per week on YouTube. Sony held the copyright to the song, and was entitled to issue a takedown notice to the party that uploaded the video. How should Sony act?

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Employee Ownership and the Entrepreneurial Spirit: The Case of HCSS

Authors: Roche, Olivier; Shipper, Frank
Product Type: Cases
Source: The Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University
Publication Year: 2010

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Heavy Construction Systems Specialists, Inc. [HCSS] designs and sells hi-tech software to the heavy/highway construction industry. The case describes a unique corporate culture that has made HCSS a business success in a highly competitive industry.

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Farming Pharmaceuticals: Ventra Bioscience and the Controversy Over Plant-made Medicines

Author: Lawrence, Anne T.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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How can a biotechnology start-up navigate a complex regulatory and stakeholder terrain to bring to market an innovative product with potentially significant public health benefits? This case focuses on the challenges facing Ventria Bioscience, a small biotechnology firm based in California.

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Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusinesses

Authors: Warr, Benjamin; Van Wassenhove, Luk; Carrick-Cagna, Anne-Marie
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2010

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Farmstar provides farmers with recommendations throughout the growing season and enabled subscribers to manage their crops with unprecedented precision. The technology’s potential was enormous...

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Welcome to the Future: Smart Services Improve Quality, Lower Cost, Foster Innovation, and Help the Environment Too

Author: Knowledge@W.P. Carey
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: Knowledge@W.P. Carey
Publication Year: 2009

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At the 20th Annual Compete Through Service Symposium, hosted by the Center for Services Leadership at the W. P. Carey School of Business, business leaders from all industries gathered to discuss (in part) how technology can help companies differentiate themselves in the market.

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In China, a Labor Movement Aided by Modern Technology

Authors: Barboza, David; Bradsher, Keith
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2010

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It is labor revolt by text message and video upload, underwritten by the Chinese government.

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Sustainability Report from the International Association for Soaps, Detergent, and Maintenance Products

Author: A.I.S.E.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products
Publication Year: 2009

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A cleaning industry viewpoint on how to be proactive in addressing consumer concern over sustainability and environmental issues.

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Personal Rapid Transport at Vectus, Ltd.

Author: Edelman, Benjamin
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Like cars and taxis, PRT vehicles carried small groups - often just a single passenger - with no need to wait for a shared vehicle to arrive or for others to board.

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Mapping Polluters, Encouraging Protectors

Authors: Toffel, Michael W.; King, Andrew A.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: HBS Working Knowledge
Publication Year: 2008

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Where are the biggest polluters? And what is your company doing to protect the environment?

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File-Sharing and Copyright

Working Paper 09-132

Authors: Oberholzer-Gee, Felix; Strumpf, Koleman
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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In this essay, we ask whether the new technology has undermined the incentives of authors and entertainment companies to create, market and distribute new works.

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America's Energy Future

Author: American Energy Innovation Council
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: American Energy Innovation Council
Publication Year: 2010

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As business leaders, we feel that America’s current energy system is deficient in ways that cause serious harm to our economy, our national security, and our environment. To correct these deficiencies, we must make a serious commitment to modernizing our energy system with cleaner, more efficient technologies.

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The Clean Tech Revolution: The Next Big Growth and Investment Opportunity

Authors: Pernick, Ron; Wilder, Clint
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: HarperBusiness
Publication Year: 2007

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In "The Clean Tech Revolution," authors Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder uncover how businesses, investors, and individuals stand to profit from the next wave of clean tech innovation.

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Mobility Innovation for a Better Place (A)

Authors: Orsato, R; Van Wassenhove, Luk; Hemne, S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD - The Business School for the World
Publication Year: 2009

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In 2007, Shai Agassi raised $200 million to launch Better Place. By deploying a network of charge spots, switch stations and systems that optimised the use of electric vehicles, the company had the potential to become a major player in the transport industry.

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Q & A: William Brindley

Author: Nee, Eric
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Interviews
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Publication Year: 2009

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William Brindley helps international aid organizations use information technology to save lives.

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The Market for Digital Inclusion: Social, Commercial and Government Enterprise Models

Authors: Kayser, O.; Santos, Felipe
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD The Business School for the World
Publication Year: 2009

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This analysis showed that CDI's model although apparently much cheaper that Telecentros, was not necessarily more cost effective. The learning from this study was that there were ways of improving the model without increasing the per-unit cost.

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Innovation, Ethics, and Business

Author: Martin, Kirsten E.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics
Publication Year: 2008

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Many may question whether acknowledging the ethics of innovation would make the technology less scientific or objective. Ignoring the moral implications of an innovation, however, does not make the implications go away.

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Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability

Author: Patterson, Arthur
Product Type: Journal Articles; Multimedia
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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Students apply engineering and business skills to design product prototypes, distribution systems, and business plans for entrepreneurial ventures in developing countries. The aim is to address challenges faced by the world's poor.

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Changing the World, One Laptop at a Time

Author:
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Knowledge@SMU
Publication Year: 2009

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What started out as little more than a concept, has now developed into fully functioning computers, gainfully placed in the hands of nearly one million children in 31 developing countries, including Afghanistan, Haiti, Rwanda, Lebanon and Mongolia.

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Have a Nice Day

Author: Friedman, Thomas L.
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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Applied Materials is one of the most important U.S. companies you’ve probably never heard of.

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Profitable Pollution Prevention: Concept, Fundamentals & Development

Authors: Lou, H.R.; Huang, Y.L.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Lamar University
Publication Year: 2000

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This paper explores the opportunity for developing a new generation of P2 technologies that can also make profits for plants.

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The Land of 'No Service'

Author: Friedman, Thomas L.
Product Type: Journal Articles; Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2009

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While maintaining “No Service” in the wild is essential for Africa’s ecotourism industry, the rest of the continent desperately needs more connectivity if it is to prosper.

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Introduction to Sustainability in Business-Concepts & Issues

MHR 694.11

Author: Drobny, Neil L.
Product Type: Syllabi
Source: Fisher College of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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Introduction to Sustainability in Business – Concepts and Issues will trace the historical evolution of present day expectations on corporations and other organizations for taking on environmental and social responsibilities that may seem unrelated to their core mission.

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Yahoo! and Customer Privacy (A)

Authors: Freeman, R. Edward; Fruscello, Thomas W.; Mead, Jenny; Werhane, Patricia H.; Wicks, Andrew C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Virginia Darden School Foundation
Publication Year: 2008

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This case explores the decision facing Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang when he is confronted with a request by the Chinese government to release the name of one of its users for alleged violations of Chinese law.

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Grease is the Word: Feasibility of Biodiesel Production in Meadville, PA

Author: Bowden, Richard D.
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Allegheny College
Publication Year: 2008

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This study estimates the amount of waste cooking oil produced annually in Meadville, PA, and canvasses 56 local restaurants to determine their willingness to participate in a biodiesel program. Based on potential supply and production cost findings, a biodiesel project could provide the City of Meadville with annual savings of approximately $20,000 in operating its fleet of vehicles.

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Market and Cost Analysis of Switchgrass in Northwestern Pennsylvania

Authors: Onyeiwu, Stephen Z.; Greely, Kathy; Mourer, Ben; Villa, Mateo
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Allegheny College, West Penn Alternative Energy Fund
Publication Year: 2008

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A survey of nearly 50 enterprises and organizations in the region concludes that there is a sizable market for biomass in NWPA. While a relatively thriving biomass market in wood pellets and stoves already exists in the residential sector, none of the businesses interviewed uses biomass, and most have not heard of switchgrass as an alternative source of energy.

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JuicyCampus

Always Anonymous, Always Juicy

Authors: Born, Andrew; Closter, Gordon; Esecson, Austin; Norman, Wayne
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
Publication Year: 2008

[This document has not yet been rated] 924 views

Discusses ethical issues related to the interactive website, JuicyCampus.com, which solicited user-generated anonymous gossip from college students across the country.

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KiOR: Catalyzing Clean Energy

Authors: Nanda, Ramana; Stuart, Toby
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Biofuels start-up KiOR was developing a proprietary technology that had the potential to dramatically impact the emerging renewable energy landscape: a process that converted cellulosic biomass into "bio-crude," a hydrocarbon mixture with properties to those of crude oil.

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iPremier (A): Denial of Service Attack (Graphic Novel Version)

Authors: Austin, Robert D.; Short, Jeremy C.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2009

[This document has not yet been rated] 2309 views

Describes an IT security crisis, and raises issues of risk management, preparation for crisis, management of crises, computer security, and public disclosure of security risks.

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