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Goldwind USA: Chinese Wind in the Americas

Authors: Abrami, Regina M.; Koch-Weser, Iacob
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Many Chinese firms have struggled in the United States. Renewable energy is a fledgling, high-risk market. Can Goldwind USA, a leading producer of wind turbines, overcome the odds?

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Against the Grain: Jim Teague in Tanzania

Author: Ramanna, Karthik
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2012

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Loan officer Jim Teague discovers his agro-processor client has a serious health-code violation just days before a disbursement is due. Proceeding with the loan could jeopardize the health of thousands of customers and put his employer at serious risk. But withholding the loan will likely deprive hundreds of farmers affiliated with the agro-processor their livelihoods in this poor rural corner of Tanzania…

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Nuru Energy

Authors: Santos, Felipe; Carrick-Cagna, Anne-Marie
Product Type: Cases
Source: INSEAD
Publication Year: 2012

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Nuru Energy is a social venture that was created in 2008 by an MBA graduate with five years experience in the development sector. The entrepreneur starts from nothing, bootstrapping a social venture with the ambitious goal of providing affordable and effective lighting solutions to 800 million poor people without access to the electric grid in sub-Saharan Africa and India. The case describes the challenges of growing social enterprises that have dual roles of profit and social impact. It focuses in particular on financing challenges and provides a context to discuss different financing sources and their implications.

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Crediamigo: Partnering with VivaCred?

Authors: Raufflet, Emmanuel; Lavoie, Frédéric
Product Type: Cases
Source: HEC Montréal; CECI
Publication Year: 2012

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Marcelo Azevedo and the planning committee of Crediamigo, Brazil’s largest microfinance institution, need to figure out an entry strategy into Rio de Janeiro’s microfinance market. The challenge is to decide how best to enter this competitive market and how to partner with other organizations.

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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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SKS Microfinance: The Sour Taste of Success

Author: Sunderasan, Srinivasan
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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The initial public offer of SKS Microfinance shares was seen as the initiation of a conflict between the interests of the company’s shareholders and the poor rural borrowers it was expected to serve. The provincial government brought out an ordinance effectively curbing microfinance lending and recovery operations, and the Reserve Bank of India issued a notification placing caps on interest rates, margins and specifying minimum tenures for relatively larger loan sizes. Was this the end of the road for the microfinance movement in India?

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ESOPs

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Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: Butcher Joseph Hayes
Publication Year: 2012

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ESOPs are a unique combination of a benefit plan and a tool of corporate finance. The value of the plan, as an employee benefit, is directly related to the performance of the company, creating an effective incentive for management and employees to perform well.

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KKR: Leveraging Sustainability

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

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The case describes KKR's Green Portfolio Program, one of the firm's environmental initiatives, which has achieved $160 million in cost savings. While pleased with its progress in achieving greater energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, the firm is looking for other ways to expand its sustainability initiatives, such as in its supply chain and incorporating sustainability into its due diligence and deal making processes.

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Groupon and the SEC

Authors: Radcliffe, Vaughan; Stein, Mitchell; Gottschalk, Alexis
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2012

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Groupon's financial statements attracted a great deal of controversy due to revenue recognition policies that produced very substantially higher revenues for the corporation, as well as non GAAP earnings measures, especially ACSOI, an invention of the firm that served to exclude certain marketing expenses from the calculation of profit. Groupon backed down on both revenue recognition and the use of ACSOI following SEC queries as to the corporation's accounting policies.

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Islamic Banking Lessons for the Financial Sector

Authors: Ribera, Alberto; Etzold, Veit M.; Wackerbeck, Philipp
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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As they try to strengthen their capital and reduce their risk operations, whom should governments, regulators and financial bosses turn to for inspiration? A good place to start would be to study those banks that have performed best since the crisis...

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