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How to Establish and Manage a Social Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of OSRAM in Africa

Author: von Nell, Pia Sophie
Product Type: Cases
Source: WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management
Publication Year: 2011

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Since September 2008 OSRAM runs a social business following the triple bottom line, which means that it has to be socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. The project, which provides light to regions that do not have power supply systems, was initiated at the Lake Victoria in Kenya. Using the latest technology and a totally new business model OSRAM is able to satisfy the needs of the poor, people who live at the bottom of the pyramid.

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The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

Author: Henriques, Diana
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Times Books
Publication Year: 2011

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Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history?

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Next Street, LLC

Authors: Ruback, Richard S.; Yudkoff, Royce
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Next Street was a for-profit business that aimed to increase the growth, profitability and success of its client companies, thereby enhancing economic development, wealth and job creation in the inner city.

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Acme Life Science Tools: To Sell or To Stay

Authors: Lee, Moses; Goldstein, Amy
Product Type: Cases
Source: Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan
Publication Year: 2011

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This case highlights the pressures faced by entrepreneurs when they take outside funds and have a diverse set of stakeholders. It showcases a situation where the decision-maker must balance multiple interests while seeking a solution that is fair to all. It also challenges students to consider how funding and management decisions impact investors, employees, and founders.

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The Sandbox: Creating a Bottom-Up Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Authors: Ghosh, Shikhar; Applegate, Lynda M.; Ghosh, Rhea; Kumar, Amar
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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The Sandbox, which started with an ostensibly simple mission--to provide the space and financial resources for local social entrepreneurs to test and scale innovative, high-impact ideas in a geographically-defined area--had, in three years, grown from a grant-making operation to an expansive network of eight integrated initiatives.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship: License to Operate (A, B)

Authors: Serafeim, George; Welch, Kyle
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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The case describes the challenges that Ultimate Fighting Championship faced as a result of regulatory opposition, public opinion, and loss of the license to operate.

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Oddo Securities - ESG Integration

Authors: Serafeim, George; Healy, Paul M.; Sesia, Aldo
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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The case describes the process of integrating environmental, social, and governance issues into valuation models and research analyst recommendations.

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BANEX and the ,,No Pago" Movement (A, B)

Authors: Cole, Shawn; Kempner, Baily Blair
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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This case examines Grassroots Capital's decision of whether or not to continue investing in a Bolivian microfinance bank that is suffering financial distress.

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Access to Finance

Authors: Cheng, Beiting; Ioannou, Ioannis; Serafeim, George
Product Type: Research Notes / Working Papers
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Corporate social responsibility may benefit society, but does it benefit the corporation? Indeed it does, according to a new study that shows how CSR can make it easier for firms to secure financing for new projects.

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Shell Nigeria: The WikiLeaks Cables

Authors: Sucher, Sandra J.; Henderson, Rebecca; Preble, Matthew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2011

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Among the thousands of WikiLeaks cables published by early 2011 were several that shed light on Royal Dutch Shell's operations in Nigeria...

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