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The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits

Author: Friedman, Milton
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers; Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Speeches
Source: The New York Times Magazine, September 13, 1970.
Publication Year: 1970

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"When I hear businessmen speak eloquently about the "social responsibilities of business in a free-enterprise system," it's obvious that they believe that they are defending free enterprise

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Doing Better at Doing Good: When, Why and How Consumers Respond to Corporate Social Initiatives

Authors: Bhattacharya, C.B.; Sen, Sankar
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2004

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Although companies are devoting significant resources to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, insights into the optimal formulation, implementation, and effectiveness estimation of CSR strategies are currently scarce. This article takes an in-depth look at when, why, and how CSR works from a consumer's perspective...

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The Zeebrugge Car Ferry Disaster (A)

Author: Boyd, Colin
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Saskatchewan
Publication Year: 1990

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On 6th March 1987 the Herald of Free Enterprise, the pride of the Townsend Thoresen ferry fleet, sank outside the Belgian port of Zeebrugge with the loss of 188 lives. The ship had sailed with its bow doors open. This case provides a remarkable and chilling insight into the management of a firm experiencing a catastrophic disaster...

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Productivity of Growing Global Energy Demand

A Microeconomic Perspective

Author: McKinsey Global Institute, The
Product Type: Policy and Issue Reports
Source: The McKinsey Global Institute
Publication Year: 2006

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To date, the global debate about energy has focused too narrowly on curbing demand. Instead, the best way to meet the challenge of growing global energy demand may be to focus on energy productivity, which reconciles both demand abatement and energy-efficiency.

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Everyday High Health Costs; One Giant's Struggle Is Corporate America's, Too

Author: Abelson, Reed
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2005

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Back in the spring, amid relentless criticism that Wal-Mart Stores was failing to provide affordable health care to employees, executives at the company decided to take a detailed look at its benefits. Wal-Mart knew its health costs were spiraling upward out of control, said M. Susan Chambers, the senior executive who led the initiative, but it was surprised to discover that its critics had a point...

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What Are Mergers Good For?

Author: Morgenson, Gretchen
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2005

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To most investors, mergers are the stock market's equivalent of catnip. Takeover bids typically provide a nice boost to investors' portfolios and confirm their stock-picking smarts. And to hear the executives orchestrating them tell it, they always produce greater profits at the combined company down the road...And yet, for all the profit and promise that mergers seem to hold, the truth about companies combining their operations is a darker one. Academic research suggests that few mergers add up to significantly more prosperous or successful companies...

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The End of Corporate Imperialism

Authors: Prahalad, C.K.; Lieberthal, Kenneth
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2003

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As they search for growth, multinational corporations will have no choice but to compete in the big emerging markets of China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil. Although it is still common to question how such corporations will change life in those markets, Western executives would be smart to turn the question around and ask how multinationals themselves will be transformed by these markets...

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A Road Map for Natural Capitalism

(Externalities Example 1: Resources and Pollution)

Authors: Lovins, Amory B.; Lovins, L. Hunter; Hawken, Paul
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 1999

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No one would run a business without accounting for its capital outlays. Yet most companies overlook one major capital component--the value of the earth's ecosystem services...

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Doing the Most Good for Your Company and Your Cause

Authors: Kotler, Phillip; Lee, Nancy
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: John Wiley & Sons
Publication Year: 2004

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Today, corporations are expected to give something back to their communities in the form of charitable projects. In Corporate Social Responsibility, the authors explain why charity is both good P.R. and good for business.

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Does Doing Good Always Lead to Doing Better?

Consumer Reactions to Corporate Social Responsibility

Authors: Sen, Sankar; Bhattacharya, C.B.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Marketing Research, American Marketing Association, v38, 2.
Publication Year: 2001

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In the face of marketplace polls that attest to the increasing influence of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on consumers' purchase behavior, this article examines when, how, and for whom specific CSR initiatives work.

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The Dubai Ports World Debacle and its Aftermath

Author: Rotemberg, Julio J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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DP World obtained clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States before P&O shareholders approved the deal in February 2006. Nonetheless, a ruckus over port security erupted both in Congress and in the press and this ruckus led DP World to promise that it would relinquish the U.S. terminals of P&O.

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For Business Ethics

Authors: Jones, Campbell; Parker, Martin; Ten Bos, Rene
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Routledge
Publication Year: 2005

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For Business Ethics is a daring adventure into the world of business ethics. It offers a clear and accessible introduction to business ethics and also expands business ethics beyond its current narrow confines...

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FedEx and Environmental Defense

Building a Hybrid Delivery Fleet

Authors: Plambeck, Erica; Hoyt, David W.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case discusses the obstacles in bringing a hybrid truck to market, the role of government in encouraging development of cleaner more fuel-efficient vehicles, and the role of Environmental Defense as a facilitator of positive corporate impact on the environment.

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The Value of Corporate Values

(strategy + business, issue 39, Spring 2005)

Authors: Van Lee, Reggie; Fabrish, Lisa; McGaw, Nancy
Product Type: Essays and Concept Papers
Source: The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program; Booz Allen Hamilton
Publication Year: 2005

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An Aspen Institute / Booz Allen Hamilton global survey of corporate behavior finds that leading companies are crafting a purpose drive identity...

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DVD: Architecture to Zucchini

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Product Type: Multimedia
Source: Arnold Creek Productions
Publication Year: 2005

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Architecture to Zucchini, a DVD, is an exploration of socially responsible businesses and the passionate leaders who drive them. These are the pioneers who have put the principles of sustainability to work. It features insights from leaders of nationally recognized organizations that serve industry, education, communities and government. Through interviews and tours, these pioneers reveal the impact of merging economic, social and environmental considerations in their business plans and operations. They share everything from lessons learned to the challenges they've faced – even the unexpected opportunities for strategic alliances, within and outside their industries.

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What Every Executive Needs to Know About Global Warming

(Externalities Example 2: Climate Change)

Authors: Packard, Kimberly O'Neill; Reinhardt, Forest
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2000

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Thanks to the development of the Kyoto Protocol--an international plan to limit carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases in the atmosphere--global warming is beginning to assume a prominent position on the agendas of business executives...

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Blue Ocean Strategy

How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

Authors: Kim, W. Chan; Mauborgne, Renée
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Harvard Business School Press
Publication Year: 2005

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Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any company can use to create and capture blue oceans. A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this book charts a bold new path to winning the future...

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E. Rachel Hubka (A, B)

Authors: Wattenberg, Laura M.; Meyer, Kathleen A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Business Enterprise Trust
Publication Year: 1996

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E. Rachel Hubka, general manager of a Chicago school bus company, has the opportunity to start her own bus business. Hubka hopes to tap a new labor pool and help her community by locating her business in an inner-city neighborhood that most business has abandoned.

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Interport-Kovel: Cargo Transhipment Terminal

Author: Batenko, Ludmila
Product Type: Cases
Source: Kiev State University of Economics
Publication Year: 1998

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This case describes a proposal to develop a cargo transhipment terminal at Kovel, Ukraine, with plans to link to the European transportation network. In the wake of the Ukraine's independence, there is general agreement around the social, economic and political goals of the project...

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Put Your Values to Work

Authors: McGaw, Nancy; Fabish, Lisa
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2006

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What does it take to nurture corporate values, embed values in everyday decisions, and reap the benefits...

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Chronos

Author:
Product Type: Exercises; Web Sites
Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development and University of Cambridge Programme for Industry 2003-2004
Publication Year: 2003

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Chronos is an exciting new e-learning tutorial on the business case for sustainable development...

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Guidelines for Social Return on Investment

Authors: Lingane, Alison; Olsen, Sara
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review Volume 46 No. 3, Spring, 2004
Publication Year: 2004

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Presents 10 standard guidelines for calculating social return on investment (SROI)--quantitative summaries of companies' social and environmental impacts, actual or projected.

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Socially Responsible Distribution: Strategies for Reaching the Bottom of the Pyramid

Authors: Vachani, Sushil; Smith, N. Craig
Product Type: Cases
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2008

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This article identifies how socially responsible distribution can be achieved by strategies that reduce costs, reinvent the distribution channel, or incorporate a long-term approach to investment.

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Dole to Make Banana and Pineapple Supply Chain Carbon Neutral

Author:
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: GreenBiz.com
Publication Year: 2007

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Dole Food Co. announced plans Friday to make its banana and pineapple supply chain carbon neutral...

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Vancom Transportation, Inc. (A, B)

Author: Barnes, Louis B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1994

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Describes the history and evolution of a school/public bus transit company that has grown rapidly and successfully by (gradually) pushing...

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World's 100 Most Sustainable Companies Announced at Davos

Author: GreenBiz.com
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: GreenBiz.com
Publication Year: 2006

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The 2006 "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" were announced at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos...

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Social Alliances: Company / Nonprofit Collaboration

Authors: Berger, Ida E.; Cunningham, Peggy H.; Drumwright, Minette E.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review, Volume 47, No. 1 Fall, 2004.
Publication Year: 2004

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Companies are increasingly seeing corporate social responsibility as a key to long-term success and are collaborating with nonprofit organizations in various ways to establish themselves as good corporate citizens...

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Executive Women and the Myth of Having It All

Author: Hewlett, Sylvia A.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review OnPoint
Publication Year: 2002

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When it comes to having a high-powered career and a family, the painful truth is that women in the United States don't "have it all." At midlife, in fact, at least a third of the country's high-achieving women--a category that includes high wage earners across a variety of professions--do not have children...

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Beyond Off-shoring: Assessing Your Company's Global Potential

Author: Farrell, Diana
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2004

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Companies have become aware that they can slash costs by offshoring: moving jobs to lower wage locations. However, few businesses have recognized the full scope of performance improvements that globalization makes possible, much less developed sound strategies for capturing those opportunities...

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The Emerging Era of Customer Advocacy

Author: Urban, Glen L.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review, Winter, 2004
Publication Year: 2004

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For decades, companies relied on push marketing to sell their products and services. Then, in the 1990s, the emphasis shifted to relationship marketing, as slogans such as "delight your customers" became the mantra of many marketers. But those tactics have been losing their effectiveness, particularly as the power of customers continues to grow...

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Sources of Environmentally Destructive Behavior: Individual, Organizational and Institutional Perspectives

Authors: Bazerman, Max H.; Hoffman, Andrew J.
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Research in Organizational Behavior, 21: 39-79 (1999).
Publication Year: 1999

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The question to consider is how individual and social behavior shape how the natural environment is perceived, and how individual, organizational, and institutional values perpetuate behavior that damages it.

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Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success

Authors: Hewlett, Sylvia A.; Buck Luce, Carolyn
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2005

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Most professional women step off the career fast track at some point. With children to raise, elderly parents to care for, and other pulls on their time, these women are confronted with one off-ramp after another...

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Managing Responsibility: What Can be Learned from the Quality Movement?

Authors: Waddock, Sandra; Bodwell, Charles
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2004

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For global companies that implement their codes of conduct within long supply chains, managing responsibility is increasingly starting to resemble managing quality...

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Management: Inventing and Delivering its Future

Beyond McGregor's Theory Y: Human Capital and Knowledge Based Work in the Twenty-First Century Organization

Authors: Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel; Kochan, Thomas A.; Orlikowski, Wanda
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Management: Inventing and Delivering Its Future, editors Thomas A. Kochan and Richard L. Schmalensee, Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2003
Publication Year: 2003

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The authors begin from the premise that human capital and knowledge are the most important sources of value for the 21st century organization, and examine several core differences between the assumptions which underlie the 20th and 21st century work organization...

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Global Companies, Global Society: There is a Better Way

Author: Adler, Nancy
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 11 (No. 3), pp. 255-260
Publication Year: 2002

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One of the clearest challenges of the 21st century is to create multinational organizations that support an economically vibrant and culturally diverse global society.

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Orangia Highways (A, B)

Authors: Eso, Peter; Klibanoff, Peter; Schmedders, Karl; Hunter, Graeme
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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The decision maker is in charge of procurement auctions at the department of transportation of Orangia (a fictitious U.S. state).

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Capitalism at the Crossroads

The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems

Author: Hart, Stuart L.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Wharton School Publishing
Publication Year: 2005

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Global capitalism stands at a crossroads—facing international terrorism, worldwide environmental change, and an accelerating backlash against globalization. Today's global companies are at a crossroads, too: finding new strategies for profitable growth has never been more challenging...

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The New York Times DealBook Blog

Author: Sorkin, Andrew Ross
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2006

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Daily news on mergers & acquisitions, I.P.O.'s, venture capital and more.

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What Matters Most: Corporate Values and Social Responsibility

Author: Hollender, Jeffrey
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review, Volume 46, No. 4, Summer, 2004
Publication Year: 2004

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There are still some who consider the phrase "socially responsible business" a contradiction in terms and who feel that the notion of corporate social responsibility is merely a trend and intrinsically suspect. Other believe...

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Global Warming: A Drag on Businesses

Author: Ahmad, Aftab
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: Dawn (Pakistan's widely circulated English newspaper)
Publication Year: 2006

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If global warming intensifies, there will be more heat-related deaths and more damage to crops and livestock as a result of droughts...

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Handbook on Responsible Leadership and Governance in Global Business

Corporate Responsibility, Accountability, and Stakeholder Relationships: Will Voluntary Action Suffice?

Authors: Doh, Jonathan P.; Stumpf, Stephen A.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication Year: 2005

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Ethics, social responsibility, leadership, governance. These terms are heard in the classroom, in the boardroom, and viewed on the front page of newspapers and magazines. Yet serious attention to the relationships among these concepts is lacking...

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Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Authors: Collins, Jim; Porras, Jerry I.
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Year: 2002

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Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?"

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Car Sharing In Barcelona: Avancar

Authors: Lago, A.; Martinez de Albeniz, V.; Alegre, M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: IESE Business School
Publication Year: 2009

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Avancar started offering car sharing services in Barcelona in 2004. As Avancar kept growing, it had the possibility of modifying the design of the service process and the management of its capacity. This was especially important since some traditional rental companies were launching similar services in the city.

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Governance and Sustainability

Authors: Petschow, Ulrich; Rosenau, James; Von Weizsacker, Ernst-Ulrich
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Greenleaf Publishing
Publication Year: 2005

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‘Governance and Sustainability' examines the possibilities of integrating the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development within the framework of governance processes and how that might steer societies towards sustainability...

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DHL's Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives: The Disaster Management Program

Authors: Gupta, V.; Perepu, I.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2008

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The case discusses the disaster management programmes at the leading logistics company, DHL.

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U.S. Air Force, Whole Foods Top EPA List of Renewable Energy Users

Author: GreenBiz.com
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: ClimateBiz.com
Publication Year: 2005

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The Green Power Top 25 list is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's annual ranking of American companies, organizations, and government institutions that have voluntarily bought the most renewable energy and are part of the EPA Green Power Partnership...

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Donna Bookout-Coe

Authors: Grousbeck, H. Irving; Ellis, Jim
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2006

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Donna is an accomplished woman with a great deal of experience in the towing industry. This case deals with ethics, discipline, decision-making, and presents four vignettes faced by Donna and by many managers working in similar labor-intense businesses.

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Taming the Giant Corporation

Authors: Nader, Ralph; Green, Mark; Seligman, Joel
Product Type: Books / Book Chapters
Source: Norton; 1st ed. (1976)
Publication Year: 1976

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"Taming the Corporation" aims to go beyond exposé to galvanize discussion, insight and strategic thinking about how to subordinate corporate power to the will and interests of the people.

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The Business of Green: A Special Section

Author: The New York Times
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles; Web Sites
Source: The New York Times
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A special New York Times section on Green Business: Businesses are going green for many reasons, not just to enhance their image. Some are seeking a competitive advantage...

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The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS

Author: Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Product Type: Web Sites
Source: Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Publication Year: 2006

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The GBC is the pre-eminent organization leading the business fight against HIV/AIDS...

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