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Benziger Family Winery

EMS Development and Implementation

Authors: Silverman, Murray; Lanphar, Tom
Product Type: Cases
Source: San Francisco State University, College of Business
Publication Year: 2003

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Matt Atkinson, Ranch Manager at Benziger Family Winery, was overseeing the development of the winery's environmental management system (EMS). It was February, 2003 and Matt and Chris had already invested countless hours in the EMS, which was being developed with assistance from the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Through their EMS Winery Pilot Project, Cal/EPA hoped to design an EMS template that eventually could be made available to other wineries. Matt and Chris had to decide whether to aggressively pursue ISO 14001 certification...

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Lucent Technologies

Author: Kochan, Thomas A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Rebuilding the Social Contract at Work: Lessons from Leading Cases, Institute for Work and Employment Research, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Publication Year: 1999

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Lucent was created in 1994 as part of AT&T's tri-vestiture. This case focuses on the dilemma faced by a new company that inherited a labor-management consultation structure developed by AT&T, a structure that has broken down in many respects, and that does not seem adequate to the challenges of the new company in a new and highly competitive market...

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The CDC and the Mantookan Blood Supply: A Tough Management Decision

Authors: Reeves, Terrie C.; Copper, Stuart A.; McGee, Gail W.; Liang, Arthur P.
Product Type: Cases
Source: North American Case Research Journal; The Laurier Institute
Publication Year: 1999

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This case is based on an actual event that occurred at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. Dan Hatcher, M.D., Director of the Epidemiology Program Office at the CDC, received information that Dr. Jonathon Myongo, a Preventive Medicine Resident at the CDC and a citizen of Mantooka, Africa, published a disturbing article in two Mantookan newspapers...

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SK-II China: Managing Public Relations

Author: Roberts, John
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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This case helps students to appreciate the complexity in resolving PR crisis in international markets. It also helps them to understand the profound impact one PR crisis can have on even the most established brands.

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Lightworks Optics

Authors: Lawrence, Anne T.; Mathews, Anthony
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business Publishing
Publication Year: 2008

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The firm was meeting to grapple with a thorny issue—whether or not to expand their production capability and, if so, where. Early in its history, LightWorks had set up an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, under which employees gradually built up equity in the closely-held firm.

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UBS and Climate Change: Warming Up to Global Action?

Authors: Oberholzer-Gee, Felix; Reinhardt, Forest; Raabe, Elizabeth A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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The teaching purpose of this case is to decide whether UBS should go beyond its legal obligations to help mitigate climate change.

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Spiegel-Verlag Rudolf Augstein GmbH & Co. KG

Authors: Villalonga, Belen; Beyersdorfer, Daniela; Dessain, Vincent
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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Spiegel's unique ownership structure and corporate governance, and its impact on a concrete business decision, highlights the benefits and costs of employee ownership in a family firm, and the tools available for aligning the interests of family and employee shareholders.

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The Shanghai Property Market and Hong Kong Developers

(Problems of Expectations Example: Market Bubbles)

Authors: Enright, Michael; Mak, Vincent
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2004

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Once considered Asia's most important economic city, Shanghai had by 2003 re-emerged as a vibrant and vital metropolis. It had become the leading centre for commerce, finance and transportation in the Chinese Mainland, as well as a major manufacturing centre...

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Sally Jameson: Valuing Stock Options in a Compensation Package

Authors: Tufano, Peter; Lewittes, Michael
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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Details a thinly disguised situation faced by a recent Harvard MBA graduate who was forced by a prospective employer to place a dollar value on a grant of stock options.

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Sloan & Harrison: Non-Equity Partner Discontent

Authors: Groysberg, Boris; Sherman, Eliot
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2008

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The law firm, Sloan & Harrison, was dealing with some discontent among its junior non-equity partners.

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GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited

The “Tuangou” Challenge

Authors: Yen, Benjamin; Lee, Andrew
Product Type: Cases
Source: Source Asia Case Research Center, University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2006

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In 2006, GOME faced the challenge of tuangou, or group purchase. In order to amass bargaining power to demand discounts from retailers, consumers with similar needs in China united through the Internet and showed up en masse at retailers at pre-arranged times and dates.

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Cofidis

Author: Wathieu, Luc
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2001

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An offspring of French catalog marketer 3 Suisses, and a popular sponsor of Tour de France, Cofidis sells consumer credit over the phone, defying conventional banking with a product policy and a communication strategy that perfectly fits the company's comparative (dis)advantages...

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Kendall Square Research Corp.

Author: McFarlan, F. Warren
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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Kendall Square Research was a small competitor in the supercomputer industry. Analysts forecast higher earnings for 1993, then the company's revenue recognition practices were questioned and the answers were devastating. This case discuses revenue recognition practices of new entrants to the computer industry and appropriate standards for auditors of the reports of such companies.

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Costume Rentals, LLC

Authors: Kunkemueller, Laura; Oster, Sharon M.; Garstka, Stanley J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Yale School of Management, The Program on Social Enterprise
Publication Year: 2003

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Costume Rentals, LLC (CR) has many issues to resolve in deciding whether or not to partner with another theater...

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Leading through Negotiation: Harnessing the Power of Gender Stereotypes

Author: Kray, Laura J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2007

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With the controversy surrounding Larry Summers' comments about innate differences between men and women as a backdrop, examines whether and when gender differences exist in the competitive negotiation arena.

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Sustainable Packaging Practices at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Author: Purkayastha, Debapratim
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2008

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This case is about Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, a UK-based manufacturer and marketer of ethical beauty products with nearly 500 stores worldwide.

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Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Authors: Paine, Lynn S.; Weber, James
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2004

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Describes the evolution and passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 from the perspective of the senior counsel on capital markets for the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services...

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AccuForm: Ethical Leadership and Its Challenges in the Era of Globalization

Authors: Woo, Claudia H.L.; Wong, Raymond; Lau, Amy
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Hong Kong
Publication Year: 2006

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AccuForm, a German-Hong Kong joint venture specializing in the production of chemical coatings for application to garments, is confronted with a situation where an unauthorized Chinese manufacturer had stolen one of AccuForm's experimental coatings, applied it to their own brand of clothing, and sold it to the public as an AccuForm product.

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Union Carbide, Bhopal

December 3, 1984

Authors: Vermeulen, F.; Bennett, M.; Burke, J.
Product Type: Cases
Source: London Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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The case highlights how a multitude of factors contributed to the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, in 1984; issues of managerial control, prevailing elements of the organisation's culture, personnel policies, structure and routines.

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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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Capitec Bank: Low-Cost Banking for Joe Average

Authors: Mosala, T.; Townsend, S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Wits Business School - University of the Witwatersrand
Publication Year: 2007

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Capitec Bank, which began specializing in microlending, expands services to its entry level clients. This case discusses how to increase its target market, and change the Bank's image to an all service bank.

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The Fall of United Western Bank

Authors: Gupta, V.; Chakraborty, I.
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2007

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The case describes the growth and collapse of United Western Bank Limited (UWBL), a private sector commercial bank in India. Since the late 1990s, UWBL was facing several problems including asset-liability mismanagement, inefficient management of bank's assets, irregular transactions with some of its major shareholders like Makharia Group, and conflicts between the bank's major shareholders regarding the ownership of the bank and poor governance.

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British Petroleum (PLC) and John Browne: A Culture of Risk Beyond Petroleum (A, B)

Authors: Bryant, M.; Hunter, T.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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The year 2007 had to have been one of the worst in the history of British Petroleum plc (BP). In the span of four months, two separate independent reports (the first one commissioned by BP itself) had identified a deeply rooted 'culture of risk' within BP where money and profits were valued above worker and environmental safety.

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Outsourcing at Any Cost?

Author: Friedland, Julian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Leeds School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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Do corporations ever have a moral obligation not to outsource?

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Qantas Airlines: Twitter Nosedive

Authors: Seijts, Jana; Bigus, Paul
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2013

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The executive of Government and Corporate Affairs at Qantas Airlines faced a communication situation that was spiraling out of control. By the second day, nearly 15,000 people worldwide had used social media to vent their frustrations with the airline. The executive needs to devise a plan of action, before additional damage is incurred by one of Australia’s strongest brands.

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Catamount Energy and the Glebe Mountain Wind Farm – Clean Energy versus NIMBY

Author: Letovsky, Robert
Product Type: Cases
Source: St. Michaels College
Publication Year: 2005

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The case presents the arguments both for and against wind generated electricity, or turbine wind farms. This debate is taking place as the state of Vermont considers placement of a wind turbine farm in the mountains of the state.

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Meridco Magnesium

International Technology Transfer, The French Perspective, The Canadian Perspective, The American Perspective

Authors: Cole, Ken; Bansal, Pratima
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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Meridco Magnesium is an international automotive parts supplier of magnesium die-cast components with manufacturing plants in Canada, the United States and France. The company has a strong market position in North America; however, two out of the three plants are not performing well...

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BP Alternative Energy International Ltd: The Birth of BP Wind Energy

Authors: Kaufmann, L; Ehrgott, M; Feldhues, M; Frank, F; Kaltzakorta, A; Wilms, E
Product Type: Cases
Source: WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management
Publication Year: 2007

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This case study takes place in the wind energy market and presents the strategic market entry options of BP (British Petroleum) Alternative Energy.

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IKEA: Past, Present, and Future

Authors: Denison, D.; Lief, C
Product Type: Cases
Source: IMD - International Institute for Management Development
Publication Year: 2008

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Ingvar Kamprad's childhood experiences informed his approach not only to furniture retailing, but more broadly to life.

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Migros: Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy (A, B)

Authors: Hamprecht, Jens; Corsten, Daniel
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of St. Gallen; London Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Migros had already succeeded in many project phases regarding their purchase of sustainable palm oil for their products. How were they to ensure that not only the environment but also Migros benefited from the project? The Migros board had already invested significant sums. By Monday morning, it demanded to be informed on the further project steps...

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Reflexite Corporation

An Employee-Owned Company

Author: Rosenthal, David
Product Type: Cases
Source: Case Research Journal
Publication Year: 2009

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In March, 2007, Michael Foley, Chief Executive Officer of Reflexite Corporation, had to decide whether to proceed with a change in the company’s employee stock ownership plan. Foley, still in his first year as CEO, pondered the situation: the employees had spoken, but when the man who had built the company strongly objected, shouldn’t one listen?

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E+Co & Tecnosol, Nicaragua

Authors: Baron, Scott; Weinmann, George; Prahalad, C.K.
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Michigan Business School
Publication Year: 2003

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In Nicaragua, where nearly fifty percent of the population is “off the grid,” E+Co's investment in solar energy provider Tecnosol means people can have refrigeration, lights, running water, and jobs.

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China in Africa: The Case of Sudan

Authors: Abrami, Regina M.; Ajambo, Eunice
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2008

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This case examines the relation between China's demand for resources and political risk.

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Wal-Mart in Europe

Authors: Gay, Louisa; Trumbull, Gunnar
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2004

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Follows Wal-Mart's widespread difficulties in translating their business model into the German retail market.

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Knowledge Management at Sasol: Learning Each Lesson Only Once

Authors: Duffy, N.; Murray, T.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Wits Business School - University of the Witwatersrand
Publication Year: 2007

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This case considers the implementation of knowledge management to all strategic business units, key to the global strategy of Sasol.

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Customers' Revenge

Authors: Ariely, Dan; Farmer, Tom; Bennett, Nate; Martin, Chris; Fein, Nancy; Libai, Barak
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business Review
Publication Year: 2007

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Venerable Detroit automaker Atida Motors has a new call center in Bangalore that the company hopes will raise its reputation for customer service. But it doesn't appear to be doing so yet.

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Portico, S.A.

Authors: Saklad, Hunter; Diener, Betty
Product Type: Cases
Source: The World Resources Institute
Publication Year: 1994

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Portico, S.A., located in Heredia, Costa Rica, manufactured high-end residential exterior-use mahogany doors for export to home center chains in the United States such as Home Depot. Portico was trying to decide, as it added oak to its product line...

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Models of Corporate Governance: Who's the Fairest of Them All?

Authors: Larcker, David F.; Tayan, Brian
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2008

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This case is intended for use as an introduction to corporate governance (in the U.S. and internationally) or as a synopsis of global governance issues.

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Crescent Standard Investment Bank Limited - Governance Failure

Author: Ahmed, M.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2008

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The Crescent Standard Investment Bank Limited (CSIBL) was the largest investment bank quoted on all the stock exchanges in Pakistan, so when it declared a huge loss of Rs2.1 billion (US$35.5 million) for the year December 31, 2005 the market was taken by surprise.

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Best Buy's Results Only Work Environment: Changing the Productivity Paradigm?

Author: Regani, S
Product Type: Cases
Source: ICMR Center for Management Research
Publication Year: 2007

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This case discusses a workplace programme called the 'Results Oriented Work Environment' (ROWE) implemented by US based electronics retailer Best Buy in 2003-2004.

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W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. in 1998

Authors: Manz, Charles C.; Shipper, Frank
Product Type: Cases
Source: Frank Shipper, Charles C. Manz
Publication Year: 1998

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On July 26, 1976, bursting with resolve, Jack Dougherty, a newly minted MBA, from the College of William and Mary, reported for his first day at W. L. Gore & Associates.

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The Children's Investment Fund, 2005

Authors: Cohen, Randolph B.; Sandbulte, Joshua B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2006

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TCI, The Children's Investment Fund, is a London-based hedge fund. The firm donates a significant fraction of the fees it earns to a charitable foundation. In 2005, TCI took a large stake in Deutsche Borse, the stock exchange in Frankfurt. Its battle with management disrupted a proposed merger and caused the CEO to exit. Addresses a variety of issues in the investments business, including: How do stock pickers create value? What are the benefits of long-term vs. short-term orientation, buying vs. selling short, and a generalist vs. a specialist approach? What is the role of shareholder activism in corporate governance? Do the investment business and charitable giving mix?

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Corporate Social Responsibility at Banco Santander Central Hispano (A)

Authors: Cabrera Izquierdo, Angel; Angel, Adriana
Product Type: Cases
Source: Instituto de Empresa
Publication Year: 2004

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This case discusses the evolution of Banco Santander Central Hispano's social contributions from a set of ad-hoc actions to a co-ordinated strategic plan. It describes current investments and challenges in social corporate responsibility, including the communication of the change.

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Selectpower - Green Energy in Ontario

Authors: Klassen, Robert; Merchant, Arif
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2007

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Limited resources were forcing Selectpower's CEO to make some tough decisions about two important investment opportunities: its growing wind-derived electricity business; or the nascent geothermal business. Both options offered clear environmental benefits to customers, although the strategic value and immediate financial return to green energy retailer were less clear.

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Bidco Looks to the African Markets for Growth

Author: Mayaka, Charles
Product Type: Cases
Source: United States International University
Publication Year: 2006

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It was business as usual at the factory yard in March 2003, but not for Mr. Vimal Shah, the CEO of Bidco Oil Refineries in Thika, Kenya. Standing at the window of his expansive first floor office, Vimal hardly noticed the frenzied activities taking place down below, where truckload after truckload of products left for different destinations in Kenya. His mind was busy going over the two proposals sitting on his desk...

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Longcloud

Languages in Cyberspace

Authors: Faulk, Saskia; Usunier, Jean-Claude
Product Type: Cases
Source: University of Lausanne
Publication Year: 2006

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Longcloud Marketing Director Sarah Elder is looking for a website update in order to target new markets and present on-line offers in different languages. This case deals with both e-commerce and language / culture issues in an international business-to-business context.

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John Mackey and Whole Foods Market

Authors: Koehn, Nancy F.; Miller, Katherine
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2007

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This case discusses the rapidly growing business of organic foods, analyzes entrepreneurial agency in the context of a young market, and examines the role of social as well as organizational leadership in the 21st century.

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Online File Sharing: The Music Industry's Paradigm Shift

Authors: Lennon, Timothy; Diamond, Leslie; Jelassi, Tawfik
Product Type: Cases
Source: ENPC School of International Management
Publication Year: 2004

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This case study should help to look at how established industries respond to threats, and to consider the complexity of the value chain between the original producer of a product (the writer or performer) and the end user - the consumer, who buys the CDs and merchandise.

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RBC Financial Group - The Equator Principles in Qatargas II LNG Project

Authors: Klassen, Robert; Gancberg, Matias
Product Type: Cases
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business
Publication Year: 2009

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The Royal Bank of Canada was a potential participant in a syndicated loan for a project financing venture in Qatar. The project would extract and process liquid natural gas there and transport it to the United Kingdom market. Two basic questions remained: does the Qatargas II Project make sense to RBC as it attempts to balance economic, environmental and social performance, and do the Equator Principles provide a competitive advantage?

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Felipe Vergara and Lumni: Launching an Innovation in a Developing Economy

Authors: Glinska, Gosia; Parmar, Bidhan; Sarasvathy, Saras D.; Venkataraman, S.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Darden School of Business
Publication Year: 2006

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The case chronicles the development of Lumni, Inc, an international start-up offering innovative mechanisms for financing higher education.

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