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IKEA's Global Sourcing Challenge (A, B)

Indian Rugs and Child Labor

Authors: Bartlett, Christopher A.; Dessain, Vincent; Sjoman, Anders
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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Traces the history of IKEA's response to a TV report that its Indian carpet suppliers were using child labor. Describes IKEA's growth, including the importance of a sourcing strategy based on its close relationships with suppliers in developing countries...

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Phar-Mor, Inc.: Accounting Fraud, Litigation, and Auditor Liability

Authors: Buckless, Frank A.; Glover, Steven M.; Prawitt, Douglas F.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Prentice Hall
Publication Year: 2000

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This case discusses the accounting fraud that was successfully crafted by the upper management tier of Phar-Mor, Inc. Many upper level managers received prison sentences, and numerous legal claims against the retail company and its auditors, Coopers & Lybrand LLP, were made, the majority of which were settled out of court...

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Toys R Us Japan

Authors: Spar, Debora L.; MacKenzie, Jacqueline; Bures, Laura
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 1999

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Documents the American retailer's process of entry into the Japanese toy market. Discusses the history of Toys "R" Us in the United States as well as the history of the Japanese toy market, distribution, wholesaling, and retailing systems...

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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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Iggy's Bread of the World

Authors: Gendron, Alexis; Valley, Kathleen
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2000

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In January 1994, Igor and Ludmilla Ivanovic opened the doors of their bakery, Iggy's Bread of the World. This case describes their unusual mission statement and the way in which they try to bring a social consciousness mentality to a for-profit business...

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Starbucks Coffee Company

Authors: Stanley, Alison; Argenti, Paul A.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Publication Year: 2002

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This case traces the origins of Starbucks and its rapid growth through joint partnerships and diversified products, and its rapid expansion of retail cafes...

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Wal-Mart, 2005

Author: Yoffie, David B.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Publication Year: 2005

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Wal-Mart has been expanding, both domestically and internationally. This case covers recent developments at Wal-Mart, including new stores, new store formats, and international expansion. The learning objective of this case is: To look at strategy and competition in the discount retail environment.

 

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Private and Public Health Care for the Base of the Pyramid in Mexico

Authors: Chu, Michael; Garcia-Cuellar, Regina
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2007

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This case profiles a retail model for low-income markets and examines the role of private enterprise and profits in the health care of low-income populations, the creation of social value in commercial enterprises, and possible implications for public policy.

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Wal-Mart's Sustainability Strategy

Authors: Plambeck, Erica; Denend, Lyn
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford University
Publication Year: 2007

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Senior executives at Wal-Mart launched the company's new sustainability strategy in 2005. The case describes their efforts to keep environmental improvement tightly coupled with business values and profitability.

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Unilever in India: Hindustan Lever's Project Shakti--Marketing FMCG to the Rural Consumer

Authors: Rangan, V. Kasturi; Rajan, Rohithari
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2006

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With liberalization of India's economy and the opening up of markets to foreign multinationals such as Procter & Gamble, the Indian subsidiary of Unilever--Hindustan Lever Ltd. (HLL)--was under pressure to grow revenues and profits...

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