oikos Newsletter July 2017

09 July 2017 | Newsletters

We want you to be a part of the oikos 30th Anniversary Celebration! Join us from October 12th to the 14th in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Please fill out your application as soon as possible. We have already accepted members and alumni from several chapters and the spots are filling up quickly. The last deadline for us to select new participants is August 18th. Read more about the Anniversary Celebration on our website. In this Newsletter you can read about the FutureLab updates, find out how you can be an oikos Executive Board member, how you can be a part of the Central and Eastern European Regional Meeting in Baku (Azerbaijan), access the LEAP Advanced registration form, and meet Rocío Robinson, our new international... »

Publication of 2017 oikos Case Writing Competition finalists – 7 new free cases available

03 July 2017 | Articles

We just published the finalist cases of this year’s oikos Case Writing Competition! Whether you are a lecturer teaching courses in management, entrepreneurship or finance, or a student wanting to explore current sustainability challenges in your studies – these cases will provide fresh input to your classroom experience! Out of 13 finalists, 6 cases are now available for free as part of our oikos Free Case Collection. Inspection copies of 7 cases are available for download and can be purchased at the Case Centre very soon. Please find the links to all cases below. Free cases and inspection copies of last years’ winners are available here. Winners of the 2017 Competition Corporate Sustainability Track Free Case! 1st Prize The... »

Uber and the Ethics of Sharing: Exploring the Societal Promises and Responsibilities of the Sharing Economy

03 July 2017 | Cases

Abstract This case was written by Erin McCormick, Case Writer, under the supervision of N. Craig Smith, the INSEAD Chaired Professor of Ethics and Social Responsibility. It is intended to be used as a basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of an administrative situation.... »

The Fall of SunEdison – A Solar Eclipse?

19 June 2017 | Cases | Energy, Finance, Resources

Abstract In 2016, one of the largest renewable energy companies in the world, US-based SunEdison Inc., filed for bankruptcy when it couldn’t service the debt it had raised to achieve aggressive growth. SunEdison had had an illustrious past; it had grown to become the largest solar installation company in the US and a global  renewable energy giant. By 2016, solar power had attained grid parity in some parts of the world and solar was reaching its peak growth in the developed world. Governments from the developed world, which were boosting solar power through tax rebates and subsidies were rolling back their incentivization schemes and resorting to stricter guidelines for green project funding.. On the other hand, there was... »

A Burrito without integrity: Is this Chipotle for me?

19 June 2017 | Cases | Finance

Abstract This case, developed primarily from secondary sources, describes the founding of Chipotle Mexican Grill (Chipotle, hereafter) in 1993 by Steve Ells and its rapid ascent to popularity as a fast-casual restaurant based on its unique socially responsible Food with Integrity strategy. Under the leadership of founder-CEO Steve Ells and co-CEO Montgomery Moran, Chipotle outperformed the S&P 500 as well as its rivals since its IPO in 2006.  However, in 2015, the multiple food contamination outbreaks reversed its course, plunging its stock price to an all-time low. In spite of the prompt actions taken by Chipotle’s leadership, the company’s stock price did not regain its pre-scandal highs in the stock market. However, on September 6, 2016, news of... »

Ten Thousand Villages in Crisis: Can the Fair Trade Pioneer Survive and Flourish in an Economic Downturn?

Abstract This two-part case examines a major reorganization process which took place at Ten Thousand Villages Canada in 2013, as a response to severe challenges from the aftermath of the 2007-08 global financial crisis. Ten Thousand Villages is one of the oldest fair trade organizations in North America, whose history can be traced back to craft sales in 1946. The case was developed in close collaboration with managers and volunteers of Ten Thousand Villages Canada, as well as their producer partners in Kenya. The Part A case provides an overview of Ten Thousand Villages (e.g., history, producer partnerships, operation in Canada) and the financial challenges faced by the organization in 2013. Part A facilitates the discussion of how... »

Bridge International Academies

Abstract Bridge International Academy (Bridge), the world’s largest and fastest growing private school chain, is known for its radically innovative “Academy-in-a-Box” model, which is a scalable and easily replicable model that offers low cost unique solutions to the problem of quality education to children at the bottom of the pyramid. With the mission of providing ‘Knowledge for All’ Bridge has enrolled more than one hundred thousand students in Kenya and other developing countries. The unique model revolves around the developing of rigorous course content by expert teachers from around the world and the “Scripted Instruction Methodology” to ensure standardization of delivery in the classrooms. The model that delivers affordable education at about $6 a month needs to scale... »

Dharani: Nurturing the earth, fostering farmers’ livelihoods

Abstract Timbaktu Collective is a non-profit organization in southern India, working for the sustainable development of rural communities with an emphasis on ecological principles and social harmony. One of the core areas of its work is with small farmers in the region who remained marginalized in a fiercely competitive market dominated by large players. Inspired by its success with organic farming and in collectivizing rural people Timbaktu Collective promoted a business enterprise for procuring, processing and marketing the organic produce of farmer-members in the district of Anantapuramu. In 2008, Dharani Farming and Mutually Aided Co-operative Society Limited (Dharani) was started as a farmer owned, cooperative enterprise that procures and sells the members’ organic produce. This case discusses how... »

Refugee Labor Market Integration – An Impact Investment Case Study

Abstract The dislocation of millions of people in various conflict zones of the Middle East and Africa is one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of our time. Given the complexity of the issue, various ways of solving the associated challenges have been implemented; reaching from emergency camps in conflict zones to innovative integration services in host countries. With overloaded government processes and too little funding, it is of utmost importance to fund and scale up effective integration services. Successful integration depends to a large extent on promoting the required abilities to build a self- sustained life. As such, labor market integration of refugees becomes of crucial importance first and foremost for themselves, yet successful integration also bears major... »

Tongwei – Sustainability Entrepreneurship through Market-Political Ambidexterity

19 June 2017 | Cases

Abstract Tongwei Group (China) (hereinafter referred to as “Tongwei”), started as an aqua-feed (fish feed) producer in the 1980’s when the country was just beginning the economic opening up policy. The company’s world-leading technologies in aqua-feed and pet feed earned itself international reputation and political spotlight, and it was entitled as the country’s “Key Leading Enterprise in Agricultural Industrialization”. However, even with such a leading position in aqua-feed market, Tongwei decided to enter the photovoltaics (PV) energy industry in 2006, when solar energy industry was advocated as a booming strategic new industry in many regions in China. Did Tongwei, like many other Chinse private enterprises, simply rush to this industry with blindness? Or did it enter it with... »