Hunghom Peninsula in Hong Kong (A), (B) & (C): A Realistic Call for Corporate Social Responsibilities

30 June 2010 | Cases | Management

Case abstract Hunghom Peninsula was a residential building complex with a superior location in Hong Kong.  The harbour-view flats were originally built under the government’s abandoned Private Sector Participation Scheme, a program intended to provide affordable housing for middle-class residents. Fears by wealthy land owners and developers that the scheme would erode property values in a shrinking market led the government to abandon the subsidized housing scheme altogether in 2002. The two developers, New World Development Company Limited (NWD) and Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP), Hong Kong’s two biggest developers which had been engaged in the construction of Hunghom, subsequently came forward to take ownership of Hunghom Peninsula. After taking the project, the consortium announced the demolition... »

Good Water: Standing on Holy Ground

30 June 2010 | Cases | Resources

Case Abstract By 2009, New Zealand businessman and Good Water CEO, Grant Hall, was one year into his five year plan to achieve his nirvana vision of a closed loop system. He wanted to sell water in bottles made from local biomass, with the used bottle waste separated, recycled into plant pottles, allowed to biodegrade to support new plant-life and sources of biomass for further production of water bottles. To make his plan a reality, Good Water and competitors who took up the Good Water project challenge of using plant-based plastic (PLA) bottles for their products, needed to ramp up volume considerably. Doing so would create demand for a local biomass supply and incentivise the infrastructure needed for... »

ALTIS – A Microfinance Startup in Nepal

30 June 2010 | Cases | Entrepreneurship, Finance

Case Abstract This case describes the issues and dilemmas facing a social entrepreneur in his efforts to initiate a microfinance operation in the rural agricultural areas of Nepal. Although Nepal government supports microfinance models, a recent civil war severely disrupted government services and worsened poverty.  The case covers the recent history of Nepal, the condition of the country’s capital markets, the ALTIS concept and the competitive landscape. Sanjay is seeking to establish the microfinance enterprise to serve the rural agriculture regions of Nepal, where little to nothing has been done to serve the poor. Sanjay possesses much of the expertise, a high level of motivation and many key stakeholder relationships to help him establish the microfinance enterprise. He... »

Farmstar Goes Global: Corporate Entrepreneurship Bringing Sustainable Value Innovation to Agribusinesses

30 June 2010 | Cases | Consumption

Case Abstract In 2006 Infoterra France was created as a subsidiary of European aerospace group EADSAstrium to develop and commercialise earth observation satellite technologies with partners Arvalis. Among these was the precision agriculture product – Farmstar. Farmstar provides farmers with recommendations throughout the growing season and enabled subscribers to manage their crops with unprecedented precision. Research began in 1996 and by 2009, 30 agricultural cooperatives representing almost 9,000 farmers and some 400,000 hectares of land, had adopted the service. By 2008 with Farmstar, Infoterra-Arvalis had captured a near monopoly of the rapidly growing market in France. This joint-venture had succeeded where many other companies had tried and failed. The technology’s potential was enormous but could they now grow... »

Business Model Innovation by Better Place: A Green Ecosystem for the Mass Adoption of Electric Cars

Case Abstract Shai Agassi started Better Place with the ambition of setting up an ecosystem – including a ‘smart grid’ of charging stations and battery swapping facilities – for electric vehicles. These charging stations were to be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources to eliminate indirect emissions due to the operation of electric cars. Better Place also partnered with governments, parking lot operators, and companies to install charging stations. This ecosystem was expected to eliminate the barriers to the mass adoption of electric cars for personal transportation. This case discusses the innovative business model of Better Place, which proposed to offer transportation services to consumers through miles per month subscription plans, with the cost of the electric... »

Workshops And Their Role

10 February 2010

It is crucial for teachers to only use the most updated information possible when involved in their teaching. Workshops that focus on transforming the learning curve and the teaching process itself are some of the most noteworthy. The Problems With Teacher Workshops The main problem with the majority of these workshops is the fact that they primarily concentrate on the theoretical aspects of all maters which often times are impossible to put into practice under normal class conditions. Hence the frustration of many. Good teachers should find ways of introducing the new strategies, but also of switching the right gears whenever unavoidable problems rise. Course follow-up is also a huge must for the wheels to spin just right.... »

Annual Report 2009

22 July 2009 | Annual Reports

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Trevor Field and The PlayPumps of Africa

30 June 2009 | Cases | Development, Resources

Case Abstract The water crisis in the African countries is quite severe with two out of five people lacking access to improved water supply. The implication of this problem goes beyond diseases and deaths due to water-related disease. Particularly in peri-urban and rural areas, women and girls have to commute long distances (up to 8 kilometres) and spend hours collecting water from water sources that could be contaminated. Touched by the hardship faced by these people, Trevor Field (Field) a UK-born advertising professional who had immigrated to South Africa, sought to do something to address this problem. In the late-1980s, he chanced upon a child’s roundabout (merry-go-round) fitted with a pump that could pump water as it turned.... »

TATA Power: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Case Abstract The case describes the strategic dilemma involved while taking the decision on the ‘modus operate’ of CSR department for one of the leading Indian MNCs (‘Tata Power Company’ from Tata Group of Companies). TPC had undertaken the CSR activities for decades reflecting the company’s commitment towards sustainable energy generation without undue compromise to human and environmental development. These activities were undertaken as the voluntary initiative by the employees of TPC and there was no separate entity as ‘CSR department’ as of now. However with the large scale expansion, the need to have CSR as a separate entity was felt. The dilemma for the decision manager (Col. Prakash Tewari) was whether to go for separate CSR department... »

Sustainability Amidst Uncertainty: Columbia Forest Products’ Pursuit of Sustainability in a Changing Market

30 June 2009 | Cases

Case Abstract From its humble beginnings as a small shuttered plywood mill, Columbia Forest Products has grown to be one of the largest players in the U.S. hardwood plywood products market. This case follows the company’s introduction of a new sustainable plywood product in an extremely competitive and economically challenging market place. At the point in the case, the construction of new homes had fallen across the United States. The fate of Columbia Forest Products (CFP) was tightly bound to the US housing market.  CFP has over a 40% market share in hardwood plywood products, most of which go into new home construction.  Further, over the past three years, CFP has embarked on a journey into sustainability.  This... »