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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... »