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A New Team Face

A marketing team, asked to compile a marketing deck in response to an urgent request by the head of a business, has completed the task. Still the team leader is concerned about the dynamics he observed during the meeting of his marketing group team. He has noticed that a recent recruit to the team, an African American, is being ignored when he contributes to the discussion although his ideas are s ...

A Note on Sexual Harassment

This technical note, revised in 2004, discusses sexual harassment, its definition (including the two main definitions, quid pro quo and hostile environment), legal issues, and background. Included in the note are statistics compiled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on incidents of sexual harassment and key Supreme Court rulings on the issue, including Meritor Savings Bank, FSB ...

Abbott and the AIDS Crisis (A)

In 1999, the 20-year-old AIDS crisis had ravaged many developing countries and, in particular, on the continent of Africa. Of the estimated 33.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 1998, almost two-thirds (22 million) were in sub-Saharan Africa, considered the "global epicenter" of the disease. Already 12 million had died, and life expectancy in the region plummeted from 62 years to 4 ...

Abbott and the AIDS Crisis (B)

In 1999 and 2000, Abbott Laboratories' senior management considered a number of philanthropic options that could make a difference and define the focus for Abbott and the Abbott Fund's charitable programs. Although the cause was humanitarian, it was considered important that the programs align strategically with Abbott's leadership in the HIV/AIDS arena. The Abbott Fund officially launched the Pro ...

Abbott and the AIDS Crisis (C): What Lies Ahead?

The partnership between Abbott and the government of Tanzania continued to flourish. As a demonstration of Abbott's long-term commitment to Tanzania, in 2007, the Abbott Fund opened its first office outside Abbott headquarters in Illinois. The new office in Dar es Salaam, led by Divisional Vice President Christy Wistar, oversaw the expanding number of philanthropic projects in Tanzania. In June 20 ...

Albina Ruiz and "Healthy City"

Industrial engineering student Albina Ruiz was disturbed by the trash she saw around her in Lima, Peru. It was the late 1980s, and uncollected trash was a huge problem for many of the poorer urban areas, creating health problems and contaminating the city's water supply. Foul odors and toxic fumes emanated from the piles of trash, which were breeding grounds for rats and diseases such as cholera. ...

And Now The Hard Part: Role-Plays

"The diversity lady has a label on her forehead and talks about the standard message," one senior executive at a large corporation said. "It's the same message we got 20 years ago. We do it annually but employees never get any of that. I've never had a diversity talk to my staff." Traditional diversity initiatives generally focus on specific dimensions of difference such as gender, race, sexual or ...

Bacardi Southampton (C): The German Paragon

The Bacardi Southampton case series (A - D) follows the transition from a push-based supply chain to an agile, pull-based system. The (C) case is a one-page situation about the old paragon of operational thinking to let students know that Tradall has approved a new low-proof production facility for European demand, and it will be run contradictory to Southampton agile methods: long production runs ...

BHP Billiton and Mozal (A)

BHP Billiton, the world's largest diversified resource company at the start of the 21st century, began a feasibility study in 1995 for building an aluminum smelter project in the Maputo province in southern Mozambique?one of the world's poorest countries that was hampered by fragile legal, financial, and health, safety, environmental, and community institutional structures and capacity. BHP Billit ...

BHP Billiton and Mozal (B)

BHP Billiton began construction of Phase 1 of the Mozal aluminum smelter in 1998. Because of the challenges that the community presented, BHP Billiton and its partners created the Mozal Community Development Trust (MCDT), which worked to improve the infrastructure, social services, and health care of the community. During the two construction phases, the project contributed more than USD160 millio ...

Charles Pratt and the First Nations University (A)

Can you imagine stepping up to lead an organization in the midst of crisis? In the A case, a professor of business administration at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) has submitted his r?sum? at the close of an assembly meeting to be considered along with five others to take over the role of interim president. As he waits for the decision, he thinks about the situation ahead of him. ...

Charles Pratt and the First Nations University (B)

Can you imagine stepping up to lead an organization in the midst of crisis? In the A case, a professor of business administration at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) has submitted his r?sum? at the close of an assembly meeting to be considered along with five others to take over the role of interim president. As he waits for the decision, he thinks about the situation ahead of him. ...
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