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Parmar, Bidhan L.

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A Framework for Improving Organizational Interventions

This technical note analyzes and explores frameworks for improving interventions in organizations. Organizations are complex ecosystems of assumptions, artifacts, and interactions. By understanding how the current system is arranged and recognizing the broader impacts of any intervention, leaders can make more impactful and lasting changes to their organizations. Any framework is only as good as t ...

Clarence Hall University and the Donation

Annalisa McGann, chair of London's prestigious Clarence Hall University, together with the university's board, must make a decision about whether to return a large monetary donation from the Natour Charitable Foundation, which was founded and run by a recent graduate who was also the son of the leader of a corrupt, authoritarian regime in an oil-rich region. Almost two-thirds of the money had alre ...

Fiddler Livestock Company

A ranching family, owner of the Fiddler Livestock Company, faces an important decision. A loan was coming due and to convince the banks to refinance the loan, the family needed to bring in substantially more money, and quickly. Its revenue-increasing options included opening an endangered species reserve, leasing ranch land for oil drilling, or expanding livestock production. The fate of the ranch ...

Going Flat: Pursuit of a Democratic Organizational Structure

A 2010 MBA graduate explored her options for full-time employment. She found the Ethical Business Company (EBC) and was instantly intrigued. Not only did the company consult on many of the ethical issues that were important to her, but it also had a flat organizational structure. Although it was a riskier choice than going with a larger and more established firm, she was excited about being able t ...

How to Better Frame Problems

Before managers can solve problems or take advantage of opportunities that may arise in their businesses, they must frame those problems or opportunities. Typically, leaders identify and frame problems intuitively and without much conscious deliberation. Framing problems is more an art than a science. It is also profoundly linked with the way our brains work, especially the intuitive processes ...

PETWORLD

According to PETWORLD financials, the year 2012 had seen a dip in sales, fewer people coming into its stores, and comparable store sales that were weaker than expected. Competition in the pet-care market was increasingly fierce with a variety of players, big and small, fighting for market share. The industry itself had changed rapidly in just a few years, and its continued growth and financial suc ...

"Make Mine a Russian Short-Hair, and Hold The Allergies Please."

Having successfully completed the cloning of a cat, this case discusses the market for pet cloning, specifically allergen-free cats. The case looks at pet cloning from the perspectives of (1) an animal rights activist, (2) a pet lover, and (3) an individual allergic to cats. It also explores the business potential involved in this area. ...

An Introduction to Ethics

This technical note provides an introduction to the some of the key concepts of ethics relevant to business. ...

Differences and Diversity Issues: Selected Vignettes

In an ever-changing world, certain topics?such as sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and gender?still are hot-button items for many people. This series of vignettes covers many diversity topics, primarily in the workplace, and should promote engaging and intense debate. In reading them, students should try to see each vignette from the different perspectives presented. ...

Facebook (A)

Facebook was one of the many social networking Web sites (such as MySpace.com) that launched in 2004. A free-access site that allowed users to connect and interact with other people, Facebook was immensely popular, having millions of active users. Of course, putting questionable content on one's Facebook page could become a source of embarrassment. In this case, consulting firm manager Miranda Sha ...

Facebook (B)

Miranda Shaw had decided to do a Google search on the two finalists for the open position in her company. Based on the photos she saw on her preferred applicant's Facebook page, she decided to hire the other applicant, whose Internet search returned no controversial results. But Shaw found herself wondering if it had been ethical for her to base her decision on a Facebook page, because she had not ...

File Sharing and Napster

This case examines the development and introduction of a controversial technology?music-file sharing?and the subsequent dilemmas, primarily concerning intellectual-property rights. ...
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