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Case Solution for Namaste Solar

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Case Name :      Namaste Solar
Authors :           Anne T. Lawrence, Anthony I. Mathews
Source :             Ivey Publishing
Case ID :            910M49
Discipline :        Human Resource Management
Case Length :    12 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Should a fast-growing, employee-owned solar electric company accept a buyout offer from a private equity investor? Could it do so without sacrificing its distinctive, high-involvement culture? Namaste Solar, a 55-person firm based in Boulder, Colorado, designed and installed solar electric systems for residential, commercial, non-profit and government customers. In 2008, the company had been growing at breakneck speed for the past four years, since government incentives for the purchase of renewable energy had created a market for solar electric systems in Colorado. Now, two investors had approached the firm with serious buyout offers. A buyout would bring a new infusion of capital to the firm, enabling it to expand more quickly and install more solar systems, and employees with vested shares would benefit from an attractive sales price. However, Namaste, from the outset, had been committed to building a democratic, high-involvement culture. Ownership was widely shared, and all employees, whether or not they held equity, were encouraged to participate in strategic decisions facing the firm. Many were concerned that selling the company would mean sacrificing the firm’s carefully crafted culture. What was the best way forward for Blake Jones and the green energy company that he and two partners had founded?
 
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Case Solution for The Backyard Harvest: Outgrowing Hunger One Community at a Time

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Case Name :      The Backyard Harvest: Outgrowing Hunger One Community at a Time
Authors :           John J. Lawrence, Michele O’Neill, Heidi Connole
Source :             North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID :            NA0070
Discipline :        Social Enterprise
Case Length :    13 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
This case describes a small nonprofit organization called The Backyard Harvest (BYH). The focus of BYH was to collect excess produce from individuals and small farmers and make the produce available to local food banks. Amy Grey had started BYH as a program of a local environmental nonprofit but had recently created a separate and independent BYH organization. Because of recent national press on the organization, Amy had received several requests for help from a handful of people around the country interested in setting up their own version of BYH. Amy’s dilemma was how to continue to serve the needs of her local community and help other people around the country set up equivalent organizations. Amy wondered if she should take BYH national, and if so, when and how to do it.

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Case Solution for Litehouse Foods: The Glass Dilemma

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Case Name :      Litehouse Foods: The Glass Dilemma
Authors :           John J. Lawrence, Anubha Mishra, Marie Pengilly
Source :             North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID :            NA0288
Discipline :        Marketing
Case Length :    20 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
This case focuses on whether Litehouse Foods should switch its signature creamy salad dressings from glass to plastic packaging. The central figure in the case is Doug Hawkins Jr., the company’s Senior Business Development Manager (Marketing lead). The company, which is one of three major players nationally in the refrigerated salad dressing market, has been selling its dressings in glass jars for 50 years, and these glass jars are considered an important element in how consumers think about the Litehouse brand. Two of Litehouse Foods’ competitors have recently switched to plastic, however, and this has helped them achieve a significant price advantage over Litehouse at retail. Switching to plastic jars would save Litehouse $1.5 million/year and allow it to narrow the price advantage opened up by competitors. Doug must develop a recommendation to the company’s executive committee that considers the cost savings potential of plastic against the value of the glass packaging to the brand. Complicating this decision are the environmental implications of a switch from glass to plastic, both real and perceived, as well as how a change at this time would mesh with the company’s recently launched growth strategy.

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Case Solution for The Green Duplex

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Case Name :      The Green Duplex
Authors :           John J. Lawrence
Source :             North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID :            NA0058
Discipline :        Entrepreneurship
Case Length :    18 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Sean and Rachel McFarland had decided to build an environmentally friendly “green” duplex as an investment for their retirement. Sean had been working with a builder on the design, and had recently received an updated cost estimate from the builder that was 35% higher than the original estimate. Sean is trying to figure out what type of return the project will produce compared to equivalent, non-green investments, how he might reduce the cost of the duplex to improve the return without sacrificing the ‘greenness’ of the project, and whether or not he should proceed with the project at all. Uncertainty about how much rent the green duplex can generate, ambiguity about which design elements are most important from the standpoint of building green, and the existence of multiple goals for the project all make the decision of what to do more difficult for Sean.

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Case Solution for Hewlett-Packard and a Common Supplier Code of Conduct

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Case Name :      Hewlett-Packard and a Common Supplier Code of Conduct
Authors :           Anne T. Lawrence
Source :             North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID :            NA0019
Discipline :        Business Ethics
Case Length :    07 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Should Hewlett-Packard cooperate with other firms in the electronics industry to develop a common code of conduct for suppliers? HP, a leading provider of personal computing, imaging, and printing products, had developed a comprehensive set of labor, environmental, and human rights standards for its suppliers. However, the company remained concerned about its reputational vulnerability and lack of supplier compliance. Ken Larson, HP’s Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility, considered whether the company could best advance its interests through industry collaboration on a common code of conduct.

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Case Solution for Unauthorized Disclosure: Hewlett-Packard’s Secret Surveillance of Directors and Journalists

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Case Name :      Unauthorized Disclosure: Hewlett-Packard’s Secret Surveillance of Directors and Journalists
Authors :           Anne T. Lawrence, Randall D. Harris, Sally Baack
Source :             North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID :            NA0050
Discipline :        Business Ethics
Case Length :    16 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
In 2006, Hewlett-Packard (HP) admitted it had hired outside investigators to spy on members of its board of directors and journalists to uncover the source of several leaks of confidential board deliberations. The investigators used methods, including “pretexting” (using an assumed identity in order to access others’ telephone records), which were possibly illegal and almost certainly unethical. This case uses company e-mails, internal reports, meeting minutes, and published memoirs and interviews to present various perspectives on HP’s leak investigations, including those of its non-executive chairman, CEO, former CEO, board members, managers, and investigators. What problem was HP attempting to address? Did the board’s behavior conform to accepted standards of good corporate governance? Were the investigation’s methods ethical? What, if anything, should the company and its chairman, Patricia Dunn, have done differently? How could HP’s new CEO, Mark Hurd, best assure effective governance and ethical behavior in the future?

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Case Solution for The Midnight Journal Entry

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Case Name :      The Midnight Journal Entry
Authors :           Anne T. Lawrence
Source :             North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
Case ID :            NA0180
Discipline :        Business Ethics
Case Length :    10 pages
Solution sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
How should a chief financial officer respond when he uncovers a serious accounting fraud? Richard Okumoto, the newly-appointed CFO of Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., learned that around midnight several months earlier, a group of managers, led by a man who later became CEO, had reversed an accrued liability associated with the anticipated cost of employee retirement benefits. This “midnight journal entry” had allowed the company to report a gain, rather than a loss, for the quarter. Okumoto believed that the reversal was improper and the company’s earnings should be restated. When he approached the CEO, the general counsel, and the audit committee with his concerns, however, he was told to “just get past it.” Okumoto had to decide how best to act on his conviction that the company had committed an unethical and illegal act, while minimizing the risk to himself and his future career prospects.

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