IBiS develops cases and teaching materials, designs innovative courses for students and executive leaders, convenes programs of broad impact, and supports the creation and dissemination of leading research. By providing research and writing support for faculty from different disciplines, IBiS is producing an array of cases that prepare current and future business leaders for the emerging and enduring problems at the intersection of business and social issues.
Case studies regarding POSCO, The Motley Fool, and The Container Store are in process as part of a case series about companies that embrace the tenets of Conscious Capitalism, an institute that IBiS Academic Director R. Edward Freeman leads with like-minded scholars and executives. IBiS is also developing a case series, “IBiS Issues in Government and Regulatory Agencies,” that explores, among other issues, the recent global financial crisis.
Some of the initially completed cases include:
Eastman Tritan was delivered to all five first-year core operations classeses and two second-year elective supply-chain classes in the full-time program. Four Eastman Chemical executives who were intimately involved in the development and launch of the Trtian copolyester co-led this case with Professors Tim Kraft, Robert Landel, Jeremey Hutchinson-Krupat, Gal Raz, and Elliott Weiss to over 400 students. Eastman Tritan was selected to be used in the inaugural 2013 National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition at the University of Minnesota where eleven university teams gave presentations to judges from corporations such as Target, 3M, and Cargill.
Genzyme and Relational Investors
Genzyme and Relational Investors was delivered to over 100 students in Professor Ken Eades second-year finance elective. This case was co-led by invited executive Henri Termeer, Former Chairman & CEO of Genzyme.
Wells Fargo: Solar Energy for Los Angeles Branches
Wells Fargo: Solar Energy for Los Angeles Branches is a decision analysis, two-case series on how a strategic finance manager evaluated the economics of installing solar panels in Wells Fargo branches throughout Los Angeles given regulatory uncertainty. Read about the collaboration between IBiS Associated Faculty Anton Ovchinnikov and Darden EMBA '13 Sheri Lucas in this blog post about the creation of the case.
Chiquita and the Department of Justice
Chiquita and the Department of Justice was delivered to all first-year, full-time students in the required Ethics course; the case was co-led by invited executive Rod Hills, Former Chairman of SEC.