The academic research analysed in this paper tends to involve the comparison of data on activities and performance across a number of companies, with little consideration of the role of internal processes and policies. This kind of evidence cannot explain how business benefits were realised, which would be of more use to businesses facing specific challenges. Evidence on what has actually worked and why would require detailed company case studies.
There are already quite a few case studies of the business benefits from equality & diversity, but they tend not to focus on business performance impacts, or to look at firms’ context and strategic response, what worked and why. The insight from this report suggests that the business case for equality & diversity might have more resonance with businesses if there was credible evidence of this more practical kind. Keep reading…
There are few who would argue against positive co-worker relationships and respect for the individual dignity as being helpful in developing a positive workplace environment. Many organizations are proud to display their espoused values like respect, teamwork, individual dignity, and integrity on plagues throughout the workplace. And yet, even in these organizations, people find themselves faced with a range of behaviors and predicaments that “fly in the face” of the well-intended values. Even in workplaces where the intentions are genuine, some people find obstacles to their full engagement based not on issues of qualification and performance, but rather on the visible and invisible group memberships they represent.
Historically, American workplace has been a bastion of male dominance. The literature is replete with examples of male dominance in the work place with a particular emphasis on the dominance of white men in particular. However, over the past 25 years we have seen a number of changes and trend developments that have had significant impact on business and other organizations who seek to thrive in the modern economic environment. Of particular interest to this topic area are the significant changes and trends in the demography of markets and the talent required for sustainable competitive advantage. Keep reading…
A Case Study about Reducing Internal Information Technology Resource Allocation Through Global Upstream Electronic Business Standards
Abstract: An increasing number of organisations are beginning to operate in a standardised business process environment suggesting that there is benefit in a standardised business messaging infrastructure. Novozymes A/S is the first known industrial biotech organisation in Denmark to apply the GS1 and the Consumer Goods Forum’s global upstream standards initiative (GUSI) in a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) scenario.
This case study methodology outlines the results of Novozymes’ application of GUSI standards over three separate implementations replenishing 25 customers’ factories and describes the resultant reduction in internal IT effort. The implementation data were collected from a total of twenty five factories (sites) which Novozymes, today, replenish using GUSI VMI. The ‘ex post’ results were then compared and interpreted against a Novozymes internal benchmarking analysis which was used an ‘ex ante’ base line. Keep reading…
Case Study about Home-Based Business and Government Regulation
Introduction: Government regulations typically have a disproportionately large impact on very small businesses. Studies using various methodologies have found that unit costs of complying with regulations are consistently higher for businesses with fewer than 20 employees than for businesses with over 500 employees that use similar compliance measures. Very little is known about size differences below 20 employees or other aspects of very small businesses that may influence the size and nature of regulatory impacts.
Home-based businesses, which make up roughly half of all U.S. businesses, are of particular interest because of their potential as a wellspring of economic activity. Homes are, in effect, do-it-yourself business incubators, which collectively provide start-ups with an entry point into the business world. Home-based businesses as a group have been characterized, but little more has been done in the way of analysis. A general goal of this study is to advance the understanding of regulatory burdens on home-based businesses, as opposed to non-home-based very small businesses. Keep reading…
Case Study about Facilitating International Cooperation in Non-Commercial Clinical Trials
Executive Summary: Rationale and Background Clinical research involves testing new discoveries by carrying out carefully controlled investigations on patients – known as clinical trials. This includes testing not only new medicines, but also new therapies (e.g. radiation), devices, diagnostic techniques (e.g. imaging) and surgical procedures, as well as optimising existing medicinal products and procedures to promote better health and welfare. Many of these trials are noncommercial, usually driven by pressing public health needs and scientific opportunities, which do not offer a strong business case to private companies.
They increasingly involve international studies and collaborations to deal with rare diseases, pathologies of developing countries, etc. Stringent national regulations have been introduced over time to ensure patient safety and research quality. However, these regulatory mechanisms remain very diverse, a heterogeneity that can become a serious impediment to conducting international multi-centre trials, particularly for academic researchers who cannot rely on well-developed administrative support mechanisms. Keep reading on International Cooperation
The case study is one of the popular pedagogical tools largely used in Management Schools throughout the world. It is a story about an incident or how a business manager or entrepreneur has handled that situation or incident. It is the factual description of the situation prevailing in an organization.
Through the case method, a teacher is able to sensitize the students about the real life situations, which exist or could prevail in an organization. As the future managers, how they have to face that situation and take the decision, which may resolve the issue of the organization is being exposed through cases.
It is used to assess the theoretical understanding of the subject among the students. Through the case, the teachers and the trainers try to establish the practical application of theoretical knowledge in solving the organizational and managerial problems. It helps the students in their self-Learning process.
Through the case, a problem situation is presented and requires the students to assess the facts out alternatives and come out with the best alternative solution for the future course of actions. Click here to read more…
Abstract: The financial implications of implementing quality improvements are often poorly understood. Simply put, does improving quality yield a return on investment? We examine four cases management of high-cost pharmaceuticals, diabetes management, smoking cessation, and wellness programs in the workplace to understand the financial and clinical implications of improving care.
business case for quality, we think it unlikely that the private sector will move quickly and reliably to widely adopt proven quality improvements. To deepen the understanding of the facts surrounding the business case for quality and to identify promising policy options, we undertook case studies of several improvements in actual health care delivery and purchasing organizations, with two pivotal questions in mind: First, does improved quality increase or reduce margins or provide a return on investment in a defined time frame? Second, what entity realizes a financial benefit from a specific quality improvement.
Clients often tell me they’re not really clear about the concept of Strategy. It’s a lot easier than you might think. Strategy is one of the steps in the planning process and cycle. The sequence in the business planning process is Vision, Mission, Goals, Strategy.
Vision is where you start and is the most abstract. Once clarified it become the guiding light toward which all your activities will be directed. Your Mission is what you do in your business to carry out your Vision. Goals are specific measurables that define what will exist when you’ve realized your Vision. The Strategy step is the thinking through of how you will achieve those Goals.
Start by considering the resources you have and the direction you want to go. Evaluate various scenarios and steps and predict how they will turn out. An analogy that makes it easier to understand is the game of chess. Various moves are considered with predicted outcomes BEFORE the actions are taken. Click here to read more…
Case Study about Exploring the Directions and Methods of Business Development
Abstract : This study looks at business development as one of the many strategic management areas and aims to provide an overview about the available business development directions and methods, together with elements which play a significant role in deciding which of those directions and methods should be exploited. To provide a better insight on these decisions, a multiple-case study is also exploited at the end of this project.
Introduction:It is the end of 2008, and the world faces many important changes. Climate is more inscrutable and powerful causing numerous disasters, natural resources such as oil or land are on shortage causing the raise of their price, technology is moving incredibly fast ahead causing shortening of the life cycle of many products and merging of various industries together, environment awareness is increasing causing that governments and companies establish various environment-friendly strategies, and political and economical structures are opening causing increased opportunities for cooperation and movement, but also for competition for people and businesses all over the world.
Case Study about Sustainability Integration into Business Processes
Introduction: Companies manage sustainability issues for sound business reasons – to manage new risks, to gain business opportunity or to position themselves for the long term by extending the company role in society. While many companies are struggling with how to better integrate sustainability into their business, a number of global and Canadian companies are well along the learning curve. This study looks inside a sample of these leading companies.
Purpose and Approach: The purpose of the study was to investigate best practices in the integration of sustainability into businesses processes. Focused interviews were conducted with two or three representatives of each of seven companies, in a range of sectors that are considered to be leaders in addressing sustainability effectively. Using the results of these in-depth interviews, Stratos prepared case studies for each company that highlight the approaches and tools they use to integrate sustainability practices into their business processes.