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Jane joins the club: Diversity & corporate gove … CO1-280-I
How to make an effective contribution to a closely-knit board run by a longtime and rigid chair, and how to do so as the only woman? This is the predicament this fictional case study presents Jane Pruitt, a 54-year-old CFO coming in from another company under shareholder pressure. She is striving to make a much-needed impact on a privately-held formerly family-run metalworking machinery and equipment manufacturer overseen by five male board members (and financially interconnected friends) all about 70 years of age.
Jane begins to suspect that the intellectual, generational and gender diversity she was hired to provide was brought on board only for public show.
The case raises important questions about the value of diversity in a team environment and will engage any student who has been an outsider on an insular, club-like team.
This case presents several challenges that are relevant for organizations today. First, it explores a newcomer’s perspective on being an outsider in an insider-dominated setting. Second, the case presents a number of common board/team practices that undercut effectiveness. Finally, it gives students the opportunity to think and talk about board diversity, its merits and challenges, and possible paths forward to success.
Within that setting, several instructional objectives can be met:
Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources | Innovation
- Diversity: The experience of the outsider, and the deep frustrations of not fitting in.
- Board Process: Board effectiveness requires both the right board composition and the right board process.
- Leadership: The next leader is often already at the table but may not match the stereotype of the old one.
DANA: In the Footsteps of Khadijah al-Kubra. Women B … DF1-185-I
This case focuses on how Islamic banking, and especially women’s banking, has been evolving in recent years in Saudi Arabia and the UAE with banks created based on their religious and ethical principles. It explains the history of Islamic banking as well as how the banks function in order to be Shari’ah compliant. The case provides cultural insight into how the world of finance works in these countries where there are banks run by women with female customers in a family-like atmosphere. One of these is a branch for women created by ADIB called Dana. Through product innovation, it was created with specific products and services for women based on research and has been very successful. The case emphasizes how women are inspired by these banks for women and are able to be successful and fulfill their professional goals. It explains how women are in charge of their own money and how they have financial and decision-making power in their households as well as in the business world and goes into detail about how women are investors, financial managers, credit receivers and customers in these countries. Financial service providers in the West can draw useful lessons on how to adapt financial products to serve the needs of women.Academic Area:Finance
Beleza Natural: The Coca-Cola of the hair? Offering … GE1-121-I
The ‘Instituto Beleza Natural’ opened its first center in 1993, in Brazil. Over the course of 18 years BN has managed to transform itself into a very successful business with 11 beauty centers nationwide, more than 80,000 clients per month, annual revenues exceeding 60 million US dollars and with a workforce of over 1,300 employees. Beleza Natural (BN) has become very popular in Rio de Janeiro over the 2000 decade and is known as a beauty salon that caters to women who have a low income with high quality products that are scarce in their range, since BN applies an innovative treatment that transforms fizzy curly hair into softer and more moisturized hair whilst creating beautifully defined curls. And although BN seemed successful and with great potential, BN faces many open questions by the middle of 2011. In this case students are challenged to identify, analyze and resolve some of the challenges that the promotion of entrepreneurship faces in emerging economies; to develop innovative ways of thinking about existent public and private support that are often unnoticed; and build financial strength beyond conventional approaches.Academic Area:Entrepreneurship