EY People Advisory Services: Challenges of Enabling Global Mobility (A)

Ernst & Young (EY) is a global consortium of companies providing advisory, tax and auditing services in all industries and countries. EY’s People Advisory Services (PAS) team specializes in advising clients on all HR-related systems and processes, including taxes and global mobility compensation. As a partner of EY PAS, Amarpal Singh Chadha’s challenge was to …

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HBS Class of 2009: All Talk As They Prepare to Walk?

Max Anderson, HBS Class of 2009, founded the MBA Oath Initiative. The oath is a voluntary promise to “create values ‚Äč‚Äčresponsibly and ethically.” Anderson and a team of students and faculty worked to start the first MBA swearing-in ceremony, which was held on campus during Harvard graduation week.

One Acre Fund: Outgrowing the Board

One Acre Fund, a young, international, non-profit social enterprise run by friends of the founder, had grown rapidly since its inception. You now face a growing demand for key resources and connections with key potential donors, expertise in terms of scaling up and managing expansion. The case presents this problem that new nonprofits often face …

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Leadership and Teaming, Module Note

Small differences in how teams are run can have a big impact on the success of your efforts. Many initiatives do not fail because of a fatal miscalculation or because of insufficient ideas, knowledge, motivation or skills to provide a solution. They fail because, as they often hear, “we had to be more of a …

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Hermes Systems

Covers the story of Hermes, a large telecommunications and networking equipment company that has grown from a sole proprietorship to a diversified company from 1980 to 1995. It investigates the use of corporate affiliates for product development and rapid growth. Other topics include the challenges of running a two-handed organization and the problems a CEO …

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Kit Hinrichs at Pentagram (A)

This case focuses on Kit Hinrichs, a 65-year-old partner at Pentagram, a privately owned multidisciplinary design company. Pentagram, one of the most recognized design studios in the world, was founded in London in the 1970s by five designers from different disciplines. Until 2008, Pentagram stayed small with fewer than 30 partners, each a true star. …

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Restoring Trust at WorldCom

Investigates corporate governance changes at WorldCom / MCI as proposed by the company’s court appointed corporate supervisor, Richard Breeden. After the biggest bankruptcy of all time and the demise of the company, Breeden wrote the Restoring Trust, a report with 78 recommendations for the future management of the company. Course objective: Consider how corporate governance …

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GroupM India: The Human Dimension of Digital Transformation (B)

Case B describes the digital transformation process that GroupM India undertook from 2013 to 2016. To respond to the product, profile, partnership and people challenges identified in Case A, the company identified the customer orientation and flexibility as two “tasks” that must be prioritized. GroupM focused on creating end-to-end media solutions, targeting new business customers …

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Leading and Managing Change (Abridged)

Facing change is consistently rated as one of the most critical and difficult tasks for managers. This note describes the key decisions leaders must make to develop change. It is divided into four sections and provides guidance on how to: 1) diagnose the need for change; 2) determine what type of change is required (for …

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