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Talisman Energy Inc.

Talisman Energy is the largest Canadian oil and gas producer, with main business activities in exploration, development, production and marketing of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquid. At a special board of directors meeting, the management

Larson in Nigeria (Revised)

The vice-president of international operations must decide whether to continue to operate or abandon the company's Nigerian joint venture. Although the expatriate general manager of the Nigerian operation has delivered a very pessimistic report, Larso

Divesting the Zambian Mining Industry

The Zambian government embarked on a divesture of its mining industry in 1992. However, by July of 2004, 67 per cent of the mining assets were still in government hands and the government is still looking for equity partners. This case can be used as

Exporting to Ghana

A loan assessment officer at Export Development Canada is evaluating a proposed deal involving the export of refurbished machines used in the forestry industry. He must decide whether Export Development Corporation should extend loans to a foreign fir

De Beers and the Global Diamond Industry

De Beers Consolidated Mines has successfully managed the global diamond industry for many decades, propping up prices at all stages of the value chain, reducing price volatility and increasing consumer demand. By the end of the 20th century, however,

Care Kenya: Making Social Enterprise Sustainable

CARE's Rural Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Promotion project is a new, market-driven approach to development in Kenya. While the project has been successful from a development standpoint, it is not commercially viable. The sector manager must dete

Lonrho (C): Lonmin

A highly respected investment banker was offered the chairmanship of Lonrho, a conglomerate headquartered in London, England with operations primarily in Africa as outlined in Lonrho (A): An African Conglomerate, product 9B05M067. The investment banke

From Lonrho to Lonmin (B): Restructuring a Conglomerate

In this supplement to Lonrho PLC (A): An African Conglomerate, product 9B05M067, Sir John Craven discusses his decision to accept the chairman position. It also looks at the general direction taken by Sir John, and how Lonrho had faired as it took thi

Lonrho PLC (A): An African Conglomerate

In January 1997, Sir John Craven, a highly respected investment banker and chairman of the investment bank Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, was offered the chairmanship of Lonrho, a conglomerate with headquarters in London, England, and operations primarily

Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria: Operating in a Fragile State

Stuck in a quagmire of violence and political issues in Nigeria, Royal Dutch Shell's challenge was to establish socially responsible business practices to enable the company to sustain and expand its operations in Nigeria and the Niger Delta in partic

Honey Care Africa (C): Growth Alternatives

In this supplement to Honey Care Africa (A): A Different Business Model, product 9B07M022, students will gain additional insights into the entrepreneur's challenges by comparing and contrasting the Honey Care approach to three other business models.

Honey Care Africa (B): Opportunity Knocks

This is a supplement to Honey Care Africa (A): A Different Business Model, product 9B07M022. This case presents Honey Care's upstream, downstream and horizontal expansion opportunities. Students are asked to recommend a course of action that will main

Honey Care Africa (A): A Different Business Model

The founding entrepreneur of Honey Care Africa (Honey Care)revitalized Kenya's national honey industry by focusing on small-holder farmers across the country. Central to the success was an innovative business model: a synergistic partnership between t

City Water Tanzania (A): Water Partnerships for Dar es Salaam

This case examines how the Tanzania government intends to address a pressing deterioration in the infrastructure and services of Dar es Salaam's Water and Sewage Authority. The decision process unfolds in the spring of 2002, on the heels of the Cochab

City Water Tanzania (B): Privatizing Dar es Salaam's Water Utility

This is a supplement to City Water Tanzania (A): Water Partnerships for Dar es Salaam, product #9B07M025. It details the terms of the lease contract with an international operator, Biwater, and discusses the alternatives that were considered and disca

City Water Tanzania (C): Striking a Deal

This is a supplement to City Water Tanzania (A): Water Partnerships for Dar es Salaam, product #9B07M025 and is a two-part role-play. In this part (B) role-play, students take the position of Cliff Stone, Biwater's former director of sales for Africa

City Water Tanzania (D): Things Fall Apart

This is a supplement to City Water Tanzania (A): Water Partnerships for Dar es Salaam, product #9B07M025. This case summarizes the decision of the negotiation: the break up of City Water Tanzania and its aftermath, including litigation and forgone opp

A Model of Clean Energy Entrepreneurship in Africa: E+Co's Path to Scale

The founder and executive director of E+Co faces the challenge of ten-fold growth and reviews the core parts of the company's innovative business model, the changes in the energy markets around the world, and the rationale for local solutions to energ

Honey Care Africa: A Tripartite Model For Sustainable Beekeeping

The director and co-founder of Honey Care Africa (Honey Care) looks back over the six years of operations and describes the original business model and several sequential changes based on feedback from rural communities, partner organizations, and lea

Malawi Business Action Against Corruption

The founding executive director of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC), felt very tense as he typed the last revisions to the speech he would be giving to a Llongwe merchants' association later in the week. He really enjoyed proudly

Rwanda & David Cechetto

Dr. David Cechetto, a University of Western Ontario (UWO) medical professor, left Rwanda after a distressing week. Having seen first-hand the impact of the 1994 genocide and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Cechetto committed himself to accept the request from

Human Resource Management in Multinational Banks in Tanzania

The case examines how the best practices of two banks were organized and managed to provide financial services to a small niche of foreign customers in the mining, tourism and construction sectors in Tanzania. The two banks claimed to be similar in ma

Phil Chan (B)

En route to Nigeria the decision maker learns that he is walking into a scam and must decide whether to show up for the scheduled meetings or to return home immediately. The case illustrates ways of being drawn into unethical situations, and the sever

Phil Chan (A)

The case deals with a scam that has been run out of Nigeria since 1990. In it, foreign companies are approached for their assistance in facilitating an international transfer of funds in order to receive a very large but unearned commission. In the ca

General De La Rey and the Blue Bulls

The Blue Bulls rugby team enjoyed a fanatical fan base and had been performing well in local and international competitions recently. As a leading South African rugby franchise, the Blue Bulls faced a social and political environment that emphasised r

Competing for Development (B6): IDP Women Organizations

This a role play supplement to Competing for Development (A): Fuel Efficient Stoves for Darfur, product # 9B08M061. The role plays feature additional background, motivations and decision priorities from the key local and international players in Darfu

Competing for Development (B5): USAID

This a role play supplement to Competing for Development (A): Fuel Efficient Stoves for Darfur, product # 9B08M061. The role plays feature additional background, motivations and decision priorities from the key local and international players in Darfu

Competing for Development (B4): International Lifeline Fund

This a role play supplement to Competing for Development (A): Fuel Efficient Stoves for Darfur, product # 9B08M061. The role plays feature additional background, motivations and decision priorities from the key local and international players in Darfu

 

 

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