Despite the important role that assumptions about intentions play in our judgments of others' actions and how we respond to these actions, most of us haven't thought much about the accuracy of the inferences we make, the ways our decisions about "what he meant to do" or "why she did that" might be unintentionally biased, or the potential negative effects that result when inferences about intention
This public-sourced case describes Deutsche Bank and what leaders called its most fundamental transformation in decades to frame a discussion on how the current CEO, Christian Sewing, chooses to reshape the global bank. Notable were plans to reduce Deutsche Bank's footprint in investment banking and reorganize management. The material offers a short history of prior restructuring efforts that allo
A graduate course examining challenges to leaders when confronted wth issues of change, negotiation, and conflict management
This note describes how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), founded in 1949, has attempted to create and maintain an official narrative of the country and regime that tilts toward the favorable and minimizes any negative. A key component of the historical narrative has been China's so-called Century of Humiliation, in which China suffered exploitation at the hands of various other nations. Mist
The protagonist of this case, the general manager of the Golden State Warriors, an NBA dynasty, must contend with the recent controversy between China (the People's Republic of China, or PRC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) over a pro-Hong Kong tweet, "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong," from the Houston Rockets general manager. Chinese retaliation to this tweet had been sw
This tech note is designed to introduce general management students to the body of work associated with agile and its current state of practice. While anchored in a simple 68-word manifesto, agile now offers guidance on applied practice across ideation, design, development, and deployment of working products. This note describes how teams use agile to focus their work and apply current practice ac
This course pack contains the Darden cases and technical notes for the Democracy and Capitalsim course taught by Professors Bruner, Pandya, and Smith.
As You Are Seventh-Day Adventist Church (AYA) is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, in a low-income community, where it offers a wide range of primarily religious services. AYA is part of the River Seventh-Day Adventist Conference—East (RCE), which finds and pays for the pastors at each of its churches. In return, the RCE receives the weekly tithes as conference dues, and AYA keeps the offerings g
You will wear the shoes of the CEOs or high-level leadership, decision makers of different real life companies as we discuss the cases, and using all your previous learnings from other classes, strategize about these real situations. This capstone experience stresses formulation of business strategies to achieve organizational objectives using strategic analysis and models based upon internal and
This case follows as the protagonist sets out to refresh his knowledge of large changes in exchange rates by analyzing two specific episodes: George Soros against the Bank of England (BOE) in 1992 and Switzerland's Francogeddon in 2015. The episodes were in one sense very different—one led to a sharp depreciation and the other to a sharp appreciation—but understanding them could serve him well whe
This case uses a start-up in the retail industry to explore the leverage of behavioral science to enrich a business model and structure a marketing campaign. The material unfolds the testing of an innovative process and use of persuasion in order to align business practices with human behavior and scale. In addition, it gives the opportunity to discuss how a minimal tech solution could bring in ma
The automobile industry is going through a dramatic change as electric vehicles (EVs) rapidly gain in popularity. Two companies in particular have dominated the EV market over the last decade: Tesla and Nissan. However, Nissan, despite its global presence and production capability, has lost significant market share to Tesla. Going forward, the company's operational and strategic decisions are vita
In the 1920s, Germany experienced one of the most severe episodes of hyperinflation in history. The episode originated in military defeat and revolution, produced instability that figured prominently in the onset of the Great Depression, and created policy dilemmas that present cautionary lessons for leaders in business and government. This note examines the causes, dynamics, and consequences of G
In early June 2020, several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a business analyst was evaluating how COVID-19 had changed business and markets and whether these changes would be permanent. Already, a part of the business world had shifted to a working-from-home mode, while executives were evaluating financial strategies to help cope with the changes caused by the pandemic and assessing supply chai
On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. The pandemic brought production, trade, and businesses to a grinding halt, as governments closed borders and implemented lockdowns and restrictions; it also caused scrutiny of global supply chain strategies. While some US companies had already begun shifting outsourcing awa
The tax director for Promega Corporation (Promega), was finalizing a deal to buy Ophidian Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Ophidian), and needed to settle on a deal structure. Given that the consideration paid for Ophidian was going to be primarily cash, the deal would be taxable. The question for her to address was: Should Promega buy the assets or stock of Ophidian? She had to consider the after-tax conse
This interactive exercise emulates a process wherein a virtual Card is created in a series of steps. It can be used to expose students to ideas and concepts in process analysis, management, and improvement. It may be used in classes focusing on operations management, project management, and software development. The simulation is run on the project-management web application Trello. It allows for
The owners of a chain of hardware stores are preparing the most recent quarter financial statements. A number of business details are provided, including information to assess accrual accounting net income: sales, cost of sales, operating expenses, interest, depreciation, and taxes. The most recent balance sheet is provided, enabling an assessment of basic accruals (e.g., tax payable).
The owner of a small retail flooring company is projecting her company's financial performance and financial position for the current 2020 calendar year. The company began business in 2019, and by all measures, that first year had been a financial success. A small profit was earned, and the year ended in a strong financial position. But disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the nee
With frequent water main breaks, leaking pipes, and lead contamination, the water infrastructure of many countries is in bad shape, and improvements are urgent in light of climate change and increasing water stress. Discussion in recent years has focused on the role of private companies in a sector that has traditionally been in public hands. Since the privatization of the United Kingdom's water i
This case is part of the Giving Voice to Values (GVV) curriculum. To see other material in the GVV curriculum, please visit http://store.darden.virginia.edu/giving-voice-to-values.
GVV is an innovative curriculum for values-driven management and leadership, designed to be integrated across the core business curriculum as well as to stand alone. Currently, the GVV curriculum includes exercises, sh