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Created By: Rhonda Contreras | Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020

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    Bridges Fund Management: Navigating Changes in the Political Economy

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    Publisher: The Berkeley-Haas Case Series. University of California, Berkeley. Haas School of Business (2017)

    This case focuses on Bridges Fund Management (Bridges), an early leader in the impact investing space, with offices located in both the U.K. and the U.S. Bridges has been in operation for fifteen years and has raised, through early 2017, over $1 billion in capital across its 12 funds. While the firm was originally founded by two members the U.K.’s Social Investment Task Force (SITF), Sir Ronald Cohen (now Advisory Board Chair) and Michele Giddens (now one of Bridges most senior partners), Bridges now has seventeen partners located either in its U.K. or U.S. offices. Bridges’s third co-founder, Philip Newborough, serves as the firm’s overall Managing Partner.Bridges addresses social issues by investing in companies that provide both a financial return and social impact. For example, Bridges improves unemployment through investments in the Babington Group, which provides job training to youth; improves healthcare and well-being by investments in Alina and Home Care, which serve aging populations; and improves access to housing through its property funds with investments in the Old Vinyl Factory in the U.K. and the Spoke housing complex in the U.S.The case asks: How might the changing political environment in both the U.S. and U.K. impact Bridges in its ability to raise future funds and in the level of support (financial or otherwise) available to its investments, also known as portfolio companies?

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    Measuring Economic Impact at a Professional Golf Tournament

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    Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc. (2017)

    The News-Sentinel Open presented by Pilot is an event on the Web.com Tour. The Web.com Tour began in 1990 with the name of the Ben Hogan Tour and has transitioned through several title sponsors, taking its current name in June 2012. The tour is the developmental tour for the PGA Tour and the primary means for professional golfers to earn playing privileges on the PGA Tour. Tournaments are 72-hole stroke play events featuring between 144 and 156 golfers. This specific tournament is staged in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is one of only three original tour stops from the inaugural season in 1990. In an effort to measure economic impact in the greater Knoxville area resulting from the tournament weekend, the News-Sentinel Open has commissioned an economic impact study. This case study challenges students to analyze data collected from the economic impact study commissioned by the tour organizers. By engaging with this case study, and its accompanying data and results, students will gain insight into best practices of planning, conducting, and analyzing an ethical economic impact study.

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    Baltimore: A Case Study in Sustainable Economic Development

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    Content Type: cases

    Publisher: University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance (2014)

    The case considers Baltimore’s present socio-economic situation as a postindustrial city. Declining growth, population flight, increasing poverty and unemployment as well as violence and crime rates are presented as consequences of the city’s loss of mainly steel-related industrial production sites. Beginning in the late 1970’s, city leaders began to pursue a strategy of redevelopment that was intended to lay the foundations of Baltimore’s postindustrial economy.

    A number of prestigious high-end commercial real estate projects have been completed around the harbor in order to build a tourism industry, create a thriving retail market and attract large companies to the city. The most recent addition to this strategy is presented by the Harbor Point development, an office space and real estate project that enjoys generous tax breaks and public funding. This case addresses in how far the Harbor Point development in its current set up presents a viable solution strategy to the city’s problems. The mayors office and city council, Baltimore’s business community and its struggling low income neighborhoods are the main actors in this story.

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    Economic Integration in Southeast Asia: Its Impact on the Business Environment

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    Publisher: NeilsonJournals Publishing (2017)

    Southeast Asia is considered one of the fastest growing regions in the world. Without a doubt, this region has accelerated the pace of its integration with the global economy. This case study evaluates the opportunities and challenges of regional economic integration in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia has been a major beneficiary of foreign direct investment in the establishment of global manufacturing and supply chain due to its comparative advantage in a plethora of production factors. China’s changing role in the global economy encourages an agglomeration of industries as there is a greater tendency for businesses to trade with one another due to the centrality of location. Additionally, China’s Belt and Road Initiative will facilitate larger investments into Southeast Asia.

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    What to Do in a Debt Crisis? The Case of Solon and Athenian Debt Slavery

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    Publisher: SAGE Publications: SAGE Business Cases Originals (2020)

    Solon, the sixth century poet and statesman (c. 630–c. 560 BC), “left norms of proper conduct that carry important ethical implications for all manner of human affairs, including commercial activities and the pursuit of wealth” (Lewis, 2009: 123). Solon was concerned about widespread debt in Athens, which pushed many small landholders and farm workers into selling the only thing they still possessed, namely themselves, into slavery after defaulting on loans.

    What can we learn from Solon in an era that bandies about the phrase “wage slaves” and has seen the treatment that the European Union has given to Greece as a debtor state? Students are asked to think about this and related questions. They may also formulate their own opinions and ask themselves why this problem is so persistent in human history. Can the relationship between the debtors and creditors in a society be more fairly designed? What are the consequences to a society when numbers of common people are crushed by debt? Should the wealthy members of a community be concerned about income inequality? How does altruism (or philanthropy for that matter) fit into this question? An examination of Solon’s solutions to these problems (not only what he did, but the manner that he did it) offers us a valuable window from which to view business practices about credit and debt today.

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    2011 Debt Limit Crisis: How Should the Fed Respond?

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    Publisher: Yale School of Management (2019)

    In July of 2011, the possibility that the US federal government would default on its debt was becoming an increasing likelihood. For Ben Bernanke, the Chair of the Federal Reserve System, breaching the debt limit was concerning. As the Treasury’s fiscal agent, Bernanke and the Fed would advise the Treasury on how to pay its obligations. No matter how the Treasury chose to pay its obligations, the Fed’s charge to regulate large money center banks and maintain stability in the financial markets would be put to a test. A Treasury default would mean that there would be large movements of cash and changes in perceptions of risk that could alter key financial ratios used to oversee bank operations. What guidelines should the Fed issue? To maintain financial stability, the Fed had a number of mechanisms at its disposal. Many of these related to existing desk operations that the Fed used to implement monetary policy, such as the sale and purchase of securities. But how should these be altered to deal with the influx of Treasury securities in default? The Fed staff also had prepared a number of novel courses of action that would help reduce strain and introduce increased liquidity. Should the Fed put these extraordinary measures into place?

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    United States Blacklists Chinese AI Firms

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    Publisher: SAGE Publications: SAGE Business Cases Originals (2020)

    This short case asks students to theorize how the Trump administration’s recent decision to blacklist leading Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) firms may impact tech development in the United States, and whether the government may take a similar ethical stance against domestic tech companies.

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