Take a look at accounting-related case studies from the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University. 

  • The SEKEM Initiative

    Company: SEKEM

    Publisher: IESE Business School

    Call Number: 0-304-072

    Year Published: 2004

    Sekem was founded by Ibrahim Abouleish, an Egyptian who had been living, studying and working in Austria prior to his return to Egypt in 1977, the year he established Sekem. In 2003 it consisted of three main parts: the Sekem group of companies, the Egyptian Society for Cultural Development and the Cooperative of Sekem Employees, together employing more than 2,000 people. This case portrays the complex set of circumstances that frames Sekem's decisions to further grow and develop the initiative along its historical path of holistic development in the social, economic and cultural spheres.

    What is the dilemma or tough decisions?

    To initiate holistic development able to create economic, social and cultural value in a sustainable manner.

    Website where case study can be found

  • Manila Water Company

    Company: Manila Water Co.

    Publisher: Harvard

    Call Number: 9-508-004

    Year Published: 2007

    In 1997, the Philippines government privatized its water utility in the metropolitan Manila area. The East Zone concession was won by Manila Water Company and the West Zone concession by Maynilad Water Services. Over the next decade, Manila Water turned in an impressive and profitable performance, while Maynilad failed.

    What is the dilemma or tough decisions?

    The opportunity to own the West concession.

    Website where case study can be found…

  • Impact Makers

    Company: Impact Makers

    Publisher: Darden (UVA)

    Call Number: UV1042

    Year Published: 2009

    Michael Pirron was a healthcare services consultant who had always dreamed of starting a "Nonprofit Competitive Business" with a social mission. In 2006, he launched Impact Makers, a new hybrid entity that crossed the nonprofit/for-profit lines. Impact Makers had several unique components: It would contribute strategic consulting, and all profits, to charitable community organizations; there was no stock and equity ownership; it had a volunteer board of directors and its financial information was open to the public. How would Impact Makers raise investment capital with its unique organizational structure? And how would the company survive?

    What is the dilemma or tough decisions?

    How would Impact Makers get more customers, revenue, business, etc.?

    Website where case study can be found…