seventh generation .” https :// hbr B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e
read Hammond’s classic article on the subject of the case study method:
Learning by the case method (Harvard Business School, Hammond, 1976). This background will help you answer the questions below.
carefully read the Harvard Case Study: Can an ethical bank support guns
and fracking? This is an excellent example of real-world business
decisions that you may be making in your future career.
access the 4-page PDF file of the case in Course Content Week 14, the
PDF printout of the online version, or follow the link below. The online
copy has a few additional paragraphs.
“As the founder of a new “ethical” bank focused on environmental
sustainability, Jay McGuane realizes that he has to come up with clear
rules about how the board should make decisions on “values” grounds–and
quickly. Already, the bank is facing loan approvals involving two
hot-button issues. Without clear guidelines, the bank’s directors may
fall into bitter squabbling, which could lead to resignations, negative
media attention, and a flight of investors. Expert commentary comes from
Ken LaRoe, chairman and CEO of First Green Bank, and John Replogle,
president and CEO of Seventh Generation.”
- What is the situation and what do you actually know about it from reading the case?
- What issues are at stake?
- What questions do you have and what information do you still need? Where and how could you find it?
- What problems need to be solved?
- What are all the possible options? What are the pros and cons of each option?
- What are the underlying assumptions for the parties in the case and where do you see them?
- What criteria should you use when choosing an option? What does that mean about your assumptions?
- What kind of financial analysis would best help you make decisions about the business options in this case?