Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

An Element of Concern in North Africa: The Case of Morocco's Phosphate Industry

Academic journal article Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

An Element of Concern in North Africa: The Case of Morocco's Phosphate Industry

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CASE DESCRIPTION

This case explores the geopolitical and human rights issues involved in the phosphate industry in Morocco. With an increasing global demand for phosphate, and the growing concentration of the industry in favor of Morocco, concerns over who controls the disputed territory of Western Sahara and how much power Morocco has over global sourcing have arisen. A secondary issue examined in this case is the ethical question as to whether a country has the right to maximize its prosperity at the expense of other nations. The case is written at a difficulty level of three, appropriate for junior level courses. It is designed to be taught in one class hour and is expected to require 2-3 hours of outside preparation by students.

CASE SYNOPSIS

Morocco is frequently envisioned as a mysterious and colorful place situated south of Spain on the African continent. It is a land rich in colors, cuisine, and culture - viewed by many Western tourists as a destination glimmering with sun and sand. The case examines another side of Morocco, which is capitalizing on the global demand for phosphate, an increasingly valuable natural resource. …

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