Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

Journal publishing classroom teaching cases on any subject taught in a business school.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 1, January

An Information System Security Breach at First Freedom Credit Union: What Goes in Must Come Out
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary subject matter of this case is information system security. Secondary issues include analyzing the difference between technology security and information system security and examining the role that organizational insiders...
Auditor Skepticism, Management Biases, and the Slippery Slope
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary subject matter of this case concerns auditor skepticism and the ability to recognize signs of financial reporting fraud. Secondary issues include promoting an understanding of the environment where financial reporting...
Building Organizational Capabilities at CymSTAR: The Roles of Customer Needs and Company Culture
CASE DESCRIPTION The case provides insight into the evolution in the organizational approach of a small business engineering services company in order to take advantage of growth opportunities that cannot be supported by the existing organization....
Earnings Management and Ethical Challenges at the Succulent Cooking Inc.-A Case Study
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary subject matter of this case is earnings management that often takes place in financial reporting for business enterprise and ethical issues involved therein. It demonstrates to students that reported accounting earnings...
Fine Dining
CASE DESCRIPTION This case is widely applicable because it is short, easy to understand, involves an industry that students are familiar with, yet offers the opportunity for discussion of some basic marketing or strategic management issues. The...
Harris Medical Center and Harris Memorial Hospital: Unfair Labor Practices or Management's Rights?
CASE DESCRIPTION This case examines the fine line between unfair labor practices and management's rights. More specifically, this case involves the application of labor law to disputes that might arise between management and unions regarding non-solicitation...
Homeownership Is Not Always a Blessing
CASE DESCRIPTION This case can be used to illustrate problems that arise when homeowners get into financial difficulties and have to make hard choices on which monthly bills to pay and which to ignore. Little known to many homeowners is that failure...
How Much to Charge? an Exploration of Ethical Dimensions in Normal Operating Decisions
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary purpose of this case is to heighten a student's recognition of ethical dimensions in common decisions. The ability of a person to understand underlying ethical issues is critical to obtaining the ethical sensitivity...
Initial Public Offering Valuation and Underwriting Issues for PharmCorp, LLC-A Case Study
CASE DESCRIPTION This hypothetical case study assesses whether PharmCorp (an assumed name), a closely held pharmaceutical company, owned and operated by family members and friends for the past 10 years, should issue an initial public offering to...
KTKB 101.9's Radio Breakfast Extreme (RBX): The Radio Show That Provides Both Entertainment and Education
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary subject matter of this case concerns radio broadcasting. Secondary issues examined include marketing and education. The case has a difficulty level of two, appropriate for sophomore level courses. The case is designed...
Land O'Lakes: Teaching Farmers in Base of the Pyramid
CASE DESCRIPTION Corporate social responsibility is a guiding theme for one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in the world and is illustrated here for students to explore effective corporate partnerships that reach and teach those in the...
Mama Says Wash! the Ultimate Dilemma
CASE DESCRIPTION Not yet over the death of her sister and business partner, Jean, Sarah finds herself faced with a difficult decision. She is waist deep in past due bills and late orders, sales increasing at a decreasing rate, a seven figure offer...
Managerial Carrots and Sticks: Encouraging Strategy Implementation
CASE DESCRIPTION This case addresses many strategic management issues. Selected issues related to the formulation and implementation of both low cost and differentiation strategies are illustrated. The importance of lower level managers embracing...
Missed It by a Dot
CASE DESCRIPTION Small businesses across America can make a hit with the right combination of drive, talent, and timing. The result? They become successful for many, many years. As these businesses prosper and grow they often hire other firms to...
Mwandege Boys Secondary School (MBSS); Learn and Serve
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary objective of this case is to provide basic knowledge on how to manage start-up phase for prospective entrepreneurs. Secondary issues include strategies that were employed to locate committed business partners; managing...
Olympian Machine, LLC: A Case for Growth
CASE DESCRIPTION The key subject matter of this case is strategic management for small business. Its focus is on the decision to implement a growth strategy. The primary drivers of the growth strategy in this case are to increase the capacity of...
Organizing and Financing a New Business Venture
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary subject matter of this case concerns business startup issues. Issues examined include the components and importance of a business plan, evaluation and selection of a business organization form, and evaluating sources...
Re-Naming "Hometown U" University of South Carolina Beaufort Assumes a New Role
CASE INTRODUCTION This case describes a university identity change and the subsequent re-naming and re-branding process. Secondary issues include strategic marketing, branding, services marketing, non-profit marketing, public policy, higher education...
Roofs of Distinction
CASE DESCRIPTION This case focuses on a small business and the challenges faced by the manager after the owner passes away without a succession plan. After reading the case, students should come up with a strategy for the manager. One of the main...
Sexual Harassment: Caught off Guard
CASE DESCRIPTION Paris, the Human Resource Director for the Alternate Treats, Inc. warehouse, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to her position and is looking forward to a promotion. Although she lacked human resources experience when she took this position,...
Taking Advantage of Homeowners Association Foreclosures: Investors or Predators?
CASE DESCRIPTION This case can be used to illustrate the ethical dilemma that may arise when an investor seizes on the opportunity to purchase a real estate interest from a Homeowners Association that has placed a lien on a neighborhood house for...
The Minority Enterprise
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary subject matter of this case concerns an ethical dilemma faced by an executive assistant dealing with a fraudulent report created by her boss, the CEO of a not-for-profit organization, as well as the fiduciary responsibilities...
Voluntary Sustainability Reporting: A Case Exploring Ethical, Regulatory, and Strategic Considerations
CASE DESCRIPTION The primary subject matter of this case concerns ethical, regulatory, and strategic considerations that may arise relating to voluntary sustainability reporting by business organizations. The case explores the issues from the perspective...
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