Harvard Business School Working knowledge

Working knowledge is a great site which regularly produces high quality working papers on a variety of topics including leadership and change, globalisation.  You can keep up-to-date by  by linking up to their daily rss feed.

Another good business school is the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and you can also subscribe to their rss feeds on topics such as marketing and strategic management

thanks to Resourceshelf

Intersect

To follow up on an earlier hot topics posting on sustainability, here is  a local way to get involved.  Intersect (young professionals networking for sustainability) was launched recently in Wellington.  You are never to be old to be young!    The intention is for people to share ideas, develop leadership capabilities and grow networks.  Their partners are the Sustainable Business Network and the Sustainability Trust and they are sponsored by Alto Design.

Current issues: climate change and sustainability

Global warming shows sign of risky business This Australian newspaper article looks at the way litigation laws may alter in the face of climate change.

50 ways to green your business Mark Borden et al in the Nov 2007 issue of Fast Company, pp 90-99. As the title suggests, this is a list of fifty ways that some international companies are getting involved in the sustainability issue.

Carbon Zero by Vicki Jayne in the October 2007 issue of New Zealand Management pp 38-41 is a case study of how architectural firm Warren and Mahoney took up the challenge to becoming a sustainable business.

A strategic approach to climate Michael Porter and Forest Reinhardt in the October 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review pp 22-26 (note: most of this issue is devoted to this topic) This article discusses how different business types will react to the climate change issue.

These articles are from the EBSCO online subscription databases. When you click on an article link, you will be prompted to enter your library card details, and then the full text will display.

Continuing the Climate change and sustainability theme

Madhav Mehra, President World Council for Corporate Governance , produced this report in July 2007  Climate Change – The Edge of a New Frontier  which includes a section on what some international companies are doing.

Ceres is  “a national network of investment funds, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working to advance environmental stewardship on the part of businesses”.   Their  report  2006 Corporate Governance and Climate Change: Making the Connection  looks at  how 100 global companies “are positioning themselves to compete in a carbon- constrained world.” You can download the summary or the full report.

Marsh Centre for Risk Insights  “As an independent and objective source of critical information and insights, the Marsh Centre does not market, promote or sell any products or services”.   Here you will find a brief synoposis of a recent Fortune 1000 company survey as to how risk is perceived.   Also check out their Insights link for previous research.

Sustainability  While this is a company site (they advise their clients “on the risks and opportunites associated with sustainable development and corporate responsibility”) there is a wealth  of information contained here with easily accessible archives of reports and articles.  Check out this issue brief on climate change communication