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Subject Area

Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior.

Study Level

This case is suitable to be used in advanced undergraduate and MBA/MSc level.

Case Overview

This case teaches about green organization, its opportunity, challenges, and attitude toward sustainable agriculture. The Babylon Vertical Farms (BVF) is an agricultural and technological company that grew high-quality hydroponic vegetables and herbs with minimum use of sunlight, soil, and pesticides. BVF used recycled water through reverse osmosis process with the target to decrease cultivated time to less than six hours, when compared to the typical 18 hours, apart from minimizing water usage up to 90%. Knowing its potential, Stuart Thomas, the founder and his team planned to increase the farm production to 2,000–3,000 kg a month from 1,000 kg a month. The farm required RM150,000 to acquire resources and to extend its farm infrastructure. Stuart and his team had to make feasible and practical decision in gaining their funds to execute the business to be one that is sustainable and green. As a social entrepreneur, Stuart also wanted to address poverty-related hunger. A group of investors was ready to invest and asked for 30% equity. Stuart was tempted to take the offer. If he rejected the offer, the farm could lose the opportunity to scale-up its operation. At the same time, if he accepted the offer, he might lose control over the business one day.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are as follows:

  • to expose students to the various forms of urban farming that a social entrepreneur can venture into;

  • to expose students to the benefits of green business;

  • to evaluate potential opportunities and threats of a green organization using SWOT analysis; and

  • to recommend a possible strategy to build a sustainable agriculture farm that is economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible.

to expose students to the various forms of urban farming that a social entrepreneur can venture into;

to expose students to the benefits of green business;

to evaluate potential opportunities and threats of a green organization using SWOT analysis; and

to recommend a possible strategy to build a sustainable agriculture farm that is economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible.

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Green Behavior and Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78756-684-2

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Stuart Baker‐Brown and Jerome Carson

This paper aims to offer a profile of Stuart Baker‐Brown.

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Purpose

This paper aims to offer a profile of Stuart Baker‐Brown.

Design/methodology/approach

Stuart provides a short biography and is then interviewed by Jerome. Areas covered in the interview include his trek to Everest Base Camp, involvement with the Time to Change anti‐stigma campaign and his work on the Recovery Archive.

Findings

Stuart stresses the importance of giving hope to people with mental health problems. Individuals also need to believe that they can recover. He feels that the new Recovery Archive will help provide a more encouraging alternative perspective on living a life beyond the effects of mental illness.

Originality/value

Stuart is one of comparatively few people trying to present psychosis in a more positive perspective. He has made a significant contribution to helping change public perceptions towards mental illness through his media work.

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Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2042-8308

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Ian Davis

The purpose of this paper is to explore how fictional narratives help us envision ways of constructing the identity as teaching professionals. Furthermore, how encounters…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how fictional narratives help us envision ways of constructing the identity as teaching professionals. Furthermore, how encounters with fictional narratives and the absorption of their structures and ideologies can dictate how the author perceive ourselves, and others.

Design/methodology/approach

The pedagogy of teacher education relies heavily on narratised models of instruction such as Critical Reflective Practice (CRP). The purposefully traumatic aspects of CRP are designed to trouble the sense of self. I suggest here that this creates a period of subjective vulnerability in the pre-service teacher practitioner.

Findings

This paper examines the response to traumatic learning events focusing on how literary tropes and their encompassing ideologies become a powerful yet regressive force in restabilising the professional identity and galvanising the personal subjectivity.

Research limitations/implications

Data for this paper has been drawn from the Teaching Men research project that focused on a cohort of male teachers, from Australia and the UK working within TAFE/FE environments all of whom had recently become teachers.

Originality/value

This paper addresses a parallel concern: at a point of subjective vulnerability, a term coined as part of this analysis, how do fictional representations of male teachers impact on the construction and practice of teachers in the development of their professional identities? And how can the author devise a structure with which to interpret such activity?

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Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 14 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1443-9883

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Austin Sarat

This volume of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society explores the legacy of Stuart Scheingold. Stuart Scheingold passed away on June 24, 2010 after a long bout with…

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This volume of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society explores the legacy of Stuart Scheingold. Stuart Scheingold passed away on June 24, 2010 after a long bout with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. At the time of his death, he was 78 years old. Stuart had a distinguished academic career, teaching political science at the University of California (Davis), the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and, from 1969 until his retirement in 2002, at the University of Washington. The essays contained in this volume are written by former students and colleagues. They engage with his work in various ways, some by directly commenting on it, some by taking up and extending themes that Scheingold developed, some by offering testimonies to its influence.

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Special Issue: The Legacy of Stuart Scheingold
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78190-344-5

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Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, vol. 34 no. 2/3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0964-1866

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Martin Routledge

This response agrees with Stuart Cumella that it is reasonable to challenge the priority accorded by government to people with learning disabilities and to question the…

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This response agrees with Stuart Cumella that it is reasonable to challenge the priority accorded by government to people with learning disabilities and to question the power of the mechanisms for implementation of Valuing People. At the same time, however, it argues for a mature political approach, encouraging the taking of opportunities that are available and the shaping of structures and initiatives which are part of the implementation arrangements. Finally, it challenges Cumella's interpretation of person‐centred planning and seeks to offer some clarity on best use of person‐centred approaches.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 11 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Ricarda Hammer

Examining the work of Frantz Fanon and Stuart Hall, this article argues that their biographic practices and experiences as colonial subjects allowed them to break with…

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Examining the work of Frantz Fanon and Stuart Hall, this article argues that their biographic practices and experiences as colonial subjects allowed them to break with imperial representations and to provide new, anticolonial imaginaries. It demonstrates how the experience of the racialized and diasporic subject, respectively, creates a kind of subjectivity that makes visible the work of colonial cultural narratives on the formation of the self. The article first traces Fanon’s and Hall’s transboundary encounters with metropolitan Europe and then shows how these biographic experiences translate into their theories of practice and history. Living through distinct historical moments and colonial ideologies, Fanon and Hall produced theories of historical change, which rest on epistemic ruptures and conjunctural changes in meaning formations. Drawing on their biographic subjectivities, both intellectuals theorize cultural and colonial forms of oppression and seek to produce new knowledge that is based on practice and experience.

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International Origins of Social and Political Theory
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-267-1

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Phillip Jenner and Tim Gale

In a previous paper (LDR 11.2) we described the process of developing and implementing a relationship support service for people with learning disabilities. This was a

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In a previous paper (LDR 11.2) we described the process of developing and implementing a relationship support service for people with learning disabilities. This was a pilot project funded for one year. In this paper, we update some of the outcomes of the project and focus on some case studies illustrating the challenges and benefits of setting up a service of this nature. Although the success of a relationship support service will undoubtedly be judged by the number of successful introductions made, there are many less tangible benefits and experiences for service users, including some valuable learning experiences in communication and respecting the view of others. Attracting funding for the service continues to be the biggest challenge.

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 11 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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A. STUART

The sample survey on which this report is based was one of three undertaken in April and May 1950 by the Division of Research Techniques of the London School of Economics…

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The sample survey on which this report is based was one of three undertaken in April and May 1950 by the Division of Research Techniques of the London School of Economics in co‐operation with the Government Social Survey and the British Institute of Public Opinion. The surveys were confined to the London boroughs of Bermondsey, Tottenham, and Wandsworth. Their primary purpose, which is discussed at length by Durbin and Stuart (1951) and Booker and David (1952), was to investigate the differences in quantity and quality of information collected by amateur and professional interviewers, working under similar conditions. Durbin and Stuart give full details of the design and analysis of the surveys.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 8 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Suleika Bort, Marie Oehme and Florian Zock

To maintain and enhance innovation performance, many firms nowadays look for resources from external sources such as strategic alliances and regional network embeddedness…

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To maintain and enhance innovation performance, many firms nowadays look for resources from external sources such as strategic alliances and regional network embeddedness. While considering the important interdependencies among different alliances, research has established an alliance portfolio perspective. From an alliance portfolio perspective, firms can consciously configure the dimensions of their alliance portfolios such as partner characteristics, relational properties, or structural properties. However, within the context of alliance portfolio configuration, the role of regional networks has been largely overlooked. As most high-tech firms are regionally clustered, this is an important research gap. In addressing this gap, this study explores the link between regional network density, alliance portfolio configuration, and its contribution to firm innovation performance. We examine how regional network density and alliance partner diversity influences firm level innovation output. We also investigate the moderating effect of overall network partner status and partner diversity on the link between regional network density and innovation performance. Our empirical evidence is derived from a longitudinal quantitative study of 1,233 German biotechnology firms. We find that regional network density and alliance partner diversity has an inverted U-shape effect on firm level innovation performance. However, overall network status as well as alliance partner diversity negatively moderates the link between regional network density and innovation output. Thus, our study contributes to a better understanding of the link between regional networks, alliance portfolio configuration, and firm level innovation performance.

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Understanding the Relationship Between Networks and Technology, Creativity and Innovation
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78190-489-3

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