Elevating Impact: Case Studies in Sustainable Business and Social Entrepreneurship



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Social entrepreneurship -- United States, Social entrepreneurship -- Developing countries, Nonprofit organizations -- United States, Businesspeople -- United States -- Interviews


This collection of award-winning academic case studies showcases innovative approaches to sustainable business and social entrepreneurship. Each case utilizes interviews with company founders and executives, internal documents, and other original research to reveal details not available elsewhere, giving students a behind-the-scenes look at marketing, finance, and strategy. With examples from business, government, and nonprofit organizations, the cases are suitable for graduate and undergraduate courses in a range of topics. All cases were researched and written by Portland State University faculty, students, and staff.

Organizations featured in the case collection include: Burgerville, Clean Water Services, Columbia Forest Products, Country Natural Beef, Friends of the Children, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Mercy Corps, Portland Roasting Company, SeQuential, Tropical Salvage.



Introduction to the case collection -- Case abstracts and awards -- ALTIS: a microfinance startup in Napal / by Jacen Greene and Scott Marshall -- Burgerville: instilling a sustainable culture / by Sully Taylor, James Begg, Colin Gallison, Will Sandman, and Benjamin Werner -- Clean Water Grow: "go or no go?" / by Scott Marshall, and Simon Ngawhika -- Columbia Forest Products: pursuit of sustainability in a changing market / by Scott Marshall, Zachary Anderson, Matthew Flax, Daniel Gambetta, Jacen Greene, and Madeleine E. Pullman -- Country Natural Beef: a maturing co-op at the crossroads / by Madeleine E. Pullman, Victoria Villa-Lobos, and Zhaohui Wu -- Friends of the Children: strategies for scalling impact / by Jacen Greene, Nicki Yechin Lee, and Eric Nelsen -- Hopworks Urban Brewery: a case of sustainable beer / by Madeleine E. Pullman, Jacen Greene, Devin Liebmann, Nga Ho, and Xan Pedisich -- Portland Roasting Company: farm friendly direct / by Madeleine E. Pullman, Brandon Arends, Mark Lanagston, Greg Price and Greg Stokes -- SeQuential: sustainability and growth in the biofuels business / by Dave Garten, Jacen Greene, Carolyn Niehaus, and Devdeep Aikath -- Tropical Salvage's growth strategy: from recession to expansion / by Scott Marshall, Lisa Piefer, and Erin Ferrigno.

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