Edition 8: This case study shows how Travis Perkins has built an EMS based on the International Standard ISO 14001 in order to reduce costs and make a major contribution to ‘sustainability’. Therefore, it intends to minimise its impact on the environment.
Edition 7: This case study focuses upon how ARM has developed a global influence despite being a relatively small player in a fast-moving industry. It has achieved this through its technology, its unique business model and its investment in R&D.
Edition 7: Clearly, the National Lottery is ‘big business’. There remains the thorny question of just how far, and in what aspects of its operation, it needs to be regulated by government. This case study considers that question.
Edition 7: This case study outlines the nature of that challenge and shows how the packaging industry has itself created a body that works to encourage responsible attitudes towards packaging in modern society.
Edition 6: This case study examines the background to sustainable development, the environment and its protection. It also looks at how Nestlé S.A. the world's leading food company, developed a policy and current business practices that reduce the company's effect on the environment.
Edition 4: This case study focuses on key aspects of the ‘stockbroking revolution’ and shows how Barclays Stockbrokers has embraced modern technology in order to give customers maximum control of their own stocks and shares trading.
Edition 3: This case study examines how First Direct became the catalyst for change in the banking industry. From the beginning, First Direct has been breaking the mould of traditional banking and maintains a philosophy of providing and anticipating the financial services people require.
Edition 3: This case study focuses on regulation in the water services industry in England and Wales and shows how the Office of Water Services (OFWAT), the Department of the Environment, the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate, play a crucial role in regulating the industry in this country.
Edition 2: This case study shows how efficient project management provides Metro Cammell with the flexibility to respond to project requirements from the offer of tender until the project is completed and is the key to future success.
Edition 19: This case study looks at the phases of the business cycle and how these influence UNISON’s There for You, both operationally as a charity and also with the provision of support services its members require.
Edition 8: This case study looks at how the OFT helps to make markets work better for consumers through its roles of investigation, enforcement and communication. We can support the work of the OFT by becoming more discriminating and by seeking and demanding excellent products and high standards of service.
Edition 20: This case study looks at Primark’s involvement in the HERproject (Health Enables Returns) which is raising awareness and delivering healthcare education to female workers in supplier countries.
Edition 10: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, Students should be able to: know the meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), give examples of CSR activities, understand the importance to business of being involved with communities on a local and global scale.
Edition 7: This case study focuses on the approach The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) takes to social responsibility. The Company is proud of the fact that in addition to being a world-famous global brand it also takes an active, responsible interest in individuals and communities at a local level wherever it operates.
Edition 7: The Quantity Surveyor is a key advisor at all stages of the property life-cycle for which there are many factors that influence it. This study will focus on just one, the issue of sustainable development - 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own future needs'.
Edition 7: Sustainability is a broad concept. This case study focuses on both what companies do, as well as how they do them - looking at the impact on the environment and communities in which the organisation operates.
Edition 4: This case study focuses on corporate citizenship - i.e. the obligations which organisations have to their communities. Concern for the environment will be considered as an example of corporate citizenship.
Edition 2: This case study focuses on one business organisation - Whitbread and shows how, through its commitment to the community, it has been able to develop a high reputation for quality and excellence in all that it does.
Edition 12: This case study shows how market research has helped Nestlé understand what consumers wanted to know about Nestlé products so they can make informed choices. This has enabled Nestle to exercise corporate responsibility and demonstrate its business principles.
Edition 10: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: explain the importance of ethics, understand how a strategic approach to ethics is more likely to be effective, understand how ethics can shape responses to change.
Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: understand the nature and purpose of accounting, appreciate the role of professional accountants in managing information and using knowledge for decision-taking purposes , understand the contribution made by accounting standards and a code of ethics towards providing a true and fair view of business performance.
Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: understand what is meant by ethical behaviour within business, explain the possible broad-ranging benefits of ethical behaviour, describe the ways in which Cadbury Schweppes behaves ethically towards its stakeholders.
Edition 4: This case study examines how C&A has created Codes of Conduct, not only for dealing with suppliers but also for the conduct of its own executives. These Codes of Conduct have been clearly researched to achieve a clear focus on specific ethical standards.
Edition 15: The role of the IPO is to help manage intellectual property rightsto encourage innovation and creativity. Like all businesss, it needs to take account of and respond to influences in the external environment.
Edition 10: As a result of Carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: know that Castrol’s heritage is based on a combination of technical excellence in the development and production of oils and a focus on meeting the needs of customers, understand key elements of the dynamic marketing environment in which Castrol operates, and that Castrol has responded to this environment by providing technically superior products, know that Castrol’s oils and lubricants are designed to meet the need of a variety of market segments.
Edition 10: As a reult of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: understand that the business environment is uncertain and volatile, know that businesses cannot avoid taking risks, value the importance of businesses and households obtaining insurance cover against risk.
Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: understand the nature of competitive markets, appreciate how the external environment should provide the basis for planning strategy, appreciate how sustainability creates opportunities for businesses.
Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: identify different activities undertaken by commercial property companies such as Land Securities, understand the meaning and benefits of urban regeneration, appreciate the importance of external influences on a firm’s activities.
Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: appreciate the complexity of a typical organisation’s business environment, understand the importance of using marketing activities to match the competitive position of an organisation with the environment it serves, understand the various elements of a SLEPT analysis.
Edition 8: This case study focuses on the Yellow Bus concept and how First is introducing them to the UK. Launching the service in the UK has been made easier by the existing brand recognition and by the strong positive image nurtured through years of exposure in American films and TV series.
Edition 8: This case study focuses on the use of environmental taxes, and the important role played by HM Customs & Excise in administering these taxes in support of the UK government’s hopes and plans for environmental improvement.
Edition 7: This case study illustrates how HM Customs & Excise, one of the oldest UK government departments, works supportively with small businesses by helping them to understand various laws and account for Value Added Tax (VAT) correctly and efficiently.
Edition 2: This case study demonstrates how competition policy seeks to encourage and improve the competitive process, and to ensure consumers feel the benefits of that process. These aims are achieved in practice through competition law.
Edition 2: This case study looks at how regulation involves the development of rules or conditions which govern the behaviour of an organisation, by setting standards which are clearly defined, understood and designed to be achieved.
Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: define the term budget and explain the purpose of budgeting, outline the importance of identifying major variances and taking remedial actions, list the advantages and disadvantages of budgeting.
Edition 17: This case study examines one major wastewater quality improvement investment made by United Utilities. It shows how important non-financial considerations, such as the impact on the environment, were in arriving at the best decision.
Edition 16: This case study looks at how in 2008 Syngenta proposed an investment in new manufacturing capacity that would allow it to increase production of Amistar. It reviews the analyses that helped the company decide whether to proceed with this investment.
Edition 9: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: understand the importance of examining detailed data in making investment decisions, know how to set out choices involved in decision making, understand how a calculation involving an investment decision is made.
Edition 3: This case study focuses on a recent appraisal of a key infrastructure project involving the West Coast Main Line and examines how such a development could significantly change the competitive position of the railway industry.
Edition 8: This case study concentrates on longer-term funds. Through Investment Trusts, well-managed businesses have access to secure finance. Whilst those investing, whether individuals or groups, can have confidence in the management of their funds.
Edition 2: This case study focuses on the way in which a particular type of financial institution, Building Societies, are able to reduce their financial risks today by using the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE).
Edition 10: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: know what is meant by a product life cycle, understand research is needed to identify the best way of injecting new life into brands/products, explain the key components of a SWOT analysis.
Edition 10: As a result of carefully reading the Case Study, students should be able to: explain what is meant by repositioning and why Philips carried out qualitative and quantitative research to identify an appropriate position for the brand, understand why it is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of an existing brand when deciding how to reposition it, describe how Philips had built a new position for its brand, based on creating products that are ‘designed around you’, ‘easy to experience’, and ‘advanced’.
Edition 8: This case study illustrates the benefits of the Connexions Card to 16-19 year olds. It also focuses on how the Department for Education & Skills (DfES), a public service business, has joined forces with Capita, a private sector service business, to form a public private partnership (PPP).
Edition 8: This case study considers the importance of branding and the value of an established brand name when a company such as HMV is looking to expand and to adapt its business in response to changing market conditions.
Edition 8: This case study illustrates how Kraft Foods' management accountants act as financial planning analysts to support the process of brand development. It highlights how Kraft's forward planning and supporting processes of investment/forecast analysis supports its core brands in a fast-changing market place.
Edition 8: This case study looks at the work of Pittards, a British company that uses skilled buying and high-tech production methods to produce world class leathers for superbrands. It also focuses on the Japanese quality system - 20 Keys.
Edition 7: This case study examines the creation of a new and exciting brand - Café Cadbury - which shows how detailed thought has been applied to making this a successful venture which extends the Cadbury reputation by providing a high profile presence and by giving consumers even more reasons to choose Cadbury.
Edition 7: This case study shows how Corus has set about building a consistent, respected brand identity that can be quickly recognised, with a view to giving the company a worldwide competitive advantage.
Edition 6: This case study looks at how Cadbury Schweppes applied an adopted business philosophy (Managing for Value - refer to The Times 100 Edition 5) to one of its core business activities: selling chocolate products to children either directly or through their parents.