A collection of award-winning cases on social entrepreneurship and sustainability written by Portland State University faculty, staff, and students. Email Jacen Greene (email@example.com) for teaching notes or questions on usage. Many of these cases are available to use for free in educational settings.
Replication School: Scaling Social Innovation
through Dissemination Training
white paper | 1.3 MB
Grameen Intel Social Business: Technology
Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid
academic case | NextBillion 2015 2nd Place Winner
2016 Case Studies
A social enterprise delivering clean drinking water in India deals with the fallout of a crisis in its parent foundation. Published in Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management 10e, Cengage, 2016.
2015 Case Studies
Explores the financial and branding cost/benefit tradeoffs facing a craft brewery in their efforts to incorporate sustainability into their long-term strategy.
Grameen Intel Social Business: Technology Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid (2015 Next Billion Competition 2nd Place)
Technology-based product development, new market entry, and impact measurement within social businesses/social enterprises serving the base of the pyramid.
2014 Case Studies
Analysis of marketing mix options, in terms of break-even quantity and return on investment, for a product to support wastewater infrastructure in the face of population growth and increased pressure on natural systems.
2013 Case Studies
Highlights decisions related to marketing and operations strategy, measurement of social and environmental impacts, pros and cons of eco-labels and certifications in the chocolate industry.
2012 Case Studies
Explores the ways in which a regional fast-food chain developed a staff culture of sustainability to support a strategic focus on the triple bottom line.
2011 Case Studies
Sustainable sourcing, local purchasing, and certifications as an emergent strategy in the fast-food industry.
This case study provides students with the opportunity to analyze a social enterprise operating in an intensely competitive global industry.
2010 Case Studies
Examines the creation of a new microfinance organization and associated capacity-building programs within an existing international NGO. Published in Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Greenleaf, 2011.
Analyzes the choices faced by a rancher cooperative as it seeks to incorporate sustainability efforts and meet changing consumer demands.
Highlights decisions related to marketing and operations strategy, pros and cons of certification, and social sustainability versus the other aspects of sustainability in the coffee supply chain.
2009 Case Studies
Sustainability Amidst Uncertainty: Columbia Forest Products' Pursuit of Sustainability in a Changing Market (2009 oikos Award 3rd Place)
The case is designed to highlight decisions related to strategy, adverse industry reactions, public policy and health claims. In addition, it provides an example of a product developed through biomimicry.
Hopworks Urban Brewery: A Case of Sustainable Beer
Grameen Intel: Business Model Canvas
Burgerville: Instilling a Sustainable Culture
Portland Roasting: Farm-Friendly Direct