William Davidson Institute

The William Davidson Institute is an independent, non-profit research and educational organization guided by its founding principle that thriving businesses drive economic development and improve social welfare in low- and middle-income countries.

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WDI Works to Strengthen Tanzania’s Medical Supply Chain System

Two research managers from WDI, Michael Krautmann and Ben Davis, conducted a midterm review of a Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance (GHSC TA-TZ) project, funded by USAID.

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A Look Back: WDI Impact in 2018

Improving reproductive health supply chains to boost access to family planning products in Mozambique. Educating senior managers from around the Baltics. Helping both investors and enterprises they support better measure impact in Latin America. These partner projects are just a few examples of the work WDI performed around the world in 2018.

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Perspective: Studying How Industries Grow Can Provide Future Insights

In early September in Delhi, India, the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University launched “Closing the Circuit: Accelerating Clean Energy Investment in India.” The event included round-table discussions with enterprises and investors on how they might implement some of the ideas presented in the paper.

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Our Mission: “To equip economic decision-makers in…emerging countries with the tools of commercial success.”

The William Davidson Institute serves both profit-seeking and non-profit firms by creatively applying business skills in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). WDI does this by conducting research and working with local partners to develop business models that are profitable in LMICs, and by transferring business knowledge to decision makers operating in LMICs. The institute works with organizations focused on the education, energy, financial and healthcare sectors. WDI also offers management education programs, and measurement and evaluation services.


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Micro-mill or Mass Market? Organizational Crossroads in Costa Rican Coffee Cooperatives
This case describes a group of neighboring small coffee farmers in Costa Rica led informally by Elías Hernández. In August 2021, the group is weighing a decision to remain part…
Publication Date: 06/20/2022 Product ID: 6-199-214
Transforming a Successful Organization: Societal Changes Challenge the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan
This case is about the transformation of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (AAUM), one of the major organizations in its field. It begins with the CEO, Steve…
Publication Date: 05/24/2022 Product ID: 5-843-641
An Artisanal Bread Baker Diversifies her Product Line: The Case of Devrim Mumcuogullari
Devrim Mumcuogullari had been baking and selling bread successfully for the past two years. Her business had grown as her high-quality and nutritious products attracted new customers through word-of-mouth. With…
Publication Date: 05/06/2021 Product ID: 1-121-143
A Social Entrepreneur Explores Alternative Business Models During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Rawan Hudaifa
In 2020, Rawan Hudaifa, the Syrian migrant and entrepreneur behind Tina Zita (TZ), found her social enterprise in dire circumstances amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to public fear, a ban…
Publication Date: 05/06/2021 Product ID: 2-918-962
A Cheese Producer Pursues a New Market through E-commerce: The Case of Mohamed Bakkar
When Mohamed Bakkar started Besma in 2016, he was among the few producers of Syrian-style cheese in Istanbul. About five years later, while Bakkar had a customer base of ten…
Publication Date: 05/06/2021 Product ID: 3-090-835
Following the Scent to Success to Grow her Rose Water Business: The Case of Zeina Wazzan
Zeina Wazzan, a Syrian refugee now living in Turkey, has been selling rose water and other essences on a small scale. As the case begins, she is at an inflection…
Publication Date: 05/06/2021 Product ID: 2-945-000
Köprü: A Culinary Entrepreneur Incubation Program Aims for Sustainability to Address Humanitarian Challenges in Turkey
This case opens in Istanbul, Turkey in early 2020. The protagonist, Emine, is the executive director of Ulkayo, a fictional, Turkish-based non-governmental organization (NGO) implementing the Köprü entrepreneur incubation program.…
Publication Date: 01/18/2021 Product ID: 6-472-935
Anticipating Changes to African Supply Chains as a Result of COVID-19: The Case of Senegal
Amadou Sene, director of the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence at the African Institute of Management (IAM), had recently started a supply chain advising group in Senegal. Formal training…
Publication Date: 09/30/2020 Product ID: 5-322-306
The Costa Rican Software Corridor: Startup Develops Expansion Plans for Latin America
In the 1990s, San José, Costa Rica, was beginning to emerge as a Latin American hot spot for the information technology sector. SPS Software, a small startup in San José,…
Publication Date: 08/10/2020 Product ID: 1-369-193
Careem: MENA Ride-hailing Leader Strategizes Future Growth as an Uber Subsidiary
First place winner in WDI Publishing’s MENA Case Writing Competition “Doing Business in the Middle East North Africa Region,” sponsored by Michigan Ross Executive Education. This case examines the unique…
Publication Date: 07/14/2020 Product ID: 7-314-518

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