Cascade Engineering: Social Innovation at a Triple-Bottom-Line Plastics Manufacturer

by: Christopher White

Publication Date: July 25, 2016
Length: 20 pages
Product ID#: 1-430-487

Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior, Social Impact, Strategy & Management

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Terrance Robinson is a young associate at Cascade Engineering and he has an idea for a new product that will bring clean water to the developing world. Still, he lacks authority. He must navigate the waters of Cascade Engineering and its Triple Quest unit to make his dream a reality. The question is: Where should he start?

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Understand the nuanced situation facing Robinson as he seeks to create positive change without authority.
  • Apply appropriate frameworks and tools for creating change without authority to a specific situation.
  • Describe how they might proceed if they found themselves in a similar situation.