McDonald’s (B2): The Decision

by: Stuart L. Hart

Publication Date: January 1, 2008
Length: 3 pages
Product ID#: 1-428-687

Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior, Strategy & Management, Sustainability

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Case B2 is the third of part of the McDonald’s Case Series. It is a short summary of McDonald’s decision regarding the clamshells. It also highlights reactions to the decision from various newspaper editors, suppliers, and the national polystyrene recycling center. This can be provided to students as a follow-up in class, and should be used alongside case B1.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Discuss how to develop partnerships between businesses and environmental groups.
  • Understand how to use life cycle analysis (LCA) for decision making.
  • Analyze how environmental issues impact corporate strategy.