Vodafone Egypt and the Arab Spring: When Government and Business Collide

by: Andrew Hoffman

Publication Date: February 27, 2015
Length: 12 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-417

Core Disciplines: Communications, Ethics, International Business, Social Impact, Sustainability

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This case centers around Vodafone Egypt and its role in the political instability of Egypt in 2011. The then-president of Egypt asked telecommunication providers to terminate operations to help mitigate the abilities of citizens to rally rapport with the global media and organize local demonstrations. The core dilemma surrounds the idea of how much influence corporations should have on public policy and what a corporation’s role is in relation to politics and/or the government, specifically in areas with political instability and conflict.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Identify how corporate strategy intersects with human rights
  • Explain the interconnected relationship among social media, corporations, and politics.
  • Describe the role of corporate social responsibility in a politically unstable setting
  • Identify complications that impact the bottom line and business strategy of a multinational corporation operating in crisis situation.