Case questions for corporate environmental management – om 6000 Allied Signal

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Allied Signal

  1. What challenges have environmental regulations posed for Allied? Has this been all bad news? Does Allied have any competitive advantages?

  2. Does Allied’s strategy for dealing with hazardous wastes make sense?

  3. What have been the key implementation issues?

  4. What organizational capabilities are necessary to implement such a strategy?

  5. Going forward through the 90’s and beyond, should Callahan recommend any changes to this system?

BP Amoco Case Questions

  1. What are the likely effects of the Kyoto Protocol on the market structure of the petroleum industry and fossil fuels? On the political marketplace?

  2. What are the implications for BP Amoco?

  3. How has BP Amoco reacted? Is it an appropriate reaction to break away from the Industry?

  4. How will BP Amoco’s change in policy impact the relationships with various stakeholders? Customers? Competitors? Government? NGO’s?

  5. Do you think win-win is possible for Amoco? Why? Why not?

  6. How will BP Amoco manage the variations in programs across international boundaries?

  7. What recommendations can you make to BP Amoco’s management concerning the “aggressiveness” of their environmental programs? Should they be more aggressive? Should they differentiate across environmental lines? Should they lie back a little?

Southern Company Case Questions

  1. What is the impact of the Clean Air Acts Amendments of 1990 on the Southern Company’s Bowen Plant?

  2. What possibilities does Southern Company have in complying with the new law?

  3. What is Southern’s “least cost” alternative? In answering this question you should focus on the two high-sulfur coal options (i.e., with and without a scrubber). You should look at the present value of both scenarios, using data in the exhibits.

  4. What uncertainties does the company face that might cause it not to pursue the “least cost” solution?

  5. What should the Southern company do at the Bowen Plant?

  6. Is it in the public’s interest to foster the development of a market for sulfur dioxide allowances? Why or why not?

  7. Would you advocate the extending the concept of tradeable allowances to other pollutants?


  1. What Environmental Liabilities should be accrued in Polaroids financial statements? How should they be calculated? What information is needed to make the calculation?

  2. Is Polaroid’s disclosure of it’s environmental liabilities adequate? If not what other information would you like to have?

  3. Does Polaroid have its environmental liabilities under control? What is the role of EARS in this process? Should the environmental and financial/accounting systems be linked?

  4. Are the information systems sufficient for effective management of environment related issues?

  5. Should Polaroid incorporate environmental costs into its products? If not, why not? If so, how? What type of costs would you include?

  6. What is the total impact of environmental responsibility at Polaroid? Does its accounting appropriately reflect this impact? Are Mr. Norwood’s concerns valid?

Rank Xerox

  1. Why is Rank Xerox considering the introduction of a “green” line of copying machines?

  2. What are the arguments for and against introducing the new line?

  3. Assume Xerox has decided to launch? How should it manage the elements of the “marketing” mix? In particular, product policy (product characteristics, etc), pricing, and communications (promotion?) programs?

  4. Should marketing mix be tailored to country markets or as a Pan-European effort?

  5. Should the Xerox “Total Satisfaction Guarantee” apply to the green line?

Eastman Kodak

  1. Do you think Fisher’s Restructuring and Downsizing efforts helped or hindered TQEM Implementation?

  2. Was the Utilities division a good choice for testing the TQEM program? Why or Why not?

  3. Is the Matrix objective? Does the Matrix measure all the relevant criteria? How would you measure success?

  4. Has TQEM lived up to expectations in the Utilities Division? Has the TQEM system resulted in measurable and consistent improvements in environmental effort and reduced costs?

  5. If Kodak decides to apply for ISO14000 certification, should TQEM be the EMS implemented?

  6. Would you recommend implementing TQEM in other Divisions? Why or why not?

  7. Would you modify the matrix or the implementation process?

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