The Centre's Library and Resource Centre holds a wealth of domestic and international publications and newsletters, case materials and other information on corporate public affairs.
Activists in the Boardroom: How advocacy groups seek to shape corporate behaviourL
Price, Tom (Foundation for Public Affairs)
This report explores how activists organise company constituents, encourage socially responsible investing, push for codes of conduct, and oppose corporate behaviour that they feel is detrimental to society. The report also examines recent cases in which activists have pressured corporations to use their lobbying prowess to advance a particular social agenda - to the consternation of equally strong-willed activists with a different social agenda.
Against the Grain: The AWB scandal and why it happenedL
Stephen Bartos (University of Washington Press, 2006)
The significance of the AWB scandal extends well beyond its immediate political impact. Its lasting lessons go to the heart of how government and companies are run in Australia. In this book Stephen Bartos explores those lessons, and shows that reform will be needed to provide the assurance that this country is committed to transparency and accountability.
Harvard Business Review (Vol. 84, No. 1) January 2006L
Various (Harvard Business School Publishing, January 2006)
Special Issue on Decision Making. FROM THE EDITOR: Did you ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? CASE STUDY: All the Wrong Moves; A Brief History of Decision Making FRONTIERS: Decisions and Desire FEATURES: Who had the D? How Clear Decision Roles Enhance Organisational Performance; Evidence-Based Management; Stop Making Plans; Start Making Decisions; Decisions Without Blinders; Competing on Analytics; Conquering a Culture of Indecision; The Hidden Traps in Decision Making PANEL DISCUSSION: The View from Above
Lobbying in Australia: you can’t expect anything to change if you don’t speak upL
Julian Fitzgerald (Rosenberg Publishing)
Packer’s Lunch: A rollicking tale of Swiss bank accounts and money-making adventures in the roaring ‘90sL
Neil Chenoweth (Allen & Unwin, 2006)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an Australian in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a Swiss banker . . .'The dark channels of money and power that flow beneath the surface of Australian society are perilous places. Everyone is a diner, but who gets to share the crumbs and who ends up on the menu? For years Graham Richardson, Trevor Kennedy and Rene Rivkin navigated these waters deftly with a little secret help from their offshore advisor. The exposure of their Swiss accounts uncovered a world of secret share trading going back decades by a much wider group of players.
The Wal-Mart Effect: How an Out-of-Town Superstore Became a SuperpowerL
Charles Fishman (Allen Lane, 2006)
Wal-Mart reaches around the globe, shaping the work and the lives of people who make toys in China, or raise salmon in Chile, or sew shirts in Bangladesh, even though they may never visit a Wal-Mart store in their lives. Wal-Mart has even changed the way we think about ourselves — as shoppers, as consumers. Wal-Mart has changed our sense of quality, it has changed our sense of what a good deal is.
The Wal-Mart effect reveals the astonishing array of ways in which the company is reshaping the terms of business; the economies of our communities; lives of factory workers, both in the US and around the world, even the entire US economy.
Corporate social responsibility: Doing the most good for your company and your causeL
Kotler, Philip; Lee, Nancy (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2005)
An overview of best practices in maximising corporate contributions to social issues. Includes twenty-five corporate case studies. Chapters include: The Case for Doing at Least Some Good; Corporate Social Initiatives; Corporate Cause Promotions; Cause Related Marketing; Corporate Social Marketing; Corporate Philanthropy; Corporate Volunteering; Social Responsible Business Practices; Twenty-five Best Practices for Doing the Most Good for the Company and the Cause; A Marketing Approach to Winning Corporate Funding and Support for Social Initiatives
Hiring and managing state contract lobbyistsL
Campnella, Constance (Public Affairs Council, Washington, 2005)
A public affairs management report from the US highlighting the hiring and managing of contract lobbyists by a state government affairs professional. Several scenarios are included in the paper to assist in decision making as to when a lobbyist may be required. Key headings include: Do I really need a Lobbyist?; Finding a Lobbyist; Hiring a Lobbyist; Managing the Lobbyist; Appendix A: State web sites for lobbyist registrations; Appendix B: Direct Interview Questions
Managing a company in an activist worldL
Burke, Edmund (Praeger Publishers, Westport, 2005)
Demonstrates how community involvement can influence corporate strategy. Outlines strategies that leaders can employ to shake off inertia, public scepticism, and short term focus to make corporate citizenship a priority without sacrificing growth and profits. Chapters include: The Case for Change; Social Vision; Managing External Affairs; CACDIC Strategy; External Stakeholders; Preparing Managers; Stakeholder Relations Plan; Site Community Strategy; CEO’s Responsibility
Managing a company in an activist worldL
Burke, Edmund M (Praeger, Westport, Conn., 2005)
This book champions the use of cooperative and collaborative approaches to community issues and concerns by corporations, such as how to arrive at consensus between activists and companies peacefully. The author has shown a compelling picture of the future of the CSR process and best practice.
The United States of Wal-martL
Dicker, John (Penguin Group, New York, 2005)
An insight into the Wal-Mart the largest corporation in the world, which is continuing to expand within the United States and now globally. The expansion is at the expense of employees, property owners, and activists with diverse agendas but benefits the disadvantaged with a need for cheap healthy food and staple goods. An inquiry into how one company has altered our expectations as consumers and what citizens will tolerate.
Walking the talk: building a culture for successL
Taylor, Carolyn (Random House, London, 2005)
Chapters include: Demystifying Culture; Defining the Culture you Want; Culture Development Plan;Framework for Change; Changing Behaviour; Cultural Enablers; Communication; Process of Management; Issues for Smaller Organisations
What matters most - how a small group of pioneers is teaching social responsibility to big business, and why big business is listeningL
Hollender, Jeffrey and Fenichell, Stephen (Basic Books, US, 2005)
Discusses corporate strategy that hardwires social and environmental concerns into the company’s culture, operation systems and business relationships. ‘What matters most’ shows business leaders how to assess company performance, adopt a social responsible approach to doing business, and embark on a path of long-term growth.
Harvard Business Review (Vol. 83, No. 12) December 2005L
Various (Harvard Business School Publishing, December 2005)
FROM THE EDITOR: On the one Hand. HBR CASE STUDY: Just in Time for the Holidays MANAGING YOURSELF: How to Build Your Network FEATURES: Strategy and Your Stronger Hand; Marketing Malpractice: The Cause and the Cure; MANAGING AUTHENTICITY: The Paradox of Great Leadership; Regional Strategies for Global Leadership; “A Players” or “A Positions”? The Strategic Logic of Workforce Management BEST PRACTICE: Up to Code: Does Your Company’s Conduct Meet World-Class Standards? TOOL KIT: Getting Offshoring Right PANEL DISCUSSION: Don’t Fence It In
Harvard Business Review: Reader’s 2005 GuideL
Various (Harvard Business School Publishing, December 2005)
A guide to the year’s articles by author and subject. Includes Executive Summaries
Harvard Business Review (Vol. 83, no. 11)L
Various (Harvard Business School, Publishing Division, Boston, November 2005)
EDITORIAL: Can you be too Creative; HBR CASE STUDY: Riding the Celtic Tiger; DIFFERENT VOICE: Are you Working Too Hard?; FEATURES: Innovation Versus Complexity: What Is Too Much of a Good Thing?; Leadership in your Midst: Tapping the Hidden Strengths of Minority Executives; Your Have More Capital Than you Think; Hiring for Smarts; The Perfect Message at the Perfect Moment; TOOL KIT: Scanning the Periphery; BEST PRACTICE: Defensive Marketing: How a Strong Incumbent Can Protect Its Position; PANEL DISCUSSION: Different Strokes
Harvard Business Review (Vol. 83, no. 10)
Various (Harvard Business School, Publishing Division, Boston, October 2005)
FROM THE EDITOR: First Things First; HBR CASE STUDY: The Cane Mutiny: Managing a Graying Workforce; BIG PICTURE: Zeitgeist Leadership; FEATURES: Growing Talent as if your Business Depended on it; The Office of Strategy Management; The Passive-Aggressive Organisation; Information Technology and the Board of Directors; The Hard Side of Change Management; BEST PRACTICE: Master of the House: Why a Company Should Take Control of Its Building Projects; FRONTIERS: Four Strategies for the Age of Smart Services; PANEL DISCUSSION: Give to Get
Journal of Public Affairs: an international journal. Volume 5, No. 3-4, August-November 2005L
various (John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex, 2005)
A journal which provides a forum for professional and academic debate about the future development of public affairs. Special Issue on Food Concerns. ACADEMIC PAPERS: Proactive consumer consultation: the effect of information provision on response to transgenic animals: Consumers’ search behaviour for GM food information; Consumer benefits and acceptance of genetically modified food; Determinants of anti-GM food activism; The contaminated risk of GM crops: nationalism and the genetic modification debate; The GM foods debate in Europe: history, regulatory solutions, and consumer response research; Is Europe moving from cleansing genetically modified foodstuffs to peaceful ‘co-existence? Shaping Brazil’s emerging GMO policy: opportunities for leadership; Implementing the Cartagena Biosafety Protocol through national biosafety regulatory systems: an analysis of key unresolved issues; Communication dimensions of the UK foot and mouth disease crisis, 2001; Improving recall crisis management: should retailer information be disclosed. BOOK REVIEW: Genetically modified foods: Debating Biotechnology
Harvard Business Review (Vol. 83, no. 6)
Various (Harvard Business School, Publishing Division, Boston, June 2005)
FROM THE EDITOR: Asking the Right Questions; HBR CASE STUDY: Holding Fast; HBR SPOTLIGHT: Managing Risk in an Unstable World; Strategies That Fit Emerging Markets FEATURES: The Surprising Economics of a People Business; The Coming commoditization of Processes; Developing First-Level Leaders; Every Employee an Owner, Really BEST PRACTICE: Your Alliances are too Stable; PANEL DISCUSSION: Imperfect Storms
Harvard Business Review (Vol. 83, no. 5)
Various (Harvard Business School, Publishing Division, Boston, May 2005)
EDITORIAL: Practice Makes Perfect; HBR CASE STUDY: Fat Chance; FIRST PERSON: Back Where We Belong FEATURES: Building Breakthrough Businesses Within Established Organizations; Your Company’s Secret Change Agents; Break Free From the Product Life Cycle; How Business Schools Lost Their Way; BEST PRACTICE: Creating the Living Brand; TOOL KIT: Six Sigma Pricing PANEL DISCUSSION: The Problem With Plaudits