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WDI Publishing, William Davidson Institute (EDI), University of Michigan (2012)
March 23, 2012
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Winner of the 2012 Oikos Foundation Casewriting Competition. Swiss Re, a large global reinsurance company, has partnered with Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization, to provide the poor with risk reduction support. The partnership's evolution shows students many common inter- and intra-organizational challenges. For example, the need to overcome internal biases, adapt to organizational differences, and build the capacity to learn from one another. Students will experience what is required to maintain this type of relationship, as well as understand adjustments needed when partnerships scale.


Corporate social entrepreneurship; Developing countries; Economic development; Empowerment; Non-governmental organizations; Value creation

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2012 - oikos Case Writing Competition - second prize winner

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