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Case
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Reference no. 9-300-011
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 1999
Version: 30 November 1999
Length: 15 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Documents the creation of a national before-and-after-school day care program aimed at bridging the gap between school and parents'' work schedules. This high-growth, for-profit social enterprise organization operated in what was historically the domain of nonprofit or government sectors. Tensions emerge between: 1) pressure to grow and the need to maintain quality, 2) pursuit of a noble mission and a desire to create personal wealth, 3) creation of a national organization and a local program delivery capability, and 4) meeting investor expectations while maintaining the purity of the programs.; Can be used to examine the tensions described above.

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Abstract

Documents the creation of a national before-and-after-school day care program aimed at bridging the gap between school and parents'' work schedules. This high-growth, for-profit social enterprise organization operated in what was historically the domain of nonprofit or government sectors. Tensions emerge between: 1) pressure to grow and the need to maintain quality, 2) pursuit of a noble mission and a desire to create personal wealth, 3) creation of a national organization and a local program delivery capability, and 4) meeting investor expectations while maintaining the purity of the programs.; Can be used to examine the tensions described above.

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