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Walker, Russell 1972-

Overview
Works: 19 works in 80 publications in 1 language and 1,991 library holdings
Genres: Case studies 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Russell Walker
Winning with risk management by Russell Walker( )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'This book develops the notion that companies can succeed on the basis of risk management, much as companies compete on efficiency, costs, labor, location, and other dimensions. The reality of risk and how it impacts companies is that it is much more definite, often catastrophic and looks more like a shock. This is striking, as a difference between firms on risk different than a marginal difference in operating efficiencies, for example. Competing on Risk Management requires a discipline, a commitment to using information and recognizing shocks and then acting upon those to redistribute assets. This book will examine how leading firms that compete on risk have done this and showcase best practices and impacts to the capital structure of firms and their organizational formation'--Book Description
From big data to big profits : success with data and analytics by Russell Walker( Book )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Russell Walker investigates the use of big data to stimulate innovations in operational effectiveness and business growth. Walker examines the nature of big data and how businesses can use it to create new monetization opportunities. Using case studies of Apple, Netflix, Google, LinkedIn, Zillow, Amazon, and other leaders in the use of big data, Walker explores how digital platforms such as mobile apps and social networks are changing the nature of customer interactions and the way big data is created and used by companies. Such changes, as Walker points out, will require careful consideration of legal and unspoken business practices as they affect consumer privacy. Companies looking to develop a big data strategy will find great value in the SIGMA framework, which he has developed to assess companies for big data readiness and provide direction on the steps necessary to get the most from big data."--Front flap
Scandal at Société Générale : rogue trader or willing accomplice? by Russell Walker( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This case covers the scandal that occurred in 2008 at Société Génerale when one trader, Jerôme Kerviel, lost the prominent French bank nearly five billion Euros through his unauthorized trading. The case describes Kerviel's schemes as well as SocGen's internal monitoring and reporting processes, organizational structures, and culture so that students reading the case can identify and discuss the shortcomings of the firm's risk management practices. The case and epilogue also describe the French government's and Finance Minister Christine Lagarde's reactions to the scandal (e.g., imposition of a four million Euros fine and increased regulations), prompting students to consider the role of government in overseeing that healthy risk management practices are followed in key industries (such as banking) that are highly entwined with entire economies
Netflix leading with data : the emergence of data-driven video by Russell Walker( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By 2009 Netflix had all but trounced its traditional bricks-and-mortar competitors in the video rental industry. Since its founding in the late 1990s, the company had changed the face of the industry and threatened the existence of such entrenched giants as Blockbuster, in large part because of its easy-to-understand subscription model, policy of no late fees, and use of analytics to leverage customer data to provide a superior customer experience and grow its e-commerce media platform. Netflix's investment in data collection, IT systems, and advanced analytics such as proprietary data mining techniques and algorithms for customer and product matching played a crucial role in both its strategy and success. However, the explosive growth of the digital media market presents a serious challenge for Netflix's business
Conseco : market assumptions and risk by Russell Walker( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In March 2007 C. James Prieur, CEO of insurance provider Conseco, was faced with a crisis. The front page of the New York Times featured a story on the grieving family of an elderly woman who had faithfully paid for her Conseco long-term care (LTC) policy, only to find that it would not pay her claims. Her family had to pay for her care (until her recent death), which unfortunately resulted in the loss of the family business. The family was now very publicly pursuing litigation. This case examines the reputational damage incurred by Conseco
Nokia's supply chain management by Russell Walker( )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In March 2000 a fire broke out at the Royal Philips Electronics plant, damaging its supply of semiconductor chips. Nokia Corporation and Ericsson LM relied on these chips to produce their cell phones; together they received 40 percent of the plant's chip production. Both companies were about to release new cell phone designs that required the chips. At Nokia, word of the setback spread quickly up the chain of command. Nokia's team, which had a crisis plan in place, sprang into action. With an aggressive, multipronged strategy, Nokia avoided any cell phone production loss. In contrast, the low-level technician who received the information at Ericsson did not notify his supervisors about the fire. This case study discusses this topic
Maxxed out : TJX companies and the largest-ever consumer data breach by Russell Walker( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In November 2005 Fidelity Homestead, a savings bank in Louisiana, began noticing suspicious charges from Mexico and southern California on its customers' credit cards. More than a year later, an audit revealed peculiarities in the credit card data in the computer systems of TJX Companies, the parent company of more than 2600 discount fashion and home accessories retail stores in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Justice Department, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found that hackers had penetrated TJX's systems in mid-2005, accessing information that dated as far back as 2003. This case study discusses this topic
Arbor City Community Foundation by Karl Schmedders( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arbor City Community Foundation (ACCF) was a medium-sized endowment established in Illinois in the late 1970s through the hard work of several local families. The vision of the ACCF was to be a comprehensive center for philanthropy in the greater Arbor City region. ACCF had a fund balance (known collectively as "the fund") of just under $240 million. The ACCF board of trustees had appointed a committee to oversee investment decisions relating to the foundation assets. The investment committee, under the guidance of the board, pursued an active risk-management policy for the fund. The committee members were primarily concerned with the volatility and distribution of portfolio returns. They relied on the value-at-risk (VaR) methodology as a measurement of the risk of both short- and mid-term investment losses. The questions in Part (A) of the case direct the students to analyze the risk inherent in both one particular asset and the entire ACCF portfolio. For this analysis the students need to calculate daily VaR and monthly VaR values and interpret these figures in the context of ACCF's risk management. In Part (B) the foundation receives a major donation. As a result, the risk inherent in its portfolio changes considerably. The students are asked to evaluate the risk of the fund's new portfolio and to perform a portfolio rebalancing analysis. Understanding the concept of value at risk (VaR); Calculating daily and monthly VaR by two different methods, the historical and the parametric approach; Interpreting the results of VaR calculations; Understanding the role of diversification for managing risk; Evaluating the impact of portfolio rebalancing on the overall risk of a portfolio
CEMEX : information technology, an enabler for building the future by Russell Walker( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The case examines the role of IT in CEMEX, a giant Mexican building materials manufacturer in an industry categorized by low margins and high costs. In the early 1990s, CEMEX made significant investments in its IT systems, resulting in a data-based management operation that put it at the forefront of the industry. As the company grew through acquisitions, it integrated IT through "The CEMEX Way," a set of standardized processes, organizations, and systems implemented on a common IT platform.In 2007, when CEMEX acquired Rinker, a major Australian concrete company, aligning Rinker with CEMEX IT systems was critical to quickly streamline operations and realize efficiencies. The CIO of CEMEX had developed a new integration process called Processes & IT (P&IT) that he was considering using for the Rinker integration. However, P&IT required additional resources, including significant upfront fixed costs and investment in new personnel teams at a time when the company was already struggling with the integration of another acquisition. CEMEX could either align Rinker to The CEMEX Way or use the opportunity to invest significantly more in evolving to the new P&IT approach that focused on business process management
Nestlé ice cream in Cuba by Russell Walker( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1996, as the Castro regime began welcoming limited international investment back to Cuba, Nestlé signed a letter of intent with the Cuban government to build an ice cream factory in Havanas El Cotorro neighborhood. The plant, a joint venture between the Cuban government and Nestlé, would produce high-quality ice cream products for tourists and affluent Cubans.Nearly twenty years after this decision to enter the Cuban market, it is not clear how successful the investment has been and what the future might hold for Nestlé on the island. Nestlé has faced important challenges in Cubasuch as supply shortages, entrenched domestic competitors, and risk of government interferencebut there has been evidence of some marketing and financial success. The 2015 normalization of diplomatic relations may bring new strategic threats and opportunities as American companies begin to eye the Cuban market and current competitors prepare for market changes.In the case, students will evaluate Nestles investment and strategy for future growth in the Cuban market and consider the companys market entry strategy, operations, and finances
Bank of America : consumers fight back by Russell Walker( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On October 6, 2011, President Barack Obama publicly scolded Bank of America for developing a new revenue stream: a $5 monthly fee for all Bank of America debit card holders, which the bank had announced a month earlier. It was a strategy for replacing lost swipe fee revenue following the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and accompanying Durbin Amendment, which capped swipe fees at 21 cents per transaction. This was the culmination of three tumultuous years for the world's largest financial services firm, but would not be the end of its public affairs challenges.The president's public critique of Bank of America came in response to and helped exacerbate consumer anger about the banks monthly fee, changes across the banking sector, and general discontent with Wall Street. Bank of America's situation was complicated further by ongoing legal action following acquisitions of Merrill Lynch and Countrywide, which hurt the firms shareholders and led to large-scale employee layoffs. In this case study, students will be challenged to analyze how Bank of America could have better managed the competing interests of different stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, regulators, customers, and the public
Neighborhood watch : the rise of Zillow by Joanna Green( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Read any news report on the housing market, and inevitably it will include facts or figures from the real estate data giant Zillow.com. The company initially set out to solve two key economic frictions in the real estate industry--information asymmetry and the principal-agent problem--by empowering users to access real-time housing data and eliminating the need for realtors. The company soon realized, however, that American homeowners and buyers were not willing to give up the traditional real estate agent model and changed course. In the end, Zillow decided to join--rather than replace--the middlemen in the real estate industry
Chipotle Mexican Grill : food with integrity? by Russell Walker( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By any measure, Chipotle Mexican Grill was a success story in the restaurant business. It grew from one location in 1993 to over 2,000 locations by 2016 and essentially created the fast casual dining category. Its stock appreciated more than 1,000% in the ten years following its 2006 IPO.However, after more than 20 years without a major reported food safety incident, Chipotle was revealed as the source of multiple outbreaks of illness from norovirus, salmonella, and E. coli that sickened nearly 600 people in 13 states in 2015. The company closed stores, spent several months under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations, and faced a criminal investigation in connection with the incidents.After a much-publicized closing of all of its stores on February 8, 2016, and numerous changes to its food sourcing and preparation practices, Chipotle tried to win back customers with dramatically increased advertising and free food promotions.However, on April 26, the chain announced its first-ever quarterly loss as a public company. Same-store sales for the first quarter were 29.7% lower than in the previous year. Operating margins fell from 27.5% to 6.8% over the same period, and the company's share price was down 41% from its summer 2015 high
Horse trading : food sourcing in the twenty-first century by Russell Walker( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In January 2013, Irish authorities were the first to uncover the years first food sourcing scandal: horsemeat sold as beef on supermarket shelves. It was not long before regulators and retailers realized the problem was truly a continental one. The incident involved French exporters, Luxembourger production facilities, Cypriot and Dutch meat traders, British and Swedish retailers, and Romanian horsemeat. Food service providers and retailers were forced to test beef products to ensure they were horse-free, pulling products that contained traces of equine meat. British supermarkets alone disposed of an estimated 10 million beef burgers in the wake of the scandal.This case is an example of the challenges of managing the complex global supply chains that make up the modern food industry. In this class discussion, students will use concepts from management, economics, and public policy to assess the damage of this event and to analyze strategies for preventing similar incidents in the future
Success with big data : from data and analytics to profits by Russell Walker( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arbor City Community Foundation by Karl Schmedders( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arbor City Community Foundation (ACCF) was a medium-sized endowment established in Illinois in the late 1970s through the hard work of several local families. The vision of the ACCF was to be a comprehensive centre for philanthropy in the greater Arbor City region. This study examines the strategies and returns of the ACCF
Reinventing e-commerce : Amazon's bet on unmanned vehicle delivery by Russell Walker( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2013, in an interview on American television programme 60 Minutes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon would soon change the future of online shopping by enabling customers to receive items within 30 minutes of ordering. This delivery service, Bezos said, would be powered by unmanned autonomous drones and could be offered as soon as 2015. Still, Amazon needed some answers before it could launch autonomous delivery services. This study examines Amazon's radical plans
Arbor City Community Foundation by Karl Schmedders( )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arbor City Community Foundation (ACCF) was a medium-sized endowment established in Illinois in the late 1970s through the hard work of several local families. The vision of the ACCF was to be a comprehensive centre for philanthropy in the greater Arbor City region. This study examines the strategies and returns of the ACCF
The patterns and processes of intra-urban migration in the L.G.A. of Unley by Russell Walker( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Walker, R. 1972-

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