A Case Study on Movimento de Saúde Mental Comunitária do Bom Jardim

My research will delve into the workings of the community of Bom Jardim in Fortaleza, Ceará, in their endeavors for positive mental and physical community development through the tactics of their base organization Movimento de Saúde Mental Comunitária do Bom Jardim (MSMCBJ). Specifically I am looking at the Terapia Comunitária (community therapy) program, one of the many branches of MSMCBJ, and how through their projects do they fulfill their goal of organizing a community from the roots to blossom into a healthier and more vibrant one. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Biodiversity Conservation

In brief, we learn that deforestation for implanting pastures is probably not economically justifiable at the individual rancher level and certainly not at greater spatial levels. We also show that wood extraction is not likely to be economically feasible for most landowners.

We learn that policy interventions to encourage biological diversity at the local level may focus upon informational barriers, conservation education and maximizing the sustainable, managed harvest of extractive and non-extractive goods and services other than cattle ranching. Finally, we learn that justification exists for integrating environmental policy in the Pantanal from local through, potentially international levels due to the global value of the Pantanal’s unique natural environment. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on Lean Manufacturing Strategies

Over the past several years U.S. EPA’s Office of Reinvention has been involved in a number of “regulatory responsiveness” initiatives. These include the Common Sense Initiative, Project XL, and Pollution Prevention in Permitting Program (P4). In working with a variety of businesses in the context of these initiatives, certain project participants noted that corporate manufacturing strategies and initiatives often produced substantial resource productivity enhancements.

At the same time, the responsiveness and continuous improvement aspects of these strategies were driving on-going modifications to operating equipment and operating parameters that could be subject to new environmental permitting and/or modifications to existing permits. This meant that desired changes could be subject to regulatory bottlenecks (in terms of time, uncertainty, and administrative costs) that could constrain responsiveness, continuous improvement, and, ultimately resource productivity gains. Click here to read more…

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A Case Study on The Boeing Company Derivative Class Action

In 2006, plaintiffs in a derivative class action against the directors of The Boeing Company (“Boeing”), led by their counsel Labaton Sucharow, achieved a landmark settlement establishing unique and far-reaching corporate governance standards relating to ethics compliance, provisions that will also obligate Boeing to contribute significant funds over and above base compliance spending to implement the various prescribed initiatives.

In particular, Boeing’s Board of Directors will expressly undertake, through amendment of Boeing’s Corporate Governance Principles, reasonable oversight and monitoring responsibility for the implementation of Boeing’s ethics and compliance program and the effectiveness of those processes on an annual basis. The Audit Committee Charter also will be amended, including to provide for the Audit Committee to undertake responsibility for reporting no less than annually to the Board with respect to the implementation and effectiveness of Boeing’s ethics and compliance program. Click here to read more…

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Case Study on BM&FBOVESPA and General Atlantic

The Brazilian Mercantile and Futures Exchange (BM&F) selected GA to invest just prior to its IPO in November 2007 because of GA’s long-term focus, global relationships and experience investing in the capital markets sector in the U.S., Europe and Asia. GA’s investment served as an anchor for the IPO and helped to attract international investors to this successful offering. In 2008, BM&F merged with Bovespa to create BM&FBOVESPA. Click here to read more…

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Case Study for Keybridge Accounting

A lot of my clients come to me bearing MANY questions about the logo design process. I have clients that don’t know what they want at all, and some that come to me with very clear ideas of what they want their identity to look like. Most are somewhere in between. But regardless of where you fit into this spectrum, we can help guide you through the process and make it easier for you to decide.







Keybridge Accounting is a new client that we have, and Lyz knows exactly what she wants. Clients like Lyz are really fun to work with, and from conception to completion she played a very large role in the project. I truly believe the evolution of her logo pushed me to think outside the box and find ways to combine her ideas with my design style. The overall result is a mesh between both of our personalities. Find out more about Keybridge Accounting


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A Case Study on Global Leadership Operational Plan: Boeing Company

Boeing has experienced operational problems due to lack of understanding of personnel issues and unethical conduct. As an international management consultant called in to advise the Boeing Company about issues affecting its ability to optimize operations in today’s economy, this author offers a prospectus on these unique issues facing Boeing; how these issues may affect optimizing key operational elements and changes needed to enhance operations management in the future.

The Boeing Company is a well established American icon of the aeronautical industry, having started business in 1916, not long after the Wright Brothers flew the first plane in 1903 (Boeing History, First Flight). Since those early beginnings, Boeing has expanded across the United States and the world, holding major contracts with many governments and as a primary builder of the International Space Station (Integrated Defense Systems). Click here to read more…

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Case Study for Alexander Petroleum

In 2005, Alexander Petroleum became concerned at the growing number of speeding exceptions and the high levels of fuel consumption they were seeing in their fleet of fuel tankers. As a result they introduced driver best practice systems to see if they could improve the performance of the company. The system had four components comprising:…
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Case Study on Cano Petroleum Inc

Kaseya has empowered IT operations to run more smoothly. Tasks that took hours or days before now just take moments. That results in fewer interruptions to the business; allowing thecompany to focus on business objectives rather that a “tech”taking up their workday installing patches and upgrades.
– Jon Morgan, Manager of Information Technology, Cano Petroleum.



As a publicly traded oil and gas company, Cano Petroleum, Inc. must comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, reliably accounting for all revenue streams and corporate expenditures in an effort to ensure transparency throughout the accounting process. The company uses innovative technology to extract additional oil and gas from mature fields throughout Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, necessitating the need to centralize compliance efforts through its headquarters in Ft.Worth.






For the IT department, ensuring SOX compliance means being able to account for all IT assets, making sure systems are maintained regularly and consistently, protected from malicious security threats like spyware and viruses, backed up properly and can be recovered easily in case of data loss. Cano also has to ensure that help desk issues are dealt with accordingly, corporate resources are not being used for personal use (within reason) and the company is in compliance with the software licensing agreements it has in place with vendors. Read more on Cano Petroleum Inc






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A Case Study on Committee for Education Funding

The Raben Group has been a vital partner in our efforts to re-energize CEF. Joel and his colleagues bring exceptional skill, professionalism, and enthusiasm to their efforts to serve our members and we couldn’t be more satisfied. ” – Jon Fansmith, President of the Committee for Education Funding

The Raben Group manages all aspects of the CEF coalition, including advocacy, press outreach, membership retention and development, events, weekly updates, and weekly membership meetings. Principal Joel Packer, in addition to serving his other education clients, also serves as CEF’s Executive Director. Joel’s expertise in education budget and policy issues immediately led to an improved image for CEF and an increase in membership.

Our team has helped to significantly raise the frequency and quality of communications, issuing updates at least weekly that summarize and analyze congressional and Obama Administration activities. The firm has also increased CEF’s credibility and visibility with policymakers and the media. As Executive Director, Joel has been quoted in numerous media outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, Marketplace, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Education Week, Education Daily, and The National Review. Click here to read more…

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