Mining Conflict in the Philippines

Part of the Pentalemma Series on Managing Global Dilemmas

by Dylan Scudder (Author)
©2020 Prompt XVI, 92 Pages


Against the backdrop of an increasingly globalized business environment, this book provides readers with a pragmatic approach to strategic management of complex issues that arise from the tension between fiduciary and ethical priorities. If the challenge of management is making decisions in situations of uncertainty, Mining Conflict in the Philippines is the ultimate test of finding business solutions in extremely volatile situations. Based on firsthand experience and years of rigorous research, this book leverages a real-world case of a global mining company facing the challenge of doing business in a highly unpredictable environment in which staff and assets are under threat by a local organization that wants the company to leave. Putting readers in the role of consultants to a client operating in the area lets them experience defining moments of managing this potentially explosive scenario under considerable time pressure and only partial information. Almost as if "parachuting" into an escalating conflict scenario, readers form critical relationships with characters that introduce them to management tools and techniques they need to arrive at a successful conclusion. The excitement and intensity of Mining Conflict in the Philippines equips business leaders of today and tomorrow with valuable know-how they can apply to the uncertainties of everyday business in an international context.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Epigraph
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Figures
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Corporate Governance
  • 2. Risk Management
  • 3. Cause-Effect Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Other Books by This Author


Mining Conflict in the Philippines provides readers with a hands-on approach to dealing with the complexities unique to international management. The book draws strategically on this complexity to help readers cultivate greater critical thinking. It goes beyond the usual static business decisions related to setting the right price or memorizing truisms of management, choosing instead dynamic real-world cases that require serious deliberation and creative problem-solving. While the book has been fictionalized, it is based on firsthand fieldwork and rigorous research on actual business cases.

Each of the three chapters starts out with a brief background of the context and the company, and then confronts the reader with a formidable and escalating challenge to work through. The scenarios include a high degree of complexity that companies often face in fragile or uncertain environments, whether in developing or industrialized countries.

With a focus on cross-sector collaboration, and managing the tensions between financial, social and environmental priorities, the trilogy helps readers learn how to develop creative solutions to seemingly insurmountable dilemmas. The book contributes in this way to ←xi | xii→management skills as well as to the knowledge needed to resolve issues in economic development, peace and conflict studies, political science, international relations and related fields.

Although the topics deal with high levels of complexity, they are written in an engaging and accessible way for current and future managers interested in stakeholder management, business in developing countries, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainable business, international entrepreneurship, strategic leadership, global business issues and related subjects.

Mining Conflict in the Philippines is written as a trilogy to let readers experience how a business challenge evolves over three distinct phases. This design enables readers to “stack” their learning from one part of the book to another. As business issues take on an increasingly global character, the material is organized to help the next generation of business leaders prepare for a wide range of scenarios in uniquely challenging environments.


XVI, 92
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2020 (March)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2020. XVI, 92 pp., 3 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Dylan Scudder (Author)

Dylan Scudder earned an MA in conflict studies and worked for five years with the UN. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Tokyo, specializing in executive decision-making.


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