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Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Part of the Pentalemma Series on Managing Global Dilemmas

Dylan Scudder

Against the backdrop of an increasingly globalized business environment, this book provides readers with a pragmatic approach to international 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, Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo 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 tech company grappling with the dilemma of whether to continue sourcing a vital mineral in the conflict-affected region of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the risk of ruining its reputation or to suffer the immediate financial consequences of pulling out. Putting readers in the role of consultants to a client operating in the area lets them experience defining moments of managing with limited information, time pressure and a dwindling budget. 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 Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo equips business leaders of today and tomorrow with valuable know-how they can apply to the uncertainties of everyday business in an international context.

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Names: Scudder, Dylan, author.

Title: Conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Part of the Pentalemma series on managing global dilemmas / Dylan Scudder.

Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2020.

Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2019041661 | ISBN 978-1-4331-7561-9 (hardback: alk. paper)

ISBN 978-1-4331-7562-6 (ebook pdf)

ISBN 978-1-4331-7563-3 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7564-0 (mobi)

Subjects: LCSH: Mines and mineral resources—Political aspects— Congo (Democratic Republic) | Mineral industries—Corrupt practices—Congo (Democratic Republic) | Mineral industries—Economic aspects— Congo (Democratic Republic) | Business logistics. | Social responsibility of business.

Classification: LCC HD9506.C75 S29 | DDC 338.2096751—dc23

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