Caterpillar Inc.: Is the Corporation Responsible for End-User Actions?

Caterpillar Inc.: Is the Corporation Responsible for End-User Actions?

Bradna, T.; Clark, A.; Sponsel, A.; and O’Rourke, J.S. (Editor) Notre Dame
February 15, 2018
SKU: BUS-367

Region of the world: North America
Topic: Strategy & General Management
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Since 1967, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have used modified Caterpillar bulldozers to destroy thousands of Palestinian homes, injuring and even killing scores of individuals in the process, including American peace activist Rachel Corrie. Rights groups have sent over 50,000 letters to Caterpillar executives, decrying the use of Caterpillar bulldozers to carry out human rights abuses, and an activist group of shareholders has proposed an investigation into the company’s military sales operation. Given the negative publicity and accusations, how should Caterpillar respond to decrease the threats of activist divestiture and rebuild its damaged brand reputation? 6 pp. Case #09-08. (2009)

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