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(first half of the course) and will draw upon the content we will have covered by that date. A sample mid-term exam is available on MyCourses. Decisions regarding requests to defer the midterm are the responsibility of the BCom Office. Should a deferral be granted, I will work with you to determine how to accommodate it. If you are seeking a deferral, fill out the form at this link: - regulations/examinations/request-missing-mid-term 2. TEAM PROJECT (50%)
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This assignment will be conducted in teams of four (or five – TBD), which you will form on your own. Typically, teams with diverse backgrounds (finance, marketing, arts, engineering, etc.) do well in the assignment, but this is a recommendation, not a requirement. The starting point for the project is the book Drawdown by Paul Hawken. The book presents what Hawken and his team consider to be the “100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world”. Your assignment is to pick one of these solutions and develop a strategy proposal for turning it into reality. Some solutions are trickier to tackle through a business approach compared to, say, a policy approach or a development approach. Remind yourself as you read through the solutions that you’ll be using purely business concepts and strategies to realize your project. When you have identified some solutions that appear to be appealing to your team, survey some of the academic literature that underlies those solutions as presented in the book. You can get started with academic literature on the Drawdown website itself ( ) by finding the page for the solutions that interest you, scrolling down, and clicking the link for "Technical Assessment References (PDF)”. I encourage you to find additional literature on your own to deepen your knowledge. Finally, pick the solution that you find the most enthralling, and that you think will allow you to develop high quality deliverables for the two papers described below. Deliverables: Paper 1: Initiative selection and analysis (10%): Using concepts we will have covered in the introduction to the course, identify the system or systems of which your solution is a part. Analyze and explain the systemic characteristics (i.e. symptomatic solutions, delays, reinforcing loops), as well as specific economic forces, institutions, norms and other forces that prevail in the system. To help you uncover the issues that hinder sustainability in the system, think about why the solution hasn’t been realized yet. Use diagrams to help explain your thinking, if you wish. Then point to potential leverage points that can plausibly overcome those systemic hurdles. Where and how can one intervene to positively shift the system?
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