Case Study: Partnership for Lebanon and Cisco Systems (6-8 pages)

Review the Partnership for Lebanon and Cisco Systems case study in the Resources folder. 


The project manager for the Partnership for Lebanon (PFL) and Cisco Systems’ regional director of corporate 

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affairs for the Middle East and Africa met three years after PFL was first initiated. Their meeting revolved 

primarily around the challenge of sustainability and what useful suggestions they could put forward to their 

partners to ensure that the projects initiated through PFL would have a life of their own and not be 

dependent on the continuous substantive investments of the partners. This case focuses on how companies 

can leverage their core competence to maximize value for both business and society and the various social 

and economic goals this can achieve. 


In this case study analysis, you are to address the following, utilizing the headings below in the body of the 

paper. You must cite all facts from the case study itself. In addition to citing from the case study, you must 

also cite at least two other resources. Suggested assignment length (not including cover page and reference 

page): 6–8 pages. Double-line spacing paragraphs please. 



ï‚· Provide a synopsis of the company and the case. 


CSR Lessons 

ï‚· Analyze the case and discuss the key strategic lessons learned from the PFL concerning the 

implementation and running of development programs that could be adopted by any senior manager. 


Cisco, Corporate Sponsors, and PFL 

ï‚· Discuss the leadership position that Cisco assumed in the PFL. Analyze the engagement of the PFL 

corporate partners. How did they benefit from their engagement? What added value do partnerships 

bring to CSR initiatives, in particular to PFL and in general to any organization? 


The Challenge of Sustainability 

ï‚· Make recommendations to help address the challenge of sustainability in development projects led 

by CSR initiatives. Base your suggestions on PFL examples from the case. 



ï‚· Summarize in 2–3 paragraphs the most important elements addressed in this analysis. 



ï‚· Include a separate page of APA-formatted references. At the minimum, the case study should be 

included, as well as two outside references. There should be no items listed in the references that 

were not included in the body of the paper as in-text citations. 


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