Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2007

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.: Global Change Agents

by Rosabeth M. Kanter, Lance P. Pierce and Ryan Leo Raffaelli

Abstract

ABN AMRO Global Banking Group developed its risk management function in response to expansion, and increasingly focused on environmental and social risks. The head of the function needed to influence policies and business decisions in a highly decentralized context in which major country business units such as Brazil, India, and the United States operated relatively independently. Highlights the history of environmental and social responsibility at the bank, links to business performance, and the leadership skills required for a corporate staff head to influence change.

Keywords: Risk Management; Banks and Banking; Expansion; Change; Governing and Advisory Boards; Social Enterprise; Leadership Development; History; Banking Industry; Service Industry; Brazil; India; United States;

Citation:

Kanter, Rosabeth M., Lance P. Pierce, and Ryan Leo Raffaelli. "ABN AMRO Bank N.V.: Global Change Agents." Harvard Business School Case 307-050, April 2007.