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  1. Porsche: Beyond the Limits of Luxury? DE1-204-I-M


    Porsche: Beyond the Limits of Luxury? is a highly visual and interactive multimedia that highlights the strategic challenges Porsche faced while growing the company’s business in two very distinct areas: the high-end and the lower-end of the automobile industry, with the launch of their the Spyder, an extreme sports car priced at over €750,000, and the launch of the Macan, the most affordable model to date, starting at just €48,000. Students will have an intimate look into Porsche and the situation they found themselves in in late 2013 with data from both public sources as well as Porsche and exclusive interviews with the automobile giant’s Head of Press & Public Relations of Porsche Ibérica.

    The case is separated into 6 sections. In the first, Porsche’s Stance, learners are given context as to the situation the company finds itself in, including TV adverts, statistics and interviews. In the second section particpants will discover a short history of the brand. In the third and fourth sections, The Automobile Industry and The Luxury Automobile Industry, respectively, insight is given into the market Porsche finds itself in, heavily influencing their strategic decisions. In the case’s fifth section, Porsche Strategy 2018, the company’s growth strategy is broken down for analysis, with another interview supporting this information. Finally, in the last section, Growth Opportunity or Risky Move, particpants can see the final takeways from the professor and author of the case.

    Throughout each section of the case learners will have quizzes testing their understanding of the themes and at the end have the option to view and print their responses via PDF.

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  2. Eva Brollo: Entre luces y sombras CO1-268

    Eva Brollo, a successful young professional, gets promoted to lead a team of people for the first time. Following the recipe for success that has worked for her so far, she jumps into the role trying to achieve as much as possible herself and setting strict expectations for her team members. However, her direct style rubs off other company leaders the wrong way and the team relationships begin to suffer. Eva’s boss, Alex Korbel, tried to remedy the situation by having a series of conversations with her and doing a 360-degree feedback exercise, but the situation may already be beyond repair. She is a talent and a valuable asset to the company, so it is not an easy decision, and Alex guesses that he might have also contributed to the problem. This is a typical story of a talented but inexperienced young manager, which can be used to teach a variety of topics related to career management, transitions, onboarding, talent development, self-awareness and career derailment.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour
  3. Ethiopia: Doing business at the bottom of the pyra … EC1-139-I-M

    What is it like to live and do business at the base of the pyramid? This multimedia is the second part in a series of reports from students who have spent time living, working and volunteering in Ethiopia.

    This installment focuses on the different types of businesses that exist and operate in the East African country and begins to explore both the opportunities and challenges that business owners face. Here we display the first-hand accounts from those who have spent time in large and small companies and can relay the challenges of doing business in the bottom of the pyramid.

    The students´ experiences are brought to life through images and video interviews. The conclusion posing the ultimate question: Can money be made doing business at the bottom of the pyramid?

    Academic Area:
    Economic Environment
  4. IKEA: Global Brand Communication MK1-163-I-M

    IKEA: Global Brand Communication transports students from the classroom straight into the IKEA showroom. This highly interactive multimedia case details a brief history of IKEA and focuses on the communication strategy used by the brand in 2014, with an emphasis on IKEA Ibérica and its decisions in the Spanish consumer market.

    The IKEA case is separated into 4 sections, each section being a specific area of an IKEA showroom (living room, kitchen, bedroom, and cash registers). In each room learners obtain information, watch videos and take part in activities by clicking on pieces of interactive furniture. In the first room, the living room, students get to know IKEA as a brand, their history, values and performance. Next is the kitchen, where participants will learn about IKEA’s relationship with consumers around the world. This section includes interviews with IKEA customers from various countries, as well as an interactive Brand Sentiment Matrix. Later on in the bedroom, students have a more intimate view of IKEA’s relationship with the Spanish consumer market. Here students can see relevant statistics and data of IKEA Ibérica both from public sources and exclusively from IKEA Ibérica themselves. Some of the most valuable material in this case can be found here, with exclusive interviews from IKEA Ibérica’s Marketing Director as well as their publicity agency McCann. Finally, students can review the takeaways from the case as they approach the registers and exit. Here they can see final thoughts from the professor and author of the case and are prompted to share their own insights via social media.

    This case can be taught effectively in MBA, Global MBA or Executive programs in courses such as Marketing Fundamentals, Integrated Communication or Marketing Strategy.

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  5. AirBnB: ¿Desestabilizando la industria hotelera? DE1-217

    The case describes the creation and growth process of a company of the so called shared economy with a platform business model, which was potentially disruptive for the hotel industry. Using the setting of the Airbnb entry in Spain and the response of the hotel industry, the case looks in detail at the nature of the business model of a sharing economy firm and the challenges its advancement posed for the industry.

    The case provides insights into some of the different parts of Airbnb's business model: how it creates and captures value, how a company with fewer resources is able to compete and overcome its rivals and threaten a powerful industry, when the success of its business is based on the trust of its users because the company does not guarantee safety.

    This case helps us to understand the challenges that the growth of Airbnb poses for the hotel industry and reflect on the factors that made this business model so successful.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Innovation
  6. An app you can't refuse SI1-153-I-M


    This multimedia case describes the situation of BigBangBox, a startup that creates edutainment apps. It shows the strategy followed by them in the launch of previous products. It also offers the necessary information about the markets of apps, to understand the importance of selecting the right strategy, with the business model and the promotion as keys to success.

    After analyzing the new app, Mafia Business School, the student can decide the strategy for its launch. The student will have the opportunity of selecting an adequate business model and levels of promotion through the use of a simulator.

    The case includes the participation of the founders, who tell the story of BigBangBox as a startup and confront the students with the dilemma of the launch of Mafia Business School. It is narrated through a comic, also known as a graphic story. It has a modern and functional design, including resources provided by the company to make the case more entertaining and fun.

    The case study is mainly geared towards MBA and Master in International Management students. It can work in courses like Information Systems and IT & Innovation but also in Marketing and Strategy to show specific cases having to do with the world of apps, games and mobile devices. It can also be useful for students who are taking electives that have to do with digital marketing, mobile, digital business models, digital products or something similar as well as professionals in information systems and technology, marketing and digital communication programs.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Information Systems & Technologies
  7. Disruptive Innovation at BBVA SI1-147-I-M

    What happens when a multinational from another sector launches an innovative service which competes directly with your offerings? This material explains how BBVA reacted to the disruption of its micro-payment business caused by the entrance of large multinationals from outside the banking industry.

    The rapid acceptance of technologies by consumers offers an opportunity to meet a growing demand for new services. Many companies attracted by these business opportunities are placing greater importance on innovation pushing it to the forefront of their structure.

    Most commonly it is companies within the same sector that compete amongst one another to launch new services however sometimes the disruptive came from another sector which launches an innovative service which competes directly with your offerings. 

    This case has been designed for use in undergraduate, graduate (MBA programs and Masters in Management programs), Executive MBA, and executive education programs, and in courses such as Information Systems and Technology, Technology and Information Management, Digital Transformation, and Digital Innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Information Systems & Technologies | Innovation

    This material focuses on determining the rate of return that will satisfy shareholders’ expectations and how to achieve it. It explains how to find the discount rate that represents the cost of the resources that will finance future investments and how to figure out the cost, or the WACC, by weighting the cost of debt and equity as a function of their relative importance in the company’s capital structure. In addition, it covers how to calculate the cost of debt based on the Gordon-Shapiro share pricing model and based on Sharpe’s asset valuation model using real-life examples and historical data. The case stresses that the manager must know how to add value to the investment; shareholders are entrusting the manager with their investment and expecting a higher rate of return than they could get without him. It wraps up by including an FAQ on WACC.

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  9. Partida doble (A) NG1-116-A

    This document is part of an exercise to train in managing of the basic elements in the negotiation methodology. In particular: interests, objectives, alternatives, BATNA and external criteria of legitimacy.

    This case has the reader take on the role of Mr. Pacioli, an internal audit manager at a bank called ROTSAP. Previously, he was working at a prestigious auditing firm with major customers and was on his way to becoming a director but he decided to leave the job for one where he could devote more time to his family. Mr. Pacioli is then contacted by Mr. Brown, a headhunter looking for an auditor specialized in banking.

    With all of the information that this case gives, the reader is asked to prepare a meeting with Mr. Brown from Mr. Pacioli’s point of view. This case goes along with part B, where the reader takes on the role of Mr. Brown.

    Academic Area:
    Others | Negotiation
  10. J. Rutz. Developing a Strategic Continuous Improve … DO1-156-I

    The case study describes the experience of Javier Rutz as operations director and later as general manager of NERTUS, a leading company in the sector of railway maintenance services in Spain.

    The company was founded by Spanish rail operator Renfe and Siemens, a leading train manufacturing company, to provide maintenance services for Siemens’ trains. From the beginning, NERTUS stands out for the high quality of its services and its great capacity for continuous improvement.
    Shortly after its Foundation, Javier Rutz joined the company, first as director of operations and later as general manager. During this period, the philosophy of continuous improvement reached its maximum splendor.

    After concluding a highly successful professional stage, Javier Rutz leaves the company and asks himself which is the best way to exploit his experience for his professional future: should he continue as a senior executive in another company or undertake a different challenge through his own company to provide consulting services that offer “the design and implementation of management models based on continuous improvement, with a strategic perspective?” 

    Aims to identify what are the key strategic and organizational elements that allow the successful implementation of a continuous improvement methodology. These strategic and organizational variables, such as customer orientation, company culture, leadership, transparency of information, etc., are shown throughout the case in a general way and in some examples presented by J. Rutz on NERTUS.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management