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  1. Jane joins the club: Diversity & corporate gove … CO1-280-I

    How to make an effective contribution to a closely-knit board run by a longtime and rigid chair, and how to do so as the only woman? This is the predicament this fictional case study presents Jane Pruitt, a 54-year-old CFO coming in from another company under shareholder pressure. She is striving to make a much-needed impact on a privately-held formerly family-run metalworking machinery and equipment manufacturer overseen by five male board members (and financially interconnected friends) all about 70 years of age.
    Jane begins to suspect that the intellectual, generational and gender diversity she was hired to provide was brought on board only for public show.

    The case raises important questions about the value of diversity in a team environment and will engage any student who has been an outsider on an insular, club-like team.

    This case presents several challenges that are relevant for organizations today. First, it explores a newcomer’s perspective on being an outsider in an insider-dominated setting. Second, the case presents a number of common board/team practices that undercut effectiveness. Finally, it gives students the opportunity to think and talk about board diversity, its merits and challenges, and possible paths forward to success.

    Within that setting, several instructional objectives can be met:

    • Diversity: The experience of the outsider, and the deep frustrations of not fitting in.
    • Board Process: Board effectiveness requires both the right board composition and the right board process.
    • Leadership: The next leader is often already at the table but may not match the stereotype of the old one.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources | Innovation
  2. Standtech Goes Public AJ-MCMI-114-I-M

    Standtech, S.L. is a technology company that decides to go public in Spain (Bolsas Españolas) and The Netherlands (Euronext Amsterdam) after a share capital increase. Each team of students works as a law firm that advises Standtech in the process of becoming a listed company. The multimedia case is a “journey” through the milestones of such process: (i) transformation of a limited company into an autonomous society; (ii) share registration in book-entry form; (iii) modification of the articles of association; (iv) prospectus approval; (v) attainment of sufficient share distribution.

    Academic Area:
    Others
  3. Cities, Innovation and Talent GE2-135-I

    This technical note explains the fundamentals of the ecosystem for innovation and talent and its importance for the city. We can understand the role of human capital and how important talent is for the ecosystem, where several factors converge for the generation of ideas, products, methods or processes and that encourage entrepreneurship.

    Through this document, we will be able to know what talent is and how it is associated with human capital, why talent is important to the ecosystem of innovation and economic growth of a city and what aspects are necessary for a city to have an urban ecosystem of innovation and talent.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation
  4. Donostia-San Sebastían: A City in Search of Talent a … GE1-142-I

    The case describes the story of a city, Donostia-San Sebastián, which has the political and institutional goal to become a city of innovation and entrepreneurship. To achieve this, there are different dilemmas related to the size of the city, the shortage of talent in certain specialties, cannibalization of talent, internationally competitive salaries and the effects of the brain drain. In this case study, we meet a local public institution, Fomento San Sebastián (FSS), which acts as the instrument of the city to promote an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive local economic development. FSS plays a fundamental role within the local ecosystem of innovation and takes the lead to endow talent with human capital in the city.

    Through the context of the city of Donostia-San Sebastián and the different programs and decisions taken by FSS, the student will be able to understand the innovation ecosystem and to analyze how talent and human capital develops in a city.

    This case is useful for a wide audience:

    1. Students of universities, MBA or MIR interested in innovation in cities.
    2. University students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics interested in the topic.
    3. Students participating in courses such as Urban Innovation, Public Policy, Sustainable Cities, Human Resources, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 
    4. It is suitable for "In Company" courses for employees of highly innovative companies and employees of public agencies whose work is related to innovation or research.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation
  5. Ciudades, innovación y talento GE2-135

    This technical note explains the fundamentals of the ecosystem for innovation and talent and its importance for the city. We can understand the role of human capital and how important talent is for the ecosystem, where several factors converge for the generation of ideas, products, methods or processes and that encourage entrepreneurship.

    Through this document, we will be able to know what talent is and how it is associated with human capital, why talent is important to the ecosystem of innovation and economic growth of a city and what aspects are necessary for a city to have an urban ecosystem of innovation and talent.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation
  6. Donostia-San Sebastían: Una ciudad en busca del tale … GE1-142

    The case describes the story of a city, Donostia-San Sebastián, which has the political and institutional goal to become a city of innovation and entrepreneurship. To achieve this, there are different dilemmas related to the size of the city, the shortage of talent in certain specialties, cannibalization of talent, internationally competitive salaries and the effects of the brain drain. In this case study, we meet a local public institution, Fomento San Sebastián (FSS), which acts as the instrument of the city to promote an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive local economic development. FSS plays a fundamental role within the local ecosystem of innovation and takes the lead to endow talent with human capital in the city.

    Through the context of the city of Donostia-San Sebastián and the different programs and decisions taken by FSS, the student will be able to understand the innovation ecosystem and to analyze how talent and human capital develops in a city.

    This case is useful for a wide audience:

    1. Students of universities, MBA or MIR interested in innovation in cities.
    2. University students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics interested in the topic.
    3. Students participating in courses such as Urban Innovation, Public Policy, Sustainable Cities, Human Resources, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 
    4. It is suitable for "In Company" courses for employees of highly innovative companies and employees of public agencies whose work is related to innovation or research.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation
  7. Ontruck SI1-157-I

    Ontruck is one of the most successful young start-ups in Spain, with markets already working in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and London.

    The case describes the business model of Ontruck, analyzes the market and the competition and highlights the process of evaluation of some different options and the main challenges for the next round of growth.

    Academic Area:
    Information Systems & Technologies | Others
  8. La Sonrisa Máxima AJ-EF-020

    Secunda is Prima’s employee and a dentist in one of Prima’s dental clinics. Secunda and Prima are going to open a new clinic together in Spain under a new Sociedad Anónima. They have mistakenly made investments on account of the new company. Leasing over equipment has been entered into with a third party, for equipment to be used in the clinic.

    The students are asked to regularise this de facto situation with a long-term solution. Furthermore, the relationship of both parties as partners must be regulated, and in particular, Secunda’s dual role as a dentist and director.

    Academic Area:
    Finance | Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation
  9. Preparing myself to deal with probable conflicts in … CO1-279-I

    This case is about a recent graduate who has to make a decision about whether or not he wants to work with his father running a family business. After studying engineering, he got a job at an oil and gas company and worked his way up the ladder. But when the oil crisis hit, he was laid off and had to look for work in an industry that was no longer hiring. He finally found a new job but he was unhappy and decided to do an MBA at IE. The case first gives background information on the father and explains how he worked really hard to make his company successful. It emphasizes that the father and son have very different professional backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. It then goes into the father’s toxic behaviors by providing examples from the student’s past experiences with him. Then, it provides cases where details are given about different situations where the student and father got into disagreements and how the disagreements were handled. Each case shows a different scenario: the father exercising poor judgment and a lack of understanding while the student is composed and level-headed; the student acting poorly and the father keeping composed and level-headed; and the father and son working well together. Each case provides an analysis and things that they could have done better. After the case examples, the student explains coping methods he uses with his father and ponders how things might turn out if they work together. The student concludes by stating, “If I do join the family business, my strategy is to adjust my work style to his very heavily in the short term. I will push for a “meet in the middle” kind of style. I will periodically asses our progress and our behavior as the partnership matures. If I see that all of the modifications are coming from me, I will seek an exit.”

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour
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