Economic Environment & Public Affairs
Agile Methodologies ENT020084-U-ENG-HTM
In this multimedia tutorial, students learn about Agile methodology and its relation to Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodologies. The tutorial begins with an overview of the background to the development of Agile methodology (challenges and fundamental changes in the global business environment and ways of working) and an exploration of the Agile Manifesto and methodology as a response to a VUCA world and new technological developments. Students then explore the relationship between Agile, Design Thinking and Lean Startup as it relates to innovation and delivery of work, after which they apply the concepts previously explored to a video case of an Agile business consultant who recounts his experience of implementing Agile methodology at a large global company. The multimedia features dynamic videos, interactive exercises, and several types of question and answer activities (with feedback) for students to reflect on their experience, apply theoretical frameworks, and predict outcomes for real-life business situations.Academic Area:Entrepreneurship | Digital Technologies & Data Science | Innovation
The Mumbles: From Library Basement to Amazon Prime, … GE1-150-I
This case follows the evolution of the children’s performing ensemble The Mumbles, primarily through the eyes of founder, George Mumble. George gets his start as a performer hustling to make a few extra dollars, and then working with his brother Paul pursues performance fulltime. The group pivots multiple times, from school performances, to television, to major reorganizations, and then into multimedia. Through this journey, critical concepts are explored in the areas of family business, entrepreneurship and strategy. From a family business perspective, there is the issue of firm succession, as George and Paul seek to ensure strong positions for the children who vary widely in ages. In addition, the brothers seek to balance their familial interests with non-family stakeholders. In entrepreneurship, we track the journey of entrepreneur from passion, to opportunity recognition, exploitation, growth, and mature repositioning for secondary growth. Furthermore, there are the conflicting issues of managing a business for passion versus profit. From a strategy perspective, the case deals with strategic renewal, and ultimately ends with the firm at a crossroads examining its current and potential future strategic positions.Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
Goiko Grill GE1-148-I-M
The multimedia case study will tell the story of Goiko Grill; a casual dining restaurant in Spain, with roots from Venezuela. It looks at its exponential rise over a five year period and how keeping strong to a core culture has proved vital in its success.
The story is told through exclusive interviews with Andoni Goicoechea, the owner and founder, and his journey over the last five years. We also speak to his staff on their experiences during this rapid growth – some moving from waiter to senior leadership in this short period of time.
There will be separate sections, which will progress chronologically: Starting the company; Scaling and whether to franchise; To sell or not; International/future expansion.Academic Area:Economic Environment & Public Affairs | Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
Founded by Chris Czerwonka, John Roberts and Julie Monniot-Gaillis, Mosabi is an app-based solution addressing the lack of financial literacy education and financial inclusion for informal sector entrepreneurs in Africa. By providing an alternative to traditional credit-scoring through education, Mosabi seeks to empower its users in the long-term generating a multiplier effect on their lives.
It is designed to be financially sustainable as it also reduces the high cost of accessing the underbanked for the financial services providers (FSPs). In order to achieve its social and financial objectives, Mosabi measures both financial and social impact and ensures the two go in lock-step.Academic Area:Entrepreneurship | Human Resources | Innovation
Halo Top Ice Cream & Behavioral Economics AH1-003-I
How do you go about making difficult decisions and what are the key psychological shortcuts and biases that may impair your rationality? This case uses the real-life example of the successful launch of Halo Top’s ice cream brand in the United States as the basis to construct a psychological review of the decision-making process of the company founder, advisers and consumers, helping to identify and illustrate some of the most common principles, heuristics and biases of Behavioral Economics. To do so, the case puts students in young entrepreneur Justin Woolverton’s shoes when he has to decide whether to launch the brand or keep his job as a lawyer, and then goes beyond to review the marketing process and consumer insights that are normally present in product introductions and promotions.
Should Justin quit his highly lucrative day job as a lawyer and pursue his ice-cream making dreams? And, if he were to decide to launch his brand, what are the psychological biases and mind-traps that he would have to avoid (when making his decisions) or factor in (when considering those of his potential consumers)?Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Economic Environment & Public Affairs | Others
Sushita: Making Sushi Mainstream DE1-228-I
Eating raw fish was not very common in Madrid in 1999, other than a few Japanese restaurants that existed. These restaurants were either targeting Japanese tourists in Madrid or well-traveled, high-income individuals who had discovered sushi abroad. Sushita’s founders belonged to the second group. Young and cosmopolitan, both Sandra Segimon and Natasha Apolinario were quickly attracted to sushi on their trips to London and New York.
They started their business by developing sushi trays. After years of growing a successful sushi takeaway business, one of their most important clients was lost in an expansion strategy disagreement. The client was forcing Sushita to open a large number of sushi corners at their own expense. This client represented 35% of their sales so losing them as a client could be a huge blow to their projected revenues for that year and years to come.
Following this major setback, Sandra and Natasha decided to never again be overly dependent on a single client. So what should they do? They knew that they needed to continue growing the Sushita brand but how? They were already present in the most important supermarket chains in Spain, and they had recently started selling frozen takeaways to major Spanish national hotel chains.Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
PLAYGIGA: THE GROWTH PAINS OF A PIONEER IN CLOUD GAM … GE1-144-I
In September 2016, Javier Polo, a senior executive from the Telco sector, was appointed as CEO of PlayGiga, a technology start-up. The company had spent three years successfully developing a technology to enable users to play Videogames from the cloud, without needing a gaming console (e.g. PlayStation, Xbox) or an expensive gaming PC. However, no significant sales had materialized until now. After three months in the position, the CEO needed to prove the market acceptance for the new service. Important decisions had to be taken about the value proposition, which customer segment to focus on and about the go-to-market strategy; in particular, if a direct-to-consumer commercialization would be better than selling the service through Telecom and Media companies.
The case is intended to be taught in the initial modules of an entrepreneurship course for Undergraduates, MBA students or Executive MBAs. It can also be taught in entrepreneurship modules within specialized masters such as a Master in Technology or Digital Business.Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
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:
Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources | Innovation
- 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.
Machine Learning SI2-108-I-M
This multimedia is in a template form with the goal of giving students a background on machine learning, its types, and examples of what it’s used for. It is a simple and straight-forward material that involves text, video, GIF and interactive tools (quizzes, etc.)
The breakdown of sections is as follows:
2) What is Machine Learning
3) Why Now?
4) Infrastructure Needed
5) Types of Machine Learning
6) Test Your ML IQ
The tutorial is meant for students to do before they come into class, to give them a taste of the area of machine learning, without going too much in-depth (that will be the professor’s role).Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Digital Technologies & Data Science | Innovation