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  1. WINES OF GEORGIA: MK1-169-I

    The case is about how to build the “Georgia Brand” and how to position Georgian wines on the international market. The oldest wine remains in the world, dating from about 6000 BC, have been found in Georgia, which would allow us to affirm that Georgia is "the cradle of wine." In addition, the country has some 500 endemic grape varieties, and grape fermentation methods that allow making very special wines. All these elements should allow Georgian wines to be positioned as niche products, and to be sold at a high price. However, due to historical and political conditions of the last 100 years, hardly anyone outside Georgia and the former USSR is aware of these facts, and Georgian wines are mostly exported to countries of the former Soviet republics.

    The case points out to several decisions that have to be made regarding Georgian wines.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
  2. Vinos de Georgia MK1-169

    The case is about how to build the “Georgia Brand” and how to position Georgian wines on the international market. The oldest wine remains in the world, dating from about 6000 BC, have been found in Georgia, which would allow us to affirm that Georgia is "the cradle of wine." In addition, the country has some 500 endemic grape varieties, and grape fermentation methods that allow making very special wines. All these elements should allow Georgian wines to be positioned as niche products, and to be sold at a high price. However, due to historical and political conditions of the last 100 years, hardly anyone outside Georgia and the former USSR is aware of these facts, and Georgian wines are mostly exported to countries of the former Soviet republics.

    The case points out to several decisions that have to be made regarding Georgian wines.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
  3. Krug champagne. The “savoir faire” of a luxury turna … DE1-230-I

    The case describes the champagne house Krug turnaround process. The house in the late ’90s had a troubled financial situation. Acquired by the French conglomerate LVMH in the late ’90s, and despite the efforts and investments, the house did not seem to recover and, by 2008, was once more suffering financial distress.

    In 2009, Margareth Henríquez arrived as CEO. Based on her previous turnaround expertise in larger firms, Krug seemed like a less challenging project. However, her first year at Krug, with continuous declining sales, proved that Krug’s situation was more complicated than anticipated. The case allows a discussion of the real complexity in setting the strategic rationale of a turnaround. It describes the initial missteps and the search for guidance on the roots of the house, which brought Maggie on a journey of discovering the visionary approach of its founder, Joseph Krug.

    The case is rich in detail across all firm facets to allow a discussion on all the transformation measures taken and its rationale. Then the case is well suited to a debate on strategy implementation. Likewise, it might also be appropriate to discuss the adjustment of the marketing policies on a turnaround.

    Lastly, the case emphasizes the role of Maggie as a transformational driving force. A woman from a different culture on a selective, and to a certain extent, conservative market. Her strategic approach and her decisive leadership in challenging classic policies are also fundamental pillars of the transformation.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
  4. Champagne Krug. El saber hacer de recuperar una casa … DE1-230

    The case describes the champagne house Krug turnaround process. The house in the late ’90s had a troubled financial situation. Acquired by the French conglomerate LVMH in the late ’90s, and despite the efforts and investments, the house did not seem to recover and, by 2008, was once more suffering financial distress.

    In 2009, Margareth Henríquez arrived as CEO. Based on her previous turnaround expertise in larger firms, Krug seemed like a less challenging project. However, her first year at Krug, with continuous declining sales, proved that Krug’s situation was more complicated than anticipated. The case allows a discussion of the real complexity in setting the strategic rationale of a turnaround. It describes the initial missteps and the search for guidance on the roots of the house, which brought Maggie on a journey of discovering the visionary approach of its founder, Joseph Krug.

    The case is rich in detail across all firm facets to allow a discussion on all the transformation measures taken and its rationale. Then the case is well suited to a debate on strategy implementation. Likewise, it might also be appropriate to discuss the adjustment of the marketing policies on a turnaround.

    Lastly, the case emphasizes the role of Maggie as a transformational driving force. A woman from a different culture on a selective, and to a certain extent, conservative market. Her strategic approach and her decisive leadership in challenging classic policies are also fundamental pillars of the transformation.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
  5. Halo Top Ice Cream: Strategic Marketing Analysis MK1-166-I

    How can strategic marketing help a small new brand succeed in a mature market full of big players? This case is based on the successful launch of Halo Top’s ice cream brand in the United States, using it as an example to guide a discussion about marketing strategy and show how, with clear targeting and a winning unique positioning, a small brand can manage to not only survive but thrive in a mature market with powerful competitors. It puts the student 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 segmentation, targeting and positioning strategies and their impact on the 4P’s of the operational marketing mix.

    Should Justin quit his highly lucrative day job as a lawyer and pursue his ice-cream making dreams? And if so, how should he proceed to launch a brand in such a difficult market?

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  6. 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
  7. Mejores prácticas digitales de gran consumo MK2-154

    The digital channel turns out to be successful in different consumer goods companies. An ideal tool to create a strategy based on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) from the company itself. In this sense, it seeks to face the battles with the price and physical stores, as well as challenging territories where the manufacturer and/or provider have greater prominence.

    Carrying out the best digital practices allows you to approach the client more directly, unlike how it was done before the irruption of the digital channel. Therefore, it calls us to reflect on the trends and transformations that have been carried out by different companies, adapting to their needs and creating an updated digital marketing strategy.

    Academic Area:
    Digital Technologies & Data Science | Marketing & Communications
  8. Mobike Unicorn GE1-141

    The case describes some strategic, marketing and organizational challenges faced by Mobike during the path of further expansion and growth. China, as an emerging and fast-expanding market, has its unique features. Mobike, as a successful Chinese startup, was able to survive a number of rounds of fundraising and stood at a crossroad, leading to different future growth paths.

    The company has its doubts about the future. The point is not how to grow fast, but how to grow and stay in the market longer. The founder Hu Weiwei and CEO Davis Wang were concerned about the strategy for the future. The question was: should Mobike enter the deeper level of second- and third-tier cities in China, or should it pursue its global market penetration? 

    The case illustrates the challenges presented by business expansion. It highlights the importance of strategic tools, namely business model canvas, scenario planning and market analysis, to reevaluate current business operations, clarify future possibilities and mitigate business risks.

    The case could be used in business schools at a variety of levels, including undergraduate, MBA and Executive. It could also be used in marketing, strategy and international cultural management courses. It is particularly useful for participants who want to explore strategy domain or build market knowledge on Chinese markets and the growth path on Chinese startups.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Marketing & Communications | Innovation
  9. Mobike Unicorn GE1-141-I

    The case describes some strategic, marketing and organizational challenges faced by Mobike during the path of further expansion and growth. China, as an emerging and fast-expanding market, has its unique features. Mobike, as a successful Chinese startup, was able to survive a number of rounds of fundraising and stood at a crossroad, leading to different future growth paths.

    The company has its doubts about the future. The point is not how to grow fast, but how to grow and stay in the market longer. The founder Hu Weiwei and CEO Davis Wang were concerned about the strategy for the future. The question was: should Mobike enter the deeper level of second- and third-tier cities in China, or should it pursue its global market penetration? 

    The case illustrates the challenges presented by business expansion. It highlights the importance of strategic tools, namely business model canvas, scenario planning and market analysis, to reevaluate current business operations, clarify future possibilities and mitigate business risks.

    The case could be used in business schools at a variety of levels, including undergraduate, MBA and Executive. It could also be used in marketing, strategy and international cultural management courses. It is particularly useful for participants who want to explore strategy domain or build market knowledge on Chinese markets and the growth path on Chinese startups.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Marketing & Communications | Innovation
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