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  1. Avantchange (B): ¿Merece la pena impartir programas … (B) RH1-150-B

    Clara García, General Manager, and Gonzalo Díaz, Human Resources Manager, detected a high-stress level in their company, Avantchange. This led them to consider how the performance of their employees would be affected in terms of productivity, creativity and commitment to the Company. When they created the company, the partners wanted one of the Core Values to be the commitment to the Well being of employees, the company, and society. They were convinced that Personal Well Being was necessary to optimize performance in tasks, promote creativity and facilitate employees´ engagement with the business project. Therefore, and given the situation of malaise that they detected in some departments, they decided to implement on the company strategic policies on the area of Human Resources that would help to develop and maintain a healthy work environment. Following these premises, Avantchange implemented, among other measures, a program to improve employee´s well-being, creativity and attention called “Focus on you”.

    This program was based on Mindfulness techniques. They also supported the creation and distribution of a management system that facilitated the employee´s  participation, safeguarding their privacy and independent of supervisor´s supervision and assessment.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources
  2. Avantchange (A): ¿Merece la pena impartir programas … (A) RH1-150-A

    Clara García, General Manager, and Gonzalo Díaz, Human Resources Manager, detected a high-stress level in their company, Avantchange. This led them to consider how the performance of their employees would be affected in terms of productivity, creativity and commitment to the Company. When they created the company, the partners wanted one of the Core Values to be the commitment to the Well being of employees, the company, and society. They were convinced that Personal Well Being was necessary to optimize performance in tasks, promote creativity and facilitate employees´ engagement with the business project. Therefore, and given the situation of malaise that they detected in some departments, they decided to implement on the company strategic policies on the area of Human Resources that would help to develop and maintain a healthy work environment. Following these premises, Avantchange implemented, among other measures, a program to improve employee´s well-being, creativity and attention called “Focus on you”.

    This program was based on Mindfulness techniques. They also supported the creation and distribution of a management system that facilitated the employee´s  participation, safeguarding their privacy and independent of supervisor´s supervision and assessment.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources
  3. Sofía López - Servicios Ambientales, S.L. GE1-146-I

    Sofia Lopez is a Spanish professional who founded “Servicios Ambientales” - an environmental services agency – twice. First in 2012, after her previous employer went bankrupt because of bad management and she lost her job. Sofia convinced four former colleagues to start their own company and brought a former client as a financial partner on board. Using her positive can-do attitude and convincing communication, she defended the attempt of her financial partner to fire her. Instead, she ousted him with the help of her partners. This made it necessary to start her company a second time in 2015. Sofia held on to her clear vision to deliver quality work. She addressed late payments with partial invoicing to manage cash flow. In late 2019, Sofia was still heading “Servicios Ambientales” which now had 20 employees and offered its services across Spain and other EU countries.

    What obstacles did she need to overcome and how did she do so? What skills and techniques did she develop to “bounce back” twice?

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Entrepreneurship | Human Resources
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The Expansion of Palladium Hotel Group DE1-224-I

    The case describes the challenges and opportunities of the Palladium Hotel Group (PHG). PHG is a Spanish company founded in the 60s by the Matutes family that, with over 60 years in the market, is one of the leading companies in the sector.

    This case describes the main milestones and challenges of PHG caused by the digital transformation trends in the tourism sector during the previous decade. It includes the story Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, which is known for changing Ibiza forever. It also discloses the P2P dynamics achieved with the consolidation of Palladium Addicts.

    There is also a description of the segmentation, targeting and positioning strategy followed by the marketing team and the importance of the digital transformation to create a dynamic and proactive management strategy.

    The growth of the company was effective in terms of revenue and profits in the past decade, and PHG’s next challenge was to further conquer the American traveller and redesign the strategic roadmap for the coming years in order to achieve the growth and customer experience objectives.

    This case has been designed for use in undergraduate, graduate (MBA programs and Master in Management programs), and Executive MBA and Executive Education programs as well as in courses such as Marketing Strategy, Digital Transformation and Digital Innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
  9. La Expansión del Grupo Hotelero Palladium DE1-224

    The case describes the challenges and opportunities of the Palladium Hotel Group (PHG). PHG is a Spanish company founded in the 60s by the Matutes family that, with over 60 years in the market, is one of the leading companies in the sector.

    This case describes the main milestones and challenges of PHG caused by the digital transformation trends in the tourism sector during the previous decade. It includes the story Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, which is known for changing Ibiza forever. It also discloses the P2P dynamics achieved with the consolidation of Palladium Addicts.

    There is also a description of the segmentation, targeting and positioning strategy followed by the marketing team and the importance of the digital transformation to create a dynamic and proactive management strategy.

    The growth of the company was effective in terms of revenue and profits in the past decade, and PHG’s next challenge was to further conquer the American traveller and redesign the strategic roadmap for the coming years in order to achieve the growth and customer experience objectives.

    This case has been designed for use in undergraduate, graduate (MBA programs and Master in Management programs), and Executive MBA and Executive Education programs as well as in courses such as Marketing Strategy, Digital Transformation and Digital Innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
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