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  1. El Confidencial: leading the digital revolution of t … DE1-227-I

    El Confidencial is an example of how a young company can become the leader in an industry undergoing a transformation. The case describes the changes in technology and consumer habits that occurred with the digitalization of the newspaper industry. This has resulted in financial hardship for traditional newspapers as their model based on print newspapers fades away. 

    First, the case explores the industry by describing what success traditionally looked like and how it has evolved with the digitalization of the industry.


    Second, it explores the emergence of new digital “native” competitors and how they have managed to gain a high level of readership and influence over public opinion in a short period of time. This has redesigned the map of mass media establishing new positions of leadership, such as that of El Confidencial.


    Told in chronological order, the case explains the evolution of El Confidential starting with its foundation in 2001. The reader tracks how it faced its main challenges and achieved success.

     

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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:

    1) Home

    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 | Information Systems & Technologies | Innovation
  5. Because there is no planet B: the case of Ecoalf DE1-226-I

    The case is about ECOALF, a Spanish sustainable fashion brand that manufactures garments, sneakers and accessories from recycled materials. By providing information on ECOALF’s products and initiatives, while simultaneously illustrating the difficulty of balancing social and financial goals, this case introduces an interesting real-world setting that touches upon various issues related to social innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, CSR and ethics. Particularly, the case offers insights on the delicate phase in the growth of a firm in which the sales are booming and the company is expanding, while the company still does not make a profit and its long-term continuity is still uncertain.

    The case confronts students with questions such as ‘What strategic decisions should be made to ensure ECOALF’s long-term profitability?’ and ‘How should social and financial objectives be balanced?’, and allows them to explore these questions using a real company and market information.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
  6. The Expansion of Palladium Hotel Group DE1-224-I-M

    Palladium Hotel Group, a family-owned business that began on the small island of Ibiza, Spain, has enjoyed healthy profits and growth since its inception. However, in 2017, globalization changed the way travelers behaved. The board had identified the North American market as a key driver for achieving the group’s strategic objectives and high margin. The hotel group now needed to maximize loyalty, average daily rates, qualified occupancy and guest experience. How were they to go about this?

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  7. Expanding into new theme park markets: The case of F … DE1-225-I

    In 2005, Ferrari signed an agreement to build the first Ferrari-inspired theme park in the world. The park was built on Das Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hence, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first theme park entirely devoted to the legendary carmaker Ferrari, came to existence. The success of the park attracted new players who requested licenses from Ferrari to open new parks. In response to this demand, Luca Fuso, the head of Ferrari Brand, must make decisions:

    1. Should Ferrari sell any licenses or simply only allow Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to exist?
    2. If new Ferrari parks do open, should they be located in developing or developed countries/regions?
    3. How do the answers to the above questions affect Ferrari’s long-standing view that the demand for Ferrari products should never be fully satisfied?

    The case is designed for use in courses on international management for MBA students and upper-division undergraduate business students. The focus on international business makes it useful for audiences from cross-culture management courses. The students would benefit the most if they have taken in the past courses in topics such as Global Business Environment and Leadership.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  8. 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 | Innovation
  9. Innovation Island DE1-223-I-M

    Innovation Island is an out-of-the-box interactive simulation created to facilitate a practical in-class learning journey for instructors focusing on various strategic and leadership themes, such as leadership intelligence, collaborative innovation, design thinking and scenario planning.

    After a plane crash, learners are stranded on a deserted island together with limited resources and an abundance of dangers. Using lessons from the professor himself, survivors must work in groups to develop a prototype that will assist them in confronting at least one particular uncertainty that jeopardizes their survival on this unforgiving island.

    This multimedia is unique in that it gives instructors the freedom to focus their session on the themes they choose (e.g. soft skills and leadership intelligence).

    The activity is also heavily based on collaboration and teamwork, encouraging learners to spend the majority of their time putting into practice the takeaways provided by the instructors in their class in a highly constructive way. Also, being put in a fictitious situation not typically used in higher-education/continuing-education settings, participants are 1) all able to connect and collaborate on a goal, regardless of their professional backgrounds, and 2) forced to think outside the box critically.

    This simulation can be used effectively in MBA, MIB and M.Sc.; Global or Executive programs at any level, particularly in courses focusing on: innovation,  leadership, strategy, strategy execution, complexity management and/or team dynamics

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Innovation
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