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
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.
Heinz: Warren Buffett´s bid for the Ketchup giant DF1-225-I-M
In 2013, 3G and Berkshire Hathaway acquired the Heinz group in a multi-billion dollar deal. But how much did they pay? And how did Warren Buffett, one of the richest people on the planet, even know what was a reasonable amount to offer?
In this interactive case study, students assume the role of finance managers advising Mr. Buffett. Through video animations and Excel spreadsheets, they will need to make forecasts and ultimately predict a reasonable price for the acquisition of H. J. Heinz Company.Academic Area:Finance
Innovation at play: Gold certificate financing by Am … DF1-226-I
Mariam Fatima has recently joined Amana Bank as a member of the New Product Initiatives Division. Seeing the need for a Shariah-compliant pawn service (Qard Hasan) in Sri Lanka, Fatima presents this product gap to her team. During two years, she and her team develop a pawn service that complies with Islamic banking principles - finally offering lower-middle-class individuals the opportunity to borrow money more securely.Academic Area:Finance | Innovation
Jordan's Sovereign Sukuk: A dual solution to bo … DF1-221-I
The Sukuk sector is the fastest growing sector of the Islamic Finance Industry. Indeed, it grew by 14% within just one year (between 2014 and 2015). The total outstanding Sukuk globally stood at US$ 342 billion at the end of 2015. Sukuk has been widely embraced globally as Sovereign Sukuk has been issued by various countries such as UK, Malaysia, Hong-Kong and South Africa. Supranational entities such as World Bank affiliates International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFI), the Islamic Development Bank Group and even companies such as Dubai Islamic Bank, Goldman Sachs and Zorly Energy have all issued Sukuk.
The Jordan Sovereign Sukuk transaction was the pioneer Sovereign Sukuk issuance by the country. Jordan, which is one of ICD’s member countries, has been very active for the past couple of years in terms of Islamic Finance regulations and framework given that it has four Islamic banks in operation in Jordan and passed the Islamic Finance Sukuk Law in 2012.Academic Area:Finance | Innovation
Communicating intangibles during a process of change … DF1-219-I
At a time when public opinion of the financial sector was low at best, "la Caixa", a Catalonian bank founded in 1904, found itself in need of a transformation from a savings bank into a banking foundation. In order to communicate this transformation, "la Caixa" would need to convey that while the transformation would entail numerous changes in terms of its legal framework and corporate structure, it would still maintain the values and identity that identified it from its inception.Academic Area:Finance
QE Liquidity in search of profitability: the dilemma … EC1-135-I
This case seeks two purposes. First, illustrating the relevance of the economic environment for determining business profitability. Second, putting in practice students acquired macroeconomic analytical skills by using them to support a real life financial investment decision. The students are asked to endorse one of two options, US or Brazil, for the launching of a new investment fund by FTInvest, a financial investment company. The recommendation is made by students acting as members of the Economic Research Department of the company. Therefore, it should be based on the country identified by them as providing the most favorable economic environment for the profitability of the investment in the medium/long run. The decision takes place in the second half of 2011, at a time when the US economy showed a hesitant recovery after the Great Global Recession of 2008 and when the Brazilian economy was booming after a very short blip. It was also at a time when, due to ultra-loose US monetary policy, interest rates and yields were at historical lows in the US while they were relatively high in Brazil.Academic Area:Economic Environment | Finance
ABB and Galindo: Winning the Peace (A) RH1-148-A-I
The complexity of restructuring of large companies can hardly ever be ignored. ABB & Galindo brings up the dilemma of Esther, Human Resources director at the factory, when she is faced with the transition of a factory into a service center. This meant either relocating, retraining or letting go most if not all of the current workers, with the additional complication that even after the official announcement the factory still had to run for another 18 months. This case also has a part B.Academic Area:Human Resources | Negotiation
ABB and Galindo: Winning the Peace (B) RH1-148-B-I
Part B of this case goes beyond the organizational problems of the restructuring described in part A, and addresses the personal situation, commitment and management of the emotions during the mentioned process. This part goes into details of how Esther decided to go above and beyond in many aspects to help resolve the personal situation of workers and managers alike with the best of all of their abilities.Academic Area:Human Resources | Negotiation