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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. Dangote Group DE1- 232-I

    The case describes Dangote Cement’s history, growth and business model. Dangote Cement is the main subsidiary of Dangote Group, a leading African multinational and the country’s largest conglomerate.

    Starting as a trading firm, the group has branched out into several sectors (e.g., cement, sugar, flour, salt, FMG, agriculture, oil & gas, transport, etc) and Aliko Dangote, the Group’s founder, has become Africa’s wealthiest person and a leading industrialist.

    Dangote Cement’s strategy involves a unique set of choices along the value chain to deliver a distinctive value proposition across several African markets. The company has become a top 10 global Cement company and the leading cement manufacturer in Africa through a highly integrated business model that responds to the particular challenges and opportunities present in the developing African continent.

    Currently, the Group is investing heavily across different sectors (e.g., agriculture, fertilizer/chemicals, oil & gas, etc) and taking advantage of the multiple opportunities in the market. It is also consolidating its leading position in the African Cement industry, by entering new markets every year with a disruptive force.

    However, as Dangote Group grows far and wide, as the African market develops and as competition for local and foreign players heats up, should the Group change the strategy that has worked so well?

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  4. 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
  5. Credit Suisse: A tale of two banks DE1- 231-I

    Credit Suisse, a leading Swiss banking institution in the private and investment banking sectors, had a poor performance after the financial crisis of 2008 and was trailing its global peers. The bank appointed Tidjane Thiam as the new CEO of the bank in July 2015, with the mandate to turn the bank around.

    When Tidjane Thiam joined, Credit Suisse had a weak capital position, which prevented it to effectively compete. Additionally, the bank had some businesses which were “structural” loss-makers and hence a drag to the Group’s profitability and capital positions.

    Even more important than the underperforming businesses and weak capital position, it was apparent that Credit Suisse was lacking a clear and consistent strategy. Private banking and investment banking businesses were operating to some extent as independent operations and the bank was not taking advantage of synergistic opportunities across its businesses.

    The board asked the new CEO, Tidjane Thiam, to conduct a detailed strategic review, in closed collaboration with the Group Board, to restructure the bank. The case is centered on this strategic review and explains the position of the bank prior to the arrival of the CEO.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  6. MOSABI GE1-149-I

    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
  7. The unpredictable journey of entrepreneurial discove … GE1-147-I-M

    This Multimedia Case will drive the student through an immersive musical journey along a premium quality hand –made Spanish guitar.  The student will have the opportunity to follow the story of Manuel Rodriguez, a daring entrepreneur. They will be able to follow the companies and generation´s world trip and understand the reasoning behind his actions.

    Using Manuel Rodríguez´s case, students will have the opportunity to put themselves in the position of a serial entrepreneur, constructing their own journey alongside Manuel Rodríguez Guitars. Their decisions and experiences along the multimedia case will get stored digitally, in order to have an open discussion in class.

    Decision-making, drag and drop, and other interactive activities make up the learner journey; these activities are based on tangible entrepreneurial frameworks and business models.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship
  8. Quantifying the relative advantage of one firm over … DE1-229-I

    The aim of this exercise is to conduct a quantitative analysis of the competitive advantage, and to learn how to quantify the benefits of different growth strategies.

    The students will assume the role of business consultants who have to analyze the relative advantage of one airline over the other, to understand the sources of the advantage and to recommend a growth strategy for each airline.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  9. ROYO GROUP: RETOS DEL LEAN MANAGEMENT EN EL ENTORNO … DO1-158

    Royo Group is a company that manufactures and sells bathroom furniture. In 2010, after the generational change in the company's leadership, it was decided to implement lean management at an industrial level to improve competitiveness, both in terms of quality, and service and cost. Initially, the implementation was not too successful, because the improvements achieved were not consolidated. However, in 2012 the course was corrected, the implementation approach and the company began a stage of sustained improvement that has reached today.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
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