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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Vincit: A Great Place to Work CO1-281-I

    The Vincit case describes the unique leadership model and organizational culture in the Nordic high-tech company named Vincit. The case covers the development of the company’s culture from its creation in 2007 to very recent, July 2019. The case ends by describing a recent public crisis caused by its recruitment advertisement and the founder’s confusion about the causes and solutions of this crisis.

    By highlighting the responsibility of the founders and leaders in developing Vincit’s culture, the case narratively unfolds the procedure of the formation of organizational culture in an entrepreneurial firm. Moreover, due to the self-managing nature of Vincit, the case also raises questions about what the responsibilities of the CEO/leaders are in a self-managing company, as well as the dynamic interaction between leadership and organization culture in an entrepreneurial firm.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
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