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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. 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
  3. CALVIÁ BEACH MK1-165-I-M

    This multimedia case will be provided to the students after having read a written case, so they will already have a knowledge about the subject, the situation and the position of Meliá in Magaluf.

    The case describes the story of Meliá Hotels International in Magaluf, Mallorca, as a touristic destination that had an extraordinarily fast development. It became a reference destination, due to its climate and privileged environment. It turned into a reference of quality and cost-effectiveness in Spain for decades, driven by hotel investment and tourism in the area.

    However, in the 90s the perception of the area, as a quality tourist destination, decreased and began a period of inflection. These actions led to the fall of prices and margins of hotels.

    Faced with the situation of serious deterioration of the Magaluf area and the declining results of Meliá hotels in the area, Mark Hoddinott knew that they had to make a strategic decision about the positioning of Meliá in that destination. After detailed analyzes, reflections and a wide network of consultations with collaborators, Hoddinott concluded that the best alternative for the company was investing in the area and promoting a strategic repositioning to restart Magaluf as a tourist destination.

    The purpose of this material, is that once the student is aware of the repositioning plan that Meliá decides to make in Magaluf, have all the tools to organize the implementation of this plan, in order to relaunch this tourism destination.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  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 & Communications | Innovation
  9. 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
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