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  1. The internationalization conundrum of S&H DE1-222-I

    Joe and Alex, father and son and president and CEO of a family-owned business called Steel & Heavy (S&H) had to make a key strategic decision. They needed to set up a new manufacturing subsidiary near an efficient port and narrowed their choices down to a port in Spain or one in China. Joe was in favor of China (Shanghai) because of its size, growth and access to the Asian markets. The Shanghai port was also very large and efficient and labor costs were cheaper than in Europe. But, it was quite far from the headquarters. Alex preferred Spain because of the smaller geographical and cultural distances from the headquarters in Italy, the large metal production cluster already present there and the low cost of coordinating with Italy. Plus, the port in Gijón is the sixth largest in Spain and one of the most modern in terms of infrastructure. However, it was still small compared to the port in Shanghai and the final markets were still far from Gijón. Although Joe owned the majority of S&H’s shares, he did not want to impose a decision on his son and family. When pondering the decision, Joe decided to call T+P, S&H’s partner. T+P’s CEO knew that they would also need to create their own new subsidiary because the international venture was a joint decision. The case wraps up with Alex and Joe calling the CEO to tell him their arguments but does not reveal what the final decision was.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  2. In Search of Purpose: Employee Engagement through Co … CO1-277-I

    The case centers on Southlake Financial, a stylized company based on financial services in Canada. The case opens with a call to action from the company CEO, pledging the business will move toward a greater organization-wide focus on purpose (“purpose” meaning embedding more social and environmental intentionality in all aspects of the business). Traditionally, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Human Resources were managed separately at the company; however, the CEO’s announcement raises the question of whether greater integration of these functions will be needed. Specifically, the case examines how employee engagement can contribute to CSR objectives, while also questioning whether CSR initiatives have a positive and demonstrable benefit on employee engagement.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour
  3. EN BUSCA DE PROPÓSITO : COMPROMISO DE LOS EMPLEADOS … CO1-277

    The case centers on Southlake Financial, a stylized company based on financial services in Canada. The case opens with a call to action from the company CEO, pledging the business will move toward a greater organization-wide focus on purpose (“purpose” meaning embedding more social and environmental intentionality in all aspects of the business). Traditionally, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Human Resources were managed separately at the company; however, the CEO’s announcement raises the question of whether greater integration of these functions will be needed. Specifically, the case examines how employee engagement can contribute to CSR objectives, while also questioning whether CSR initiatives have a positive and demonstrable benefit on employee engagement.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour
  4. Arrogant Brewing DE1-220-I-M

    Arrogant Brewing: Strategy in the Craft Beer Market puts students in the shoes of founding partner of a San Diego-based craft brewery as they make their entrance into the craft beer market. Using a modern multimedia layout including interactive activities and a realistic storyline acted out on screen, learners will have to make crucial strategic decisions that will have a direct effect on the company’s success and will receive immediate feedback on the decisions they’ve made.

    This case is separated into 3 parts, each one consisting of Watch, Learn, Do, and Decide sub-sections. The multimedia’s format makes for a clear and engaging learning experience. Arrogant Brewing, an up-and-coming craft brewery, wants to break into the craft beer market, but must tackle a number of obstacles along the way. Each part begins with a video centered around the student, making him/her the protagonist. Students must listen to the current situation the company finds itself in. After watching the video, students will learn the academic theories relevant to the situation, practice their understanding with interactivie activities (drag and drop exercises, matching, etc.), and finally, make a decisión about the company’s next move. With each decision made, feedback is given in video format.

    A practical, modern, and visually stunning case, Arrogant Brewing has already proved to be an effective and popular resource used in classes at IE.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  5. Arrogant Brewing DE1-220-M

    Arrogant Brewing: Strategy in the Craft Beer Market puts students in the shoes of founding partner of a San Diego-based craft brewery as they make their entrance into the craft beer market. Using a modern multimedia layout including interactive activities and a realistic storyline acted out on screen, learners will have to make crucial strategic decisions that will have a direct effect on the company’s success and will receive immediate feedback on the decisions they’ve made.

    This case is separated into 3 parts, each one consisting of Watch, Learn, Do, and Decide sub-sections. The multimedia’s format makes for a clear and engaging learning experience. Arrogant Brewing, an up-and-coming craft brewery, wants to break into the craft beer market, but must tackle a number of obstacles along the way. Each part begins with a video centered around the student, making him/her the protagonist. Students must listen to the current situation the company finds itself in. After watching the video, students will learn the academic theories relevant to the situation, practice their understanding with interactivie activities (drag and drop exercises, matching, etc.), and finally, make a decisión about the company’s next move. With each decision made, feedback is given in video format.

    A practical, modern, and visually stunning case, Arrogant Brewing has already proved to be an effective and popular resource used in classes at IE.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  6. Porsche: Beyond the Limits of Luxury? DE1-204-I-M

    Porsche: Beyond the Limits of Luxury? is a highly visual and interactive multimedia that highlights the strategic challenges Porsche faced while growing the company’s business in two very distinct areas: the high-end and the lower-end of the automobile industry, with the launch of their the Spyder, an extreme sports car priced at over €750,000, and the launch of the Macan, the most affordable model to date, starting at just €48,000. Students will have an intimate look into Porsche and the situation they found themselves in in late 2013 with data from both public sources as well as Porsche and exclusive interviews with the automobile giant’s Head of Press & Public Relations of Porsche Ibérica.

    The case is separated into 6 sections. In the first, Porsche’s Stance, learners are given context as to the situation the company finds itself in, including TV adverts, statistics and interviews. In the second section particpants will discover a short history of the brand. In the third and fourth sections, The Automobile Industry and The Luxury Automobile Industry, respectively, insight is given into the market Porsche finds itself in, heavily influencing their strategic decisions. In the case’s fifth section, Porsche Strategy 2018, the company’s growth strategy is broken down for analysis, with another interview supporting this information. Finally, in the last section, Growth Opportunity or Risky Move, particpants can see the final takeways from the professor and author of the case.

    Throughout each section of the case learners will have quizzes testing their understanding of the themes and at the end have the option to view and print their responses via PDF.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  7. Crowd2Fund in the Crowdfunding market of the UK DE1-218-I-M

    This interactive case study analyses the crowdfunding market situation in the UK, and the current strategy of the company Crowd2Fund within this market. 

    The learner will have the possibility to analyze this high growth industry through the lens of the recently founded crowdfunding platform Crowd2Fund. In the interactive case, Crowd2Fund's CEO explains his views on the market as well as his views on the company's current strategy, where he analyzes the sector and its future and shows how his company was able to arrive at where it's currently at.

    It is an opportunity for learners to strategically analyze the company, its future, how to approach it through the lens of whether this is a Winner-Take-All market or not, and how its competitive advantages can be leveraged in the medium term to ensure its sustainability.

    In general terms, the case can be used to address platforms, their network externalities and the sustainability of competitive advantages.

    This case study can be used in the second part of a core strategy course of an MBA once students have already seen the basics of industry analysis, resources & capabilities and traditional generic strategies.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  8. Porsche: ¿Más allá de los límites del lujo? DE1-204-M

    Porsche: Beyond the Limits of Luxury? is a highly visual and interactive multimedia that highlights the strategic challenges Porsche faced while growing the company’s business in two very distinct areas: the high-end and the lower-end of the automobile industry, with the launch of their the Spyder, an extreme sports car priced at over €750,000, and the launch of the Macan, the most affordable model to date, starting at just €48,000. Students will have an intimate look into Porsche and the situation they found themselves in in late 2013 with data from both public sources as well as Porsche and exclusive interviews with the automobile giant’s Head of Press & Public Relations of Porsche Ibérica.

    The case is separated into 6 sections. In the first, Porsche’s Stance, learners are given context as to the situation the company finds itself in, including TV adverts, statistics and interviews. In the second section particpants will discover a short history of the brand. In the third and fourth sections, The Automobile Industry and The Luxury Automobile Industry, respectively, insight is given into the market Porsche finds itself in, heavily influencing their strategic decisions. In the case’s fifth section, Porsche Strategy 2018, the company’s growth strategy is broken down for analysis, with another interview supporting this information. Finally, in the last section, Growth Opportunity or Risky Move, particpants can see the final takeways from the professor and author of the case.

    Throughout each section of the case learners will have quizzes testing their understanding of the themes and at the end have the option to view and print their responses via PDF.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  9. Ethiopia: Doing business at the bottom of the pyrami … EC1-139-I-M

    What is it like to live and do business at the base of the pyramid? This multimedia is the second part in a series of reports from students who have spent time living, working and volunteering in Ethiopia.

    This installment focuses on the different types of businesses that exist and operate in the East African country and begins to explore both the opportunities and challenges that business owners face. Here we display the first-hand accounts from those who have spent time in large and small companies and can relay the challenges of doing business in the bottom of the pyramid.

    The students´ experiences are brought to life through images and video interviews. The conclusion posing the ultimate question: Can money be made doing business at the bottom of the pyramid?

    Academic Area:
    Economic Environment & Public Affairs
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