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  1. Disruptive Innovation at BBVA SI1-147-I-M

    What happens when a multinational from another sector launches an innovative service which competes directly with your offerings? This material explains how BBVA reacted to the disruption of its micro-payment business caused by the entrance of large multinationals from outside the banking industry.

    The rapid acceptance of technologies by consumers offers an opportunity to meet a growing demand for new services. Many companies attracted by these business opportunities are placing greater importance on innovation pushing it to the forefront of their structure.

    Most commonly it is companies within the same sector that compete amongst one another to launch new services however sometimes the disruptive came from another sector which launches an innovative service which competes directly with your offerings. 

    This case has been designed for use in undergraduate, graduate (MBA programs and Masters in Management programs), Executive MBA, and executive education programs, and in courses such as Information Systems and Technology, Technology and Information Management, Digital Transformation, and Digital Innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Digital Technologies & Data Science | Innovation
  2. Digital Transformation in Vocento SI1-146-I-M

    The trend of people reading on paper is decreasing whilst the trend for reading online is increasing. This multimedia case explains how Vocento reacted to the shift of consumers from traditional media to online media and the significant reduction in income that this initially brought about. It discusses how the company was able to solve this issue by analysing data from its users in order to better understand their habits. With this information Vocento was able to make business decisions that have positioned the company as a leader in the field of online communication. The multimedia case separates the analysis of this experience into five stages from the initial detection of the problem through to finding a solution and measuring the impact on the business.

    This case has been designed to be used in undergraduate, graduate (MBA programs and Master in Management programs), Executive MBA and executive education, in courses such as Information Systems and Technology, Technology and Information Management, Digital Transformation, and Digital Innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Digital Technologies & Data Science | Innovation
  3. The turnaround of Lego: continued growth under famil … DE1-213-I

    In 2012, LEGO overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toy maker behind Mattel. The recently premiered “The LEGO Movie” grossed $69 mm on its opening weekend making it the largest debut of 2014. If all went well, soon they could beat its main competitor, Mattel Inc. But many challenges still laid ahead of the family owned company.

    LEGO needed to become a truly global and diverse organization to meet the adaptive challenges. To achieve this goal, Knudstorp envisioned the company as: “a unique niche player in the toy industry”. Was that the right vision given the competitive landscape? Would it be compatible with maintaining the company 100% family owned?

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship
  4. Chevron Cracks a New Market: Hidraulic Fracturing in … DE1-206-I

    The case chronicles Chevron´s fracking opportunities in Europe. The purpose of the case is to further students´ capacity to evaluate economic political and social risks/opportunities with limited data.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  5. Porsche AG. Beyond the limits of Luxury? DE1-204-I

    The case focuses on the two new models Porsche introduced in late 2013 which, interestingly enough, would become the most expensive (918) and the most affordable (Macan) Porsches to date. This was a new strategic challenge for Porsche as growing the company´s business in two new areas, (the high-end and low-end of the market) represented both a good growth opportunity, but also a major strategic challenge. The case has been designed for the elective course "Luxury Strategy" at IE Business School. Within this course, the case covers the session dedicated to growth management and more particularly, discusses a key strategic issue for luxury firms: the tension between growth and exclusivity. 

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  6. Rosa Vañó and Castillo de Canena CO1-259-I-M

    This case study tells the story of the gourmet olive oil company Castillo de Canena highlighting the professional career developments of its protagonists. It focuses on Rosa Vañó who just before her 40th birthday left an executive role at Coca-Cola to manage a new family business line in the olive oil company with her brother. She had given up what promised to be a brilliant career to take up a new professional challenge in a small company that is fast becoming her personal dream. It shows the dilemmas of such a decision and details the first successes and failures.

    The case puts the student into the picture with graphs and audiovisuals in depth interviews of the transformation of the company the people and their future challenges. It also includes the description of the strategy formulation process followed by the Vañó siblings as well as of their first strategic plan. It concludes with Rosa and Francisco Vañó reflecting on the future of the company. The economic crisis and the proliferation of new products have made it more difficult to achieve success through a differentiation strategy. In this context they have received an offer to buy the company which has both strategic and personal implications: Should they sell the company? Should they make the career shift from owners to managers?

    This case study can be taught as part of core MBA subjects like Organizational Behavior about career management and career transition. The case has been particularly useful in Organizational Behavior modules designed for experienced audiences, since they are more likely to be receptive to the career transition story described in the case.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Innovation
  7. XSTRATA AND AUSTRALIAN MINING TAX REFORM (B) DE1-202-B-I

    In 2010, the Australian Government announced a proposed overhaul of the taxation regime governing its large mining sector. The announcement came at a time when Australia’s mining industry was booming but concerns were also growing about how to distribute the gains of the mining boom between mining companies and the Australian people, and how to harness the success in the mining sector to promote long term sustainable economic growth across Australia. It was partly to address these concerns, as well as to improve the efficiency of the way in which mining was taxed, that the tax reform proposal was developed. At the heart of the proposal was a shift from a volume based royalty system of taxation to a system based on mining companies’ profits.

    Focusing on Xstrata, the largest foreign mining company operating in Australia, the case charts how the mining industry acted collectively to conduct a wide-ranging and aggressive public and private lobbying campaign against the tax. Central to this campaign was the use of traditional and new media – newspapers, radio, television, internet, and social networking sites – to try and turn public opinion against the tax. This campaign successfully sowed doubts into the minds of many and attracted support from the political opposition, and other business groups outside of the mining sector

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Strategy
  8. XSTRATA AND AUSTRALIAN MINING TAX REFORM (A) DE1-202-A-I

    In 2010, the Australian Government announced a proposed overhaul of the taxation regime governing its large mining sector. The announcement came at a time when Australia’s mining industry was booming but concerns were also growing about how to distribute the gains of the mining boom between mining companies and the Australian people, and how to harness the success in the mining sector to promote long term sustainable economic growth across Australia. It was partly to address these concerns, as well as to improve the efficiency of the way in which mining was taxed, that the tax reform proposal was developed. At the heart of the proposal was a shift from a volume based royalty system of taxation to a system based on mining companies’ profits.

    Focusing on Xstrata, the largest foreign mining company operating in Australia, the case charts how the mining industry acted collectively to conduct a wide-ranging and aggressive public and private lobbying campaign against the tax. Central to this campaign was the use of traditional and new media – newspapers, radio, television, internet, and social networking sites – to try and turn public opinion against the tax. This campaign successfully sowed doubts into the minds of many and attracted support from the political opposition, and other business groups outside of the mining sector

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Strategy
  9. Rare earth elements: China´s monopoly and the global … DE1-199-I

    REEs (Rare Earth Metals), a group of 17 elements on the periodic table, are a resource whose use is particularly popular in the components and production of the Toyota Prius. Demand of REEs has been increasing over the last fifty years, and is projected to continue growing well into the future. While deposits of the most commonly used REEs are found in in various corners of the world, China has an advantage in that it has 48% of the world’s known reserves. And its global monopoly of 97% of REE mining, as well as its decreasing exports, is creating worry that China will not be able to keep up with demand in coming years. This case will help students understand the world’s REE market and how its availability can affect industries with technologies using them.  

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
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