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  1. 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
  2. PayForaPresent.com: Consumer Behavior & Expansio … MK1-155-I

    Dana Melosto has to consider the core benefits that PayForAPresent.com (her on-line wedding registry) provides to its consumers. Based on these, she has to decide between three different expansion opportunities. Expand the wedding registry business to Spain, to Mexico, or open a crowd funding business in the US. She also then has to decide on how to implement her choice, taking into consideration aspects of consumer behavior and psychology.  

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  3. A radical innovation in the sky: aviation capital en … MK1-154-I

    Aviation Capital Enterprise (ACE) is a Canadian Company that is planning to launch a radical innovation in the air transport industry: a hybrid airship that is like a "blimp" that offers large capacity transportation capability with significant fuel economy and reduced operating costs. Hybrid Airships can operate from existing infrastructure or with no infrastructure as they can take off and land in almost any location, and they require considerably less fuel than traditional transport options. ACE needs to define a Marketing Strategy and put together a Marketing Plan to launch this radical innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  4. Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners RH1-147-I-M

    This interactive multimedia case describes the story of the redundancy process carried out by the architectural studio, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, at the beginning of 2009. The case focuses on how this important studio, which was well-known for having a closely knit, employee-orientated culture, managed this process. The case begins with an introduction to the studio before moving on to hear the reasons of the partners for having to make redundancies. The final section of the case includes an interactive exercise in which students must make recommendations about how the company should manage the process. A dedicated professor's page, which can be shown in class, analyzes the results of the student exercise and also includes a full reaction to the process through various video interviews with employees.

    This case lies within the field of Human Resources Management and is fit to be used in such courses across all kinds of postgraduate programs. To date, it has been used successfully in MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Education courses and other management programs. 

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources | Negotiation
  5. Launching the tesla model X in the U.S.A.: From word … MK1-153-I

    At the begining of 2015 Tesla Motors was launching its new Tesla Model X, a full-electric car defined as an sport-utility vehicle (SUV). The marketing team of Tesla Motors had to put together a Marketing Plan to  launch Model X and they are questioning if Tesla should do a marketing  campaign based on word of mouth as they have done with their previous models or if Tesla should develop a mass marketing campaign to launch the new Tesla Model X.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  6. elBullifoundation: A Delicate Experiment MK1-151-I

    The closing of elBulli as a restaurant on 30 July, 2011 gave rise to a new milestone - the creation of a new organisation, elBullifoundation - which emerges as a universe for the generation of creativity. The goal is to design the project as a stellar space for knowledge within the new cooking paradigm for the coming decades. Revolving around creativity, the space is both integrating and interdisciplinary, given that the creative process is connected to philosophical reflection, the arts, science, practice and technology.

    This case explores the transition of the successful haute couture restaurant, ElBulli, into an innovation centre based on digital technology, called the elBullifoundation. Students will explore topics such as brand management, strategy changes, business model transformation, and positioning.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  7. 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
  8. AEDAS AR1-006-I-M

    This interactive multimedia case describes Aedas a leading architectural firm which has developed a strong research culture. This has led to the creation of specialist groups within the firm for the main R&D fields at stake.

    The case touches different aspects such as innovation ROI knowledge management business-IT alignment inside a professional services firm and includes several rich graphic elements such as videos of the company’s protagonists and a decision tool where students have to think about the new setup of a research project at AEDAS.

    The case study is designed to be discussed in one session with the support and guidance of the professor in areas such as Innovation Management, Project Management and Information Systems and Technology.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management | Innovation
  9. Hotel IPSUM: a marketing and commercial strategy to … MK1-149-I

    Faced with the challenge of improving both sales and profitability of Bogota, Colombia’s 5-star Hotel Ipsum, General Manager Rafael Escobedo had to take into consideration the political, social, economic and technological factors working for and against him. A customer base principally traveling for business and higher room occupancy during the week than weekends coupled with a virtually non-existent marketing plan was the primary obstacle standing between Escobedo and achieving higher profitability for Hotel Ipsum. In order to do so, radical changes would have to be made in order to keep the hotel, and his job, from being negatively affected. This case will help students learn the various factors that affect how hotels remain competitive without losing profits in an ever-changing and challenging market.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
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