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  1. Tradition-based innovation for strategic Change in B … DF1-216-I

    In 1993 Bank Muscat was among the smallest banks in the Sultanate of Oman but over the last decade has grown to be the largest with a 40% market share in 2013. This increase in terms of market relevance has been driven by both organic growth and external factors. In 2014 Franco Álvarez a foreign consultant is trying to help Bank Muscat build a comprehensive innovation model. His first step is focused on understanding the current state of innovation within the bank. The ´Ibda (Innovation) competition organized by the bank offers him a first glance of how internal innovation could be fostered in the bank.

    The case provides insight into the innovation process in the Middle Eastern financial sector, focusing on Bank Muscat in Oman. It describes how an international consultant tries to help create an innovative model for the bank by asking top management questions and delving into the bank’s strategy. Through the questions he asks, readers learn about the history of the bank, the business culture and banking industry in Oman and Islamic banking. They also hear about an Ibda competition that ends up being a big inspiration for innovation at the bank.

    Academic Area:
    Finance | Innovation
  2. Lanzaderas de empleo y emprendimiento solidario. Cas … (A) GE1-139-A

    Case A describes the origins and functioning of LEES in 2013. This is a program launched by José María Pérez González, a Spanish social entrepreneur, in order to address the problem of unemployment in Spain. Mirroring his former social enterprise (Fundación Santamaria La Real), for which he had been nominated Ashoka fellow in 2008, the LEES are a series of accelerators aimed at the unemployed. Designed to make up for the shortcoming of governmental employment policies, where unemployed are passive and isolated, the LEES program follows a holistic approach that fosters the proactiveness of individuals, leverages their skills and increases their visibility. It adopts a collaborative, supportive model, based on people and their capacity for teamwork. Participants in the accelerators organize their activities for an average of 6 months and are led by a coach. The program also strives to involve most actors of the society (municipalities and governmental institutions, private local firms, NGOs, individual volunteers, local training centers, co-working or entrepreneurship centers, universities, etc.) into shaping a global solution to unemployment. Although they are overseen by the LEES central office, accelerators function as quasi-autonomous entities and take up the roles of project management, maintenance, student selection and appointment of functional committees.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship
  3. Lanzaderas de empleo y emprendimiento solidario. Cas … (B) GE1-139-B

    Case B updates the growth issues faced in 2015 by the LEES team led by Alvaro Retortillo Director for Social Innovation al Fundación Santamaria.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship
  4. RELIANCE : A family feud for control of India’s priv … (B) GE1-118-B-I

    This  case study  describes the conflict between the Ambari brothers after their father´s death, for taking control of Reliance Industries, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Innovation
  5. RELIANCE : A family feud for control of India’s priv … (A) GE1-118-A-I

    This case study describes the conflict between the Ambari brothers after their father´s death, for taking control of Reliance Industries, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Innovation
  6. RELIANCE: Una disputa familiar por el control del ma … (A) GE1-118-A

    This case study describes the conflict between the Ambari brothers after their father´s death, for taking control of Reliance Industries, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Innovation
  7. RELIANCE: Una disputa familiar por el control del ma … (B) GE1-118-B

    This  case study  describes the conflict between the Ambari brothers after their father´s death, for taking control of Reliance Industries, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Innovation
  8. The Pan American Health Organization CO1-244-I

    Is it possible for a public, inter-governmental, and technical cooperation organization to implement institutional change while maintaining normal performance in different contexts and while achieving objectives established by the member governments, without labor conflicts or a significant overall increase in financial resources?

    This case documents and comparatively analyzes two experiences (Costa Rica and Nicaragua) to answer the question posed above, as these countries provide two different situations in terms of national demand profiles and institutional resources.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Innovation
  9. Banesco Banco Universal. DO1-110-I

    Between 1992 and 2005, Banesco Banco Universal experienced sustainable and inexorable growth within Venezuela’s complex financial and banking market. Venezuela had weathered several political, social and economic crises over the last fifteen years. The vision of its founders Juan Carlos Escotet and Luis Xavier Lujan had been a key driver for the Bank’s success. However, after thirteen years of good decisions and results, Banesco was now a large and complex organization and was starting to show certain weaknesses that needed to be addressed by reviewing management and innovation processes to date. 

    In 2005, the Bank was in a situation in which it was able to launch a number of initiatives and projects designed to leverage strategic objectives. The demand for projects, however, was bigger than the Bank’s capacity to implement them, and it did not seem capable of prioritizing them.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management | Innovation
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