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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. Krug champagne. The “savoir faire” of a luxury turna … DE1-230-I

    The case describes the champagne house Krug turnaround process. The house in the late ’90s had a troubled financial situation. Acquired by the French conglomerate LVMH in the late ’90s, and despite the efforts and investments, the house did not seem to recover and, by 2008, was once more suffering financial distress.

    In 2009, Margareth Henríquez arrived as CEO. Based on her previous turnaround expertise in larger firms, Krug seemed like a less challenging project. However, her first year at Krug, with continuous declining sales, proved that Krug’s situation was more complicated than anticipated. The case allows a discussion of the real complexity in setting the strategic rationale of a turnaround. It describes the initial missteps and the search for guidance on the roots of the house, which brought Maggie on a journey of discovering the visionary approach of its founder, Joseph Krug.

    The case is rich in detail across all firm facets to allow a discussion on all the transformation measures taken and its rationale. Then the case is well suited to a debate on strategy implementation. Likewise, it might also be appropriate to discuss the adjustment of the marketing policies on a turnaround.

    Lastly, the case emphasizes the role of Maggie as a transformational driving force. A woman from a different culture on a selective, and to a certain extent, conservative market. Her strategic approach and her decisive leadership in challenging classic policies are also fundamental pillars of the transformation.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
  3. Dangote Group DE1- 232-I

    The case describes Dangote Cement’s history, growth and business model. Dangote Cement is the main subsidiary of Dangote Group, a leading African multinational and the country’s largest conglomerate.

    Starting as a trading firm, the group has branched out into several sectors (e.g., cement, sugar, flour, salt, FMG, agriculture, oil & gas, transport, etc) and Aliko Dangote, the Group’s founder, has become Africa’s wealthiest person and a leading industrialist.

    Dangote Cement’s strategy involves a unique set of choices along the value chain to deliver a distinctive value proposition across several African markets. The company has become a top 10 global Cement company and the leading cement manufacturer in Africa through a highly integrated business model that responds to the particular challenges and opportunities present in the developing African continent.

    Currently, the Group is investing heavily across different sectors (e.g., agriculture, fertilizer/chemicals, oil & gas, etc) and taking advantage of the multiple opportunities in the market. It is also consolidating its leading position in the African Cement industry, by entering new markets every year with a disruptive force.

    However, as Dangote Group grows far and wide, as the African market develops and as competition for local and foreign players heats up, should the Group change the strategy that has worked so well?

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  4. Credit Suisse: A tale of two banks DE1- 231-I

    Credit Suisse, a leading Swiss banking institution in the private and investment banking sectors, had a poor performance after the financial crisis of 2008 and was trailing its global peers. The bank appointed Tidjane Thiam as the new CEO of the bank in July 2015, with the mandate to turn the bank around.

    When Tidjane Thiam joined, Credit Suisse had a weak capital position, which prevented it to effectively compete. Additionally, the bank had some businesses which were “structural” loss-makers and hence a drag to the Group’s profitability and capital positions.

    Even more important than the underperforming businesses and weak capital position, it was apparent that Credit Suisse was lacking a clear and consistent strategy. Private banking and investment banking businesses were operating to some extent as independent operations and the bank was not taking advantage of synergistic opportunities across its businesses.

    The board asked the new CEO, Tidjane Thiam, to conduct a detailed strategic review, in closed collaboration with the Group Board, to restructure the bank. The case is centered on this strategic review and explains the position of the bank prior to the arrival of the CEO.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  5. Quantifying the relative advantage of one firm over … DE1-229-I

    The aim of this exercise is to conduct a quantitative analysis of the competitive advantage, and to learn how to quantify the benefits of different growth strategies.

    The students will assume the role of business consultants who have to analyze the relative advantage of one airline over the other, to understand the sources of the advantage and to recommend a growth strategy for each airline.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  6. El Confidencial: leading the digital revolution of t … DE1-227-I

    El Confidencial is an example of how a young company can become the leader in an industry undergoing a transformation. The case describes the changes in technology and consumer habits that occurred with the digitalization of the newspaper industry. This has resulted in financial hardship for traditional newspapers as their model based on print newspapers fades away. 

    First, the case explores the industry by describing what success traditionally looked like and how it has evolved with the digitalization of the industry.


    Second, it explores the emergence of new digital “native” competitors and how they have managed to gain a high level of readership and influence over public opinion in a short period of time. This has redesigned the map of mass media establishing new positions of leadership, such as that of El Confidencial.


    Told in chronological order, the case explains the evolution of El Confidential starting with its foundation in 2001. The reader tracks how it faced its main challenges and achieved success.

     

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship
  7. Sushita: Making Sushi Mainstream DE1-228-I

    Eating raw fish was not very common in Madrid in 1999, other than a few Japanese restaurants that existed. These restaurants were either targeting Japanese tourists in Madrid or well-traveled, high-income individuals who had discovered sushi abroad. Sushita’s founders belonged to the second group.  Young and cosmopolitan, both Sandra Segimon and Natasha Apolinario were quickly attracted to sushi on their trips to London and New York. 

    They started their business by developing sushi trays. After years of growing a successful sushi takeaway business, one of their most important clients was lost in an expansion strategy disagreement. The client was forcing Sushita to open a large number of sushi corners at their own expense. This client represented 35% of their sales so losing them as a client could be a huge blow to their projected revenues for that year and years to come.

    Following this major setback, Sandra and Natasha decided to never again be overly dependent on a single client. So what should they do? They knew that they needed to continue growing the Sushita brand but how? They were already present in the most important supermarket chains in Spain, and they had recently started selling frozen takeaways to major Spanish national hotel chains.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
  8. PLAYGIGA: THE GROWTH PAINS OF A PIONEER IN CLOUD GAM … GE1-144-I

    In September 2016, Javier Polo, a senior executive from the Telco sector, was appointed as CEO of PlayGiga, a technology start-up. The company had spent three years successfully developing a technology to enable users to play Videogames from the cloud, without needing a gaming console (e.g. PlayStation, Xbox) or an expensive gaming PC. However, no significant sales had materialized until now. After three months in the position, the CEO needed to prove the market acceptance for the new service. Important decisions had to be taken about the value proposition, which customer segment to focus on and about the go-to-market strategy; in particular, if a direct-to-consumer commercialization would be better than selling the service through Telecom and Media companies.

    The case is intended to be taught in the initial modules of an entrepreneurship course for Undergraduates, MBA students or Executive MBAs. It can also be taught in entrepreneurship modules within specialized masters such as a Master in Technology or Digital Business.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
  9. Because there is no planet B: the case of Ecoalf DE1-226-I

    The case is about ECOALF, a Spanish sustainable fashion brand that manufactures garments, sneakers and accessories from recycled materials. By providing information on ECOALF’s products and initiatives, while simultaneously illustrating the difficulty of balancing social and financial goals, this case introduces an interesting real-world setting that touches upon various issues related to social innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, CSR and ethics. Particularly, the case offers insights on the delicate phase in the growth of a firm in which the sales are booming and the company is expanding, while the company still does not make a profit and its long-term continuity is still uncertain.

    The case confronts students with questions such as ‘What strategic decisions should be made to ensure ECOALF’s long-term profitability?’ and ‘How should social and financial objectives be balanced?’, and allows them to explore these questions using a real company and market information.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
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