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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
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
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
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
Product strategy: portfolio management concepts, typ … MK2-106-I
This note introduces readers to concepts about products. It explains various definitions of what a product is, emphasizing that products are not what the producer wants them to be but how the consumer perceives them. It looks at the value hierarchy for the customer and the levels of the product (core benefit, generic product, expected product, augmented product and potential product) and then goes on to explain its physical and psychological attributes. Next, it delves into the brand emphasizing that it is one of the key elements of the commercial strategy used for products and a valuable strategic asset and then takes a look at the brand identity. Using Nike as a practical example, it introduces readers to the hierarchy of benefits and how to use the brand’s attributes to identify the final identity of the brand. It describes the differences between consumer goods, industrial goods and services and also talks about how to manage a portfolio of products using Procter & Gamble and Pantene as an example. Then it describes the stages of the product market life cycle and how it is essential for any company that wishes to remain profitable over the long term to develop new products. Looking at the Ansoff Matrix, readers are introduced to four different strategies regarding products and markets. Lastly, the note explains the BCG growth/relative market share matrix to show how to determine the strategic situation of a company’s products/markets and the AC matrix to determine the attractiveness and competitiveness of a market.Academic Area:Marketing & Communications
Iberia Airlines DE1-161-I-M
This interactive case analyzes the dilemma that Iberia was facing in the year 2004 due to the entrance of low cost airlines into the Spanish market specifically in Barcelona. The case presents different options that students must evaluate.
It describes the history of the company until 2004 and makes a detailed comparison of the two business models: in network (the model used by Iberia) and the one that the low cost airlines use.
This case is designed for a Competitive Strategy course, especially for MBA. The case mainly serves to analyze the cost advantage, discuss the design of the strategy when the environment’s characteristics change and practice the identification and evaluation of strategic alternatives. It is a case that can be useful as a summary of the first part of the course on Competitive Strategy.Academic Area:Strategy
Al-Kadi Commerce & Industry* Truck & Trailer … DO1-127-I
The case presents operational and supply chain management issues of Al-Kadi, a large truck and trailer parts company in Saudi Arabia. The company has observed an increase in stock levels and working capital that surpasses growth in sales, threatening the feasibility and healthiness of the business. The efficiency vs. effectiveness dilemma of inventory management strategy is the main focus of this case.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management
Carrera y Carrera: Glamour arrives to ERP SI1-123-I
The case examines the history of Carrera y Carrera (CYC), a Spanish company of artisan jewelers founded in 1885 which was faced with the dilemma of implementing an ERP system to cope with the growth and internationalization of their business. At that time, the company had gone through a phase of change having being bought by a group of investors led by another Spanish multinational, Lladró, and by the venture capital company 3i.
Given the high number of small Spanish companies, in traditional sectors, which face challenges arising from their internationalization, and using the three stages of the implementation process of an ERP system (selection, implementation and post-implementation) as a tool, the purpose of the case is to analyze the Axapta ERP implementation process and the factors contributing to the success of this implementation through the analysis of the experience of CYC during the period in which this process was carried out.
To do this, it will first be a matter of analyzing what the variables were that influenced the process of selection and subsequent implementation of ERP. Given that this competitive success is something dynamic that changes with time, it is necessary to also look at what challenges the company is faced with today and what strategies it ought to adopt in order to consolidate and increase growth both of the business and of the systems that support the strategy and the business.Academic Area:Digital Technologies & Data Science