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Mobike Unicorn GE1-141-I
The case describes some strategic, marketing and organizational challenges faced by Mobike during the path of further expansion and growth. China, as an emerging and fast-expanding market, has its unique features. Mobike, as a successful Chinese startup, was able to survive a number of rounds of fundraising and stood at a crossroad, leading to different future growth paths.
The company has its doubts about the future. The point is not how to grow fast, but how to grow and stay in the market longer. The founder Hu Weiwei and CEO Davis Wang were concerned about the strategy for the future. The question was: should Mobike enter the deeper level of second- and third-tier cities in China, or should it pursue its global market penetration?
The case illustrates the challenges presented by business expansion. It highlights the importance of strategic tools, namely business model canvas, scenario planning and market analysis, to reevaluate current business operations, clarify future possibilities and mitigate business risks.
The case could be used in business schools at a variety of levels, including undergraduate, MBA and Executive. It could also be used in marketing, strategy and international cultural management courses. It is particularly useful for participants who want to explore strategy domain or build market knowledge on Chinese markets and the growth path on Chinese startups.Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Marketing & Communications | Innovation
J. Rutz. Developing a Strategic Continuous Improveme … DO1-156-I
The case study describes the experience of Javier Rutz as operations director and later as general manager of NERTUS, a leading company in the sector of railway maintenance services in Spain.
The company was founded by Spanish rail operator Renfe and Siemens, a leading train manufacturing company, to provide maintenance services for Siemens’ trains. From the beginning, NERTUS stands out for the high quality of its services and its great capacity for continuous improvement.
Shortly after its Foundation, Javier Rutz joined the company, first as director of operations and later as general manager. During this period, the philosophy of continuous improvement reached its maximum splendor.
After concluding a highly successful professional stage, Javier Rutz leaves the company and asks himself which is the best way to exploit his experience for his professional future: should he continue as a senior executive in another company or undertake a different challenge through his own company to provide consulting services that offer “the design and implementation of management models based on continuous improvement, with a strategic perspective?”
Aims to identify what are the key strategic and organizational elements that allow the successful implementation of a continuous improvement methodology. These strategic and organizational variables, such as customer orientation, company culture, leadership, transparency of information, etc., are shown throughout the case in a general way and in some examples presented by J. Rutz on NERTUS.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management
To go or not to go: Internationalisation of Crowd2Fu … DE1-210-I
The case describes the Crowdfunding Industry in the UK and how one of its leading companies, Crowd2fund, is trying to establish sustainable competitive advantages. The case also covers the decision of Crowd2fund about whether to internationalize their operations in Spain.
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 can be used in the second part of a Core Strategy course of the MBA once students have already seen the basics of Industry Analysis, Resources & Capabilities and traditional Generic StrategiesAcademic Area:Strategy
Loewe case study: Sustainability and Durable Luxury DE1-209-I
The case study describes the process of integrating the concept of sustainability into the operations of LOEWE. The leadership of the new CEO, Lisa Montague, is a key part of the process, as is a highly structured plan to measure and determine whether the process is moving forward. One remarkable aspect of the case is the Leather Crafts College initiative, a training centre open to people interested in developing this skill and who have passed a selection process coordinated by Getafe Council. Having a pool of people who have become "artisans" is critical in the company´s plans for growth.
This case study is ideal to use with a group of students who have management experience. In addition, it is very suitable for use in an advanced level programme related to luxury or communication, when addressing issues related to sustainability. It also certainly fits into a CSR course, when dealing with CSR in more depth than simply as corporate philanthropy.
On a Business, Government and Society course, the case is very useful for illustrating the application of Michael Porter's article: “Creating Shared Value”.
The most appropriate time to position the case is midway through the course.Academic Area:Strategy
Managing capacity in the intermediate term: aggregat … DO2-003-I
“Notes and cases of operations often seem to be based on the analysis of operating systems in an unchanging environment. The emphasis is placed on understanding and evaluating basic characteristics of company’s operations, working under reasonably stable conditions in terms of demand and markets. However, business works differently in practice. Markets demand competition and strategic change. Operating systems should be adapted to new strategic needs. Even in situations where strategic and competitive framework is reasonably stable (where the convenience or otherwise making of changes in a coherently designed and well managed operating system could be questioned), demand does not usually remain stable in the course of time.”
This technical note related to strategy details planning and scheduling procedures to manage dynamic capacity.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management
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
Lawnworks Lawn & Garden Product Group: Weighting … DO1-146-I
Lawnworks a division of a Fortune-500 North-American company builds garden tractors for the consumer and professional market. After two decades of steady growth an economic recession forces divisional management to rethink the operations and market strategy of the division or face dismissal from the parent company.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management
Multimedia case that analyzes the online sales strategy of Mango. This case covers the strategy since the company started the e-commerce campaign in 2000 up until 2008.
This case contains a series of interactive graphs that explain what e-commerce is and the impact it can have on the P&L of a company especially in the retail sector. It also includes a "did you know?" that describes the use of e-commerce platforms in different sectors.
Videos of Mango managers discussing the decisions they took before and after the implementation of the online strategy complement the material.
The case can be used in different areas (Information Systems & Technologies, Strategy, Marketing, Operations) as well as specialized electives such as e-commerce. It is used to provide an overview and introduction on the steps before defining a strategy and e-commerce with international reach as well as a first approximation to the areas included in this strategy and the efforts required for optimal development.Academic Area:Digital Technologies & Data Science
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