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This Technical Note gives an overview of lobbying as a way for managers to influence governments, policy, and regulation. It defines lobbying, explains why lobbying is becoming an increasingly important tool for managers in the implementation of their non-market strategies, and reviews key elements of a lobbying campaign. The Note also includes an analysis of the role of professional lobby consulting firms and a discussion of ethical considerations related to lobbying public officialsAcademic Area:Strategy
PERI Spain Coaching in Construction (A) RH1-013-A-I
Rafael Felices Huarte, general manager of PERI Spain, had to make some big decisions but was facing many challenges. The company was growing and had undergone a strategy change. He needed to fill the new positions but the construction managers were hard to find. He also needed to ensure that the values of the organization, its high quality standards and low accident rates would be maintained during the rapid expansion. In order to help readers understand what was at stake, the case tells the history of the company, emphasizing its success as a world leader in the development of new products in its field and explaining how it has managed to keep its accident rate so low compared to the industry’s average due to its strict policies and training. Because of the job security offered by PERI, the case explains how it has also managed to achieve low rates of voluntary staff turnover. The case then delves into the culture at PERI Spain which is characterized by its values of self-discipline, responsibility, communication and learning and also into the company’s structure and organization. It explains how two new divisions (civil engineering and industrial scaffolding) were created to change the company’s strategy and brings up one of the greatest challenges involved in the strategy change: recruiting new foremen. At the end of the case, Felices Huarte ponders the future. There had been a recent wave of accidents at other construction companies, so he was wondering if accidents at PERI would increase if the workforce were to increase. He also had to decide what strategy to follow to fill foremen vacancies. Should they promote employees internally who were unfamiliar with the work of the two new divisions or recruit from the outside job market and face the challenge of maintaining the organization’s culture? In addition, he reflected on the pressing need to hire construction workers and whether they should be employed directly or subcontracted.
The case wraps up by asking readers what they think Felices Huarte should do.Academic Area:Human Resources
PERI Spain Coaching in Construction (B) RH1-013-B-I
This case features an interview with Rafael Felices Huarte, the general manager of PERI Spain. First, Felices Huarte explains how the trust that management has in its employees has led to PERI’s extremely positive results, low turnover rate and low number of occupational accident rates. He also emphasizes that they focus on the best solution for the customer, not the lowest cost. The employees are highly motivated and an important part of the company’s growth. He also delves into the company’s values of self-discipline, responsibility, communication and learning. Next, he describes the company’s new diversification strategy of extending the range of services with the aim of earning a high market share. In order to carry out this strategy change, the company needed to hire construction foremen, which was a challenge due to difficulties in obtaining qualified personnel for on-site work. The company faced this challenge by setting up a professional training program which required the support of the director of logistics and civil engineering. Felices Huarte explains how he is not worried about hiring new staff endangering the company’s culture due to adaptation processes they have in place, other departments which influence conduct and leisure activities that help new staff to embrace the company’s culture. He wraps up the interview by talking about corporate social responsibility at the company and explains how basic principles such as rigorous administrative management of all staff on site (social security, medical check-ups, payroll, etc.), training courses on the tasks to be carried out, and strict compliance with occupational risk-prevention measures ensure they are able to survive in the long term.Academic Area:Human Resources
Fiat Stilo: Positioning MK1-122-I-M
This interactive multimedia case analyzes Fiat Auto Spain's positioning strategy of a new product from different perspectives. During this interactive exercise students can assume different roles (Managing Director Marketing Manager or Sales Manager) deal with the decisions regarding a product's positioning and analyze the coherency of the decisions made in the company's various areas.Academic Area:Marketing
Quantitative decision analysis MC021-021-I
This technical note introduces students to quantitative methods and modeling techniques to facilitate decision making. In order to learn how to apply scientific methods to help them choose the best possible strategy to reach their goal. Using an example, students are taught how to make a decision using expected values in order to transform non-controlled variables into a numeric value.
Various examples are given so that students can learn how to make decisions based on different levels of risk aversion.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management | Others
The Business Plan: Analyzing the feasibility of a bu … GE2-108-I
Introduces students to the business plan and explains how it can be used to describe and analyze a business opportunity, to examine its feasibility and to develop strategies to turn an opportunity into a business project. It also explains how it must be adapted based on the audience, the objective and its degree of development and how it is a document that is “never finished.”
A generic model of a business plan is suggested and then there is a detailed description of the executive summary and each part of the plan including the introduction, project champions team, business model, sector analysis, strategy for implementation of the business model, legal structure, economic-financial analysis, risks and mitigation and conclusions.Academic Area:Entrepreneurship
The creation and development of the brand Aquarius MK1-160-I-M
This multimedia case shows the complete process of brand creation, construction and management. Comprised of the steps that must be taken in the process, tools and strategies for communication, and the types of decisions that must be faced when managing a brand, students will learn a model that can later be used in other markets and sectors or with other products, as well as understand key factors of the creative process and the search for efficient solutions for communication-based business problems.
Various videos with people who actively participated in the creation of the Aquarius brand are included, such as Marcos de Quintos, Chief Marketing Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, and Miguel García, Creative Director of Sra. Rushmore. It also includes several graphs in which students can analyze market tendencies, competition in the sector, or the rise in non-carbonated beverages in the Spanish market. This data is available in an Excel spreadsheet which the student can download and use to carry out a study.
At the end of the case, several dilemmas which Aquarius faces are brought up, requiring the student to consider different strategies in order to resolve the future challenges Aquarius will be faced with.
The case is recommended for students of degrees and master programs (MBA, MIM, Executive MBA) in marketing and communications sessions and as a basis for a work during the course. It can be used in courses directly related to brand management, commercial communication, integrated communication, communication strategy and creativity.Academic Area:Marketing