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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
Sofía López - Servicios Ambientales, S.L. GE1-146-I
Sofia Lopez is a Spanish professional who founded “Servicios Ambientales” - an environmental services agency – twice. First in 2012, after her previous employer went bankrupt because of bad management and she lost her job. Sofia convinced four former colleagues to start their own company and brought a former client as a financial partner on board. Using her positive can-do attitude and convincing communication, she defended the attempt of her financial partner to fire her. Instead, she ousted him with the help of her partners. This made it necessary to start her company a second time in 2015. Sofia held on to her clear vision to deliver quality work. She addressed late payments with partial invoicing to manage cash flow. In late 2019, Sofia was still heading “Servicios Ambientales” which now had 20 employees and offered its services across Spain and other EU countries.
What obstacles did she need to overcome and how did she do so? What skills and techniques did she develop to “bounce back” twice?Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Entrepreneurship | Human Resources
Jane joins the club: Diversity & corporate gove … CO1-280-I
How to make an effective contribution to a closely-knit board run by a longtime and rigid chair, and how to do so as the only woman? This is the predicament this fictional case study presents Jane Pruitt, a 54-year-old CFO coming in from another company under shareholder pressure. She is striving to make a much-needed impact on a privately-held formerly family-run metalworking machinery and equipment manufacturer overseen by five male board members (and financially interconnected friends) all about 70 years of age.
Jane begins to suspect that the intellectual, generational and gender diversity she was hired to provide was brought on board only for public show.
The case raises important questions about the value of diversity in a team environment and will engage any student who has been an outsider on an insular, club-like team.
This case presents several challenges that are relevant for organizations today. First, it explores a newcomer’s perspective on being an outsider in an insider-dominated setting. Second, the case presents a number of common board/team practices that undercut effectiveness. Finally, it gives students the opportunity to think and talk about board diversity, its merits and challenges, and possible paths forward to success.
Within that setting, several instructional objectives can be met:
Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour | Human Resources | Innovation
- Diversity: The experience of the outsider, and the deep frustrations of not fitting in.
- Board Process: Board effectiveness requires both the right board composition and the right board process.
- Leadership: The next leader is often already at the table but may not match the stereotype of the old one.
Innovation Island DE1-223-I-M
Innovation Island is an out-of-the-box interactive simulation created to facilitate a practical in-class learning journey for instructors focusing on various strategic and leadership themes, such as leadership intelligence, collaborative innovation, design thinking and scenario planning.
After a plane crash, learners are stranded on a deserted island together with limited resources and an abundance of dangers. Using lessons from the professor himself, survivors must work in groups to develop a prototype that will assist them in confronting at least one particular uncertainty that jeopardizes their survival on this unforgiving island.
This multimedia is unique in that it gives instructors the freedom to focus their session on the themes they choose (e.g. soft skills and leadership intelligence).
The activity is also heavily based on collaboration and teamwork, encouraging learners to spend the majority of their time putting into practice the takeaways provided by the instructors in their class in a highly constructive way. Also, being put in a fictitious situation not typically used in higher-education/continuing-education settings, participants are 1) all able to connect and collaborate on a goal, regardless of their professional backgrounds, and 2) forced to think outside the box critically.
This simulation can be used effectively in MBA, MIB and M.Sc.; Global or Executive programs at any level, particularly in courses focusing on: innovation, leadership, strategy, strategy execution, complexity management and/or team dynamicsAcademic Area:Strategy | Innovation
Donostia-San Sebastían: A City in Search of Talent a … GE1-142-I
The case describes the story of a city, Donostia-San Sebastián, which has the political and institutional goal to become a city of innovation and entrepreneurship. To achieve this, there are different dilemmas related to the size of the city, the shortage of talent in certain specialties, cannibalization of talent, internationally competitive salaries and the effects of the brain drain. In this case study, we meet a local public institution, Fomento San Sebastián (FSS), which acts as the instrument of the city to promote an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive local economic development. FSS plays a fundamental role within the local ecosystem of innovation and takes the lead to endow talent with human capital in the city.
Through the context of the city of Donostia-San Sebastián and the different programs and decisions taken by FSS, the student will be able to understand the innovation ecosystem and to analyze how talent and human capital develops in a city.
This case is useful for a wide audience:
Academic Area:Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation
- Students of universities, MBA or MIR interested in innovation in cities.
- University students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics interested in the topic.
- Students participating in courses such as Urban Innovation, Public Policy, Sustainable Cities, Human Resources, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
- It is suitable for "In Company" courses for employees of highly innovative companies and employees of public agencies whose work is related to innovation or research.
In Search of Purpose: Employee Engagement through Co … CO1-277-I
The case centers on Southlake Financial, a stylized company based on financial services in Canada. The case opens with a call to action from the company CEO, pledging the business will move toward a greater organization-wide focus on purpose (“purpose” meaning embedding more social and environmental intentionality in all aspects of the business). Traditionally, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Human Resources were managed separately at the company; however, the CEO’s announcement raises the question of whether greater integration of these functions will be needed. Specifically, the case examines how employee engagement can contribute to CSR objectives, while also questioning whether CSR initiatives have a positive and demonstrable benefit on employee engagement.Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour
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
An app you can't refuse SI1-153-I-M
This multimedia case describes the situation of BigBangBox, a startup that creates edutainment apps. It shows the strategy followed by them in the launch of previous products. It also offers the necessary information about the markets of apps, to understand the importance of selecting the right strategy, with the business model and the promotion as keys to success.
After analyzing the new app, Mafia Business School, the student can decide the strategy for its launch. The student will have the opportunity of selecting an adequate business model and levels of promotion through the use of a simulator.
The case includes the participation of the founders, who tell the story of BigBangBox as a startup and confront the students with the dilemma of the launch of Mafia Business School. It is narrated through a comic, also known as a graphic story. It has a modern and functional design, including resources provided by the company to make the case more entertaining and fun.
The case study is mainly geared towards MBA and Master in International Management students. It can work in courses like Information Systems and IT & Innovation but also in Marketing and Strategy to show specific cases having to do with the world of apps, games and mobile devices. It can also be useful for students who are taking electives that have to do with digital marketing, mobile, digital business models, digital products or something similar as well as professionals in information systems and technology, marketing and digital communication programs.Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Information Systems & Technologies
MB&F, The management of creativity DE1-219-I
The case describes the foundation and development of Maximilian Busser and Friends (MB&F) a company that was established in Geneva with limited resources and was dedicated to manufacturing Horological Machines from its inception. One of the principal aims of the company was to produce the high-end watches that would be masterpieces, with limited edition.
MB&F is an example that illustrates how relevant it is to define a clear vision and idea of the product and the market and how to enter a closed and complex industry with limited resources. However, taking this creative approach in a traditional market was full of challenges.
Despite of these problems and challenges the company achieved a position as a player in the market. The case describes different reasons for that success, highlighting manufacturing, supply and distribution. Especially, the case remarks how the creativity approach best describes MB&F.
The case introduces a fundamental question for the company, particularly: if this success is sustainable or if MB&F represents a trendy product that will soon fade away.Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship