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
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
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.
Machine Learning SI2-108-I-M
This multimedia is in a template form with the goal of giving students a background on machine learning, its types, and examples of what it’s used for. It is a simple and straight-forward material that involves text, video, GIF and interactive tools (quizzes, etc.)
The breakdown of sections is as follows:
2) What is Machine Learning
3) Why Now?
4) Infrastructure Needed
5) Types of Machine Learning
6) Test Your ML IQ
The tutorial is meant for students to do before they come into class, to give them a taste of the area of machine learning, without going too much in-depth (that will be the professor’s role).Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Information Systems & Technologies | 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
Standtech Goes Public AJ-MCMI-114-I-M
Standtech, S.L. is a technology company that decides to go public in Spain (Bolsas Españolas) and The Netherlands (Euronext Amsterdam) after a share capital increase. Each team of students works as a law firm that advises Standtech in the process of becoming a listed company. The multimedia case is a “journey” through the milestones of such process: (i) transformation of a limited company into an autonomous society; (ii) share registration in book-entry form; (iii) modification of the articles of association; (iv) prospectus approval; (v) attainment of sufficient share distribution.Academic Area:Others
The Expansion of Palladium Hotel Group DE1-224-I-M
Palladium Hotel Group, a family-owned business that began on the small island of Ibiza, Spain, has enjoyed healthy profits and growth since its inception. However, in 2017, globalization changed the way travelers behaved. The board had identified the North American market as a key driver for achieving the group’s strategic objectives and high margin. The hotel group now needed to maximize loyalty, average daily rates, qualified occupancy and guest experience. How were they to go about this?Academic Area:Strategy
Expanding into new theme park markets: The case of F … DE1-225-I
In 2005, Ferrari signed an agreement to build the first Ferrari-inspired theme park in the world. The park was built on Das Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hence, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first theme park entirely devoted to the legendary carmaker Ferrari, came to existence. The success of the park attracted new players who requested licenses from Ferrari to open new parks. In response to this demand, Luca Fuso, the head of Ferrari Brand, must make decisions:
- Should Ferrari sell any licenses or simply only allow Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to exist?
- If new Ferrari parks do open, should they be located in developing or developed countries/regions?
- How do the answers to the above questions affect Ferrari’s long-standing view that the demand for Ferrari products should never be fully satisfied?
The case is designed for use in courses on international management for MBA students and upper-division undergraduate business students. The focus on international business makes it useful for audiences from cross-culture management courses. The students would benefit the most if they have taken in the past courses in topics such as Global Business Environment and Leadership.Academic Area:Strategy