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  1. The Expansion of Palladium Hotel Group DE1-224-I

    The case describes the challenges and opportunities of the Palladium Hotel Group (PHG). PHG is a Spanish company founded in the 60s by the Matutes family that, with over 60 years in the market, is one of the leading companies in the sector.

    This case describes the main milestones and challenges of PHG caused by the digital transformation trends in the tourism sector during the previous decade. It includes the story Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, which is known for changing Ibiza forever. It also discloses the P2P dynamics achieved with the consolidation of Palladium Addicts.

    There is also a description of the segmentation, targeting and positioning strategy followed by the marketing team and the importance of the digital transformation to create a dynamic and proactive management strategy.

    The growth of the company was effective in terms of revenue and profits in the past decade, and PHG’s next challenge was to further conquer the American traveller and redesign the strategic roadmap for the coming years in order to achieve the growth and customer experience objectives.

    This case has been designed for use in undergraduate, graduate (MBA programs and Master in Management programs), and Executive MBA and Executive Education programs as well as in courses such as Marketing Strategy, Digital Transformation and Digital Innovation.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Marketing & Communications
  2. 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:

    1. Students of universities, MBA or MIR interested in innovation in cities.
    2. University students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics interested in the topic.
    3. Students participating in courses such as Urban Innovation, Public Policy, Sustainable Cities, Human Resources, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 
    4. 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.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship | Others | Innovation
  3. Heinz: Warren Buffett´s bid for the Ketchup giant DF1-225-I-M

    In 2013, 3G and Berkshire Hathaway acquired the Heinz group in a multi-billion dollar deal. But how much did they pay? And how did Warren Buffett, one of the richest people on the planet, even know what was a reasonable amount to offer?

    In this interactive case study, students assume the role of finance managers advising Mr. Buffett. Through video animations and Excel spreadsheets, they will need to make forecasts and ultimately predict a reasonable price for the acquisition of H. J. Heinz Company.

    Academic Area:
    Finance
  4. Ontruck SI1-157-I

    Ontruck is one of the most successful young start-ups in Spain, with markets already working in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and London.

    The case describes the business model of Ontruck, analyzes the market and the competition and highlights the process of evaluation of some different options and the main challenges for the next round of growth.

    Academic Area:
    Digital Technologies & Data Science | Others
  5. Innovation at play: Gold certificate financing by Am … DF1-226-I

    Mariam Fatima has recently joined Amana Bank as a member of the New Product Initiatives Division. Seeing the need for a Shariah-compliant pawn service (Qard Hasan) in Sri Lanka, Fatima presents this product gap to her team. During two years, she and her team develop a pawn service that complies with Islamic banking principles - finally offering lower-middle-class individuals the opportunity to borrow money more securely.

    Academic Area:
    Finance | Innovation
  6. Calviá Beach: Meliá Hotels International Leading the … MK1-165-I

    The case describes the story of Meliá Hotels International in Magaluf, Mallorca, as a touristic destination that had an extraordinarily fast development. It became a reference destination, due to its climate and privileged environment. It turned into a reference of quality and cost-effectiveness in Spain for decades, driven by hotel investment and tourism in the area.

    However, in the 90s the perception of the area, as a quality tourist destination, decreased and began a period of inflection. These actions led to the fall of prices and margins of hotels.

    Faced with the situation of serious deterioration of the Magaluf area and the declining results of Meliá hotels in the area, Mark Hoddinott knew that they had to make a strategic decision about the positioning of Meliá in that destination. After detailed analyzes, reflections and a wide network of consultations with collaborators, Hoddinott concluded that the best alternative for the company was investing in the area and promoting a strategic repositioning to restart Magaluf as a tourist destination.

    Academic Area:
    Marketing & Communications
  7. Inditex and the Emerging Role of Trade Unions in Glo … DE1-221-I

    This case digs into the social sustainability model followed by Inditex, its relationship with unions and the agreements it has signed. It also goes through historical facts around this relationship. The case closes with the challenges of the future, especially regarding the company's public figure which is affected by periodic attacks about the working conditions within emerging economies.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  8. Preparing myself to deal with probable conflicts in … CO1-279-I

    This case is about a recent graduate who has to make a decision about whether or not he wants to work with his father running a family business. After studying engineering, he got a job at an oil and gas company and worked his way up the ladder. But when the oil crisis hit, he was laid off and had to look for work in an industry that was no longer hiring. He finally found a new job but he was unhappy and decided to do an MBA at IE. The case first gives background information on the father and explains how he worked really hard to make his company successful. It emphasizes that the father and son have very different professional backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. It then goes into the father’s toxic behaviors by providing examples from the student’s past experiences with him. Then, it provides cases where details are given about different situations where the student and father got into disagreements and how the disagreements were handled. Each case shows a different scenario: the father exercising poor judgment and a lack of understanding while the student is composed and level-headed; the student acting poorly and the father keeping composed and level-headed; and the father and son working well together. Each case provides an analysis and things that they could have done better. After the case examples, the student explains coping methods he uses with his father and ponders how things might turn out if they work together. The student concludes by stating, “If I do join the family business, my strategy is to adjust my work style to his very heavily in the short term. I will push for a “meet in the middle” kind of style. I will periodically asses our progress and our behavior as the partnership matures. If I see that all of the modifications are coming from me, I will seek an exit.”

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour
  9. The internationalization conundrum of S&H DE1-222-I

    Joe and Alex, father and son and president and CEO of a family-owned business called Steel & Heavy (S&H) had to make a key strategic decision. They needed to set up a new manufacturing subsidiary near an efficient port and narrowed their choices down to a port in Spain or one in China. Joe was in favor of China (Shanghai) because of its size, growth and access to the Asian markets. The Shanghai port was also very large and efficient and labor costs were cheaper than in Europe. But, it was quite far from the headquarters. Alex preferred Spain because of the smaller geographical and cultural distances from the headquarters in Italy, the large metal production cluster already present there and the low cost of coordinating with Italy. Plus, the port in Gijón is the sixth largest in Spain and one of the most modern in terms of infrastructure. However, it was still small compared to the port in Shanghai and the final markets were still far from Gijón. Although Joe owned the majority of S&H’s shares, he did not want to impose a decision on his son and family. When pondering the decision, Joe decided to call T+P, S&H’s partner. T+P’s CEO knew that they would also need to create their own new subsidiary because the international venture was a joint decision. The case wraps up with Alex and Joe calling the CEO to tell him their arguments but does not reveal what the final decision was.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
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