AM Asesores CG1-148
This case goes into details of the profitability of the clients of AM Asesores. To resolve a never-ending argument between two departments, they decide to bring in an external third party who offers to alternatives to account and manage profitability in the company. The student will have to analyze the two options and argue for the one they consider best.Academic Area:Cost Accounting & Management Control
La Expansión de Palladium Hotel Group DE1-224-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
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 | Law
CALVIÁ BEACH MK1-165-M
This multimedia case will be provided to the students after having read a written case, so they will already have a knowledge about the subject, the situation and the position of Meliá in Magaluf.
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.
The purpose of this material, is that once the student is aware of the repositioning plan that Meliá decides to make in Magaluf, have all the tools to organize the implementation of this plan, in order to relaunch this tourism destination.Academic Area:Marketing & Communications
Creación y Desarrollo de la Marca Aquarius MK1-160-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 & Communications
Porsche: Beyond the Limits of Luxury? DE1-204-I-M
Porsche: Beyond the Limits of Luxury? is a highly visual and interactive multimedia that highlights the strategic challenges Porsche faced while growing the company’s business in two very distinct areas: the high-end and the lower-end of the automobile industry, with the launch of their the Spyder, an extreme sports car priced at over €750,000, and the launch of the Macan, the most affordable model to date, starting at just €48,000. Students will have an intimate look into Porsche and the situation they found themselves in in late 2013 with data from both public sources as well as Porsche and exclusive interviews with the automobile giant’s Head of Press & Public Relations of Porsche Ibérica.
The case is separated into 6 sections. In the first, Porsche’s Stance, learners are given context as to the situation the company finds itself in, including TV adverts, statistics and interviews. In the second section particpants will discover a short history of the brand. In the third and fourth sections, The Automobile Industry and The Luxury Automobile Industry, respectively, insight is given into the market Porsche finds itself in, heavily influencing their strategic decisions. In the case’s fifth section, Porsche Strategy 2018, the company’s growth strategy is broken down for analysis, with another interview supporting this information. Finally, in the last section, Growth Opportunity or Risky Move, particpants can see the final takeways from the professor and author of the case.
Throughout each section of the case learners will have quizzes testing their understanding of the themes and at the end have the option to view and print their responses via PDF.Academic Area:Strategy
General Hospital Coronary Unit DO1-157-I
This case begins by telling about what happened to a woman named Carmen when she thought she may have been having a heart attack so she called 911. After answering a number of questions, the operator transferred her call to a doctor. She had to explain her situation again and answer even more questions. Then the ambulance came, where she answered the same questions again. Next, she went to the emergency room where a different doctor asked her the same questions, some tests were done and then told her she needed an X-ray. Unfortunately, after waiting two more hours, she was told that she the tests needed to be redone because the doctor hadn’t signed the authorization for the first ones. She finally got the results and although everything was normal, she still had to be admitted for further tests. Due to a shortage of beds, she had to be moved to another hospital (General Hospital). But she still did not get a bedroom and had to go through the process of answering the same questions for a doctor and nurse again…
Lopez Vega, a cardiac surgeon at General Hospital, and his colleagues agreed that the way patients were handled needed to be changed. In order to make improvements, they did a failure mode effect analysis in order to expose recurring errors and inefficiencies. At the end of the case, readers are asked to analyze the hospital service chain problems they saw in Carmen’s story and the process flow diagrams with the associated failure models. Then they are asked how they would apply the recommendations to eliminate or reduce the root causes of process failure.Academic Area:Operations & Supply Chain Management
Airbnb: Disrupting the hotel industry? DE1-217-I
The case describes the creation and growth process of a company of the so called shared economy with a platform business model, which was potentially disruptive for the hotel industry. Using the setting of the Airbnb entry in Spain and the response of the hotel industry, the case looks in detail at the nature of the business model of a sharing economy firm and the challenges its advancement posed for the industry.
The case provides insights into some of the different parts of Airbnb's business model: how it creates and captures value, how a company with fewer resources is able to compete and overcome its rivals and threaten a powerful industry, when the success of its business is based on the trust of its users because the company does not guarantee safety.
This case helps us to understand the challenges that the growth of Airbnb poses for the hotel industry and reflect on the factors that made this business model so successful.Academic Area:Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Marketing & Communications | Innovation
Eva Brollo: Entre luces y sombras CO1-268
Eva Brollo, a successful young professional, gets promoted to lead a team of people for the first time. Following the recipe for success that has worked for her so far, she jumps into the role trying to achieve as much as possible herself and setting strict expectations for her team members. However, her direct style rubs off other company leaders the wrong way and the team relationships begin to suffer. Eva’s boss, Alex Korbel, tried to remedy the situation by having a series of conversations with her and doing a 360-degree feedback exercise, but the situation may already be beyond repair. She is a talent and a valuable asset to the company, so it is not an easy decision, and Alex guesses that he might have also contributed to the problem. This is a typical story of a talented but inexperienced young manager, which can be used to teach a variety of topics related to career management, transitions, onboarding, talent development, self-awareness and career derailment.Academic Area:Organisational Behaviour