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  1. The unpredictable journey of entrepreneurial discove … GE1-147-I-M

    This Multimedia Case will drive the student through an immersive musical journey along a premium quality hand –made Spanish guitar.  The student will have the opportunity to follow the story of Manuel Rodriguez, a daring entrepreneur. They will be able to follow the companies and generation´s world trip and understand the reasoning behind his actions.

    Using Manuel Rodríguez´s case, students will have the opportunity to put themselves in the position of a serial entrepreneur, constructing their own journey alongside Manuel Rodríguez Guitars. Their decisions and experiences along the multimedia case will get stored digitally, in order to have an open discussion in class.

    Decision-making, drag and drop, and other interactive activities make up the learner journey; these activities are based on tangible entrepreneurial frameworks and business models.

    Academic Area:
    Entrepreneurship
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. THE TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY OF BI / BIG DATA IN TELEF … (A) SI1-161-A-I

    Big data is currently very trendy. All companies are working in one way or another with this technology. Nevertheless, beyond the hype, how does a great consolidated company, a market leader, revolutionize data and artificial intelligence? How do you extract the maximum potential of data to achieve a real impact on your clients and the business?

    In a context of containment within the sector and decreasing revenues, Telefónica España, a telecommunications incumbent and leader in its market, decides to consolidate its leadership by opting to transform its business.

    In this case study, Telefónica España faces the challenge of designing and building a model with structural and transversal data serving the whole company. As it does so it must attend to its daily business needs, assess the technological possibilities of big data and manage an important cultural change.

    Part 1 sketches the profound changes in Spain’s telecommunications sector in the last several years en route to a position of international prominence. It then details the 2012 launch of Movistar Fusión and how Telefónica embraced big data, consolidated into one data warehouse, wrought internal cultural change and maintained strong operational performance all at once. 

    Academic Area:
    Information Systems & Technologies
  5. THE TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY OF BI / BIG DATA IN TELEF … (B) SI1-161-B-I

    Big data is currently very trendy. All companies are working in one way or another with this technology. Nevertheless, beyond the hype, how does a great consolidated company, a market leader, revolutionize data and artificial intelligence? How do you extract the maximum potential of data to achieve a real impact on your clients and the business?

    In a context of containment within the sector and decreasing revenues, Telefónica España, a telecommunications incumbent and leader in its market, decides to consolidate its leadership by opting to transform its business.

    In this case study, Telefónica España faces the challenge of designing and building a model with structural and transversal data serving the whole company. As it does so it must attend to its daily business needs, assess the technological possibilities of big data and manage an important cultural change.

    Part 2 treats 2014-2015 including Telefónica’s purchase of Canal +, Spain’s leading pay-TV channel, thereby reinforcing Telefónica’s Fusión triple-play offer (landline + cell phone + pay-TV).

    Academic Area:
    Information Systems & Technologies
  6. THE TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY OF BI / BIG DATA IN TELEF … (D) SI1-161-D-I

    Big data is currently very trendy. All companies are working in one way or another with this technology. Nevertheless, beyond the hype, how does a great consolidated company, a market leader, revolutionize data and artificial intelligence? How do you extract the maximum potential of data to achieve a real impact on your clients and the business?

    In a context of containment within the sector and decreasing revenues, Telefónica España, a telecommunications incumbent and leader in its market, decides to consolidate its leadership by opting to transform its business.

    In this case study, Telefónica España faces the challenge of designing and building a model with structural and transversal data serving the whole company. As it does so it must attend to its daily business needs, assess the technological possibilities of big data and manage an important cultural change.

    Part 4 invites the students to apply lessons learned from Telefónica to their own companies.

    Academic Area:
    Information Systems & Technologies
  7. THE TRANSFORMATIVE JOURNEY OF BI / BIG DATA IN TELEF … (C) SI1-161-C-I

    Big data is currently very trendy. All companies are working in one way or another with this technology. Nevertheless, beyond the hype, how does a great consolidated company, a market leader, revolutionize data and artificial intelligence? How do you extract the maximum potential of data to achieve a real impact on your clients and the business?

    In a context of containment within the sector and decreasing revenues, Telefónica España, a telecommunications incumbent and leader in its market, decides to consolidate its leadership by opting to transform its business.

    In this case study, Telefónica España faces the challenge of designing and building a model with structural and transversal data serving the whole company. As it does so it must attend to its daily business needs, assess the technological possibilities of big data and manage an important cultural change.Part 3, covering

    2011-2018, shows how Telefónica transformed itself from a reactive (“what happened why?”) into a predictive (“what would happen if…?”) company with a wow-effect commercial offer (for example, the recommendations feature of TV content).

    Academic Area:
    Information Systems & Technologies
  8. Halo Top Ice Cream & Behavioral Economics AH1-003-I

    How do you go about making difficult decisions and what are the key psychological shortcuts and biases that may impair your rationality? This case uses the real-life example of the successful launch of Halo Top’s ice cream brand in the United States as the basis to construct a psychological review of the decision-making process of the company founder, advisers and consumers, helping to identify and illustrate some of the most common principles, heuristics and biases of Behavioral Economics. To do so, the case puts students in young entrepreneur Justin Woolverton’s shoes when he has to decide whether to launch the brand or keep his job as a lawyer, and then goes beyond to review the marketing process and consumer insights that are normally present in product introductions and promotions.

    Should Justin quit his highly lucrative day job as a lawyer and pursue his ice-cream making dreams? And, if he were to decide to launch his brand, what are the psychological biases and mind-traps that he would have to avoid (when making his decisions) or factor in (when considering those of his potential consumers)?

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Economic Environment | Others
  9. Sushita: Making Sushi Mainstream DE1-228-I

    Eating raw fish was not very common in Madrid in 1999, other than a few Japanese restaurants that existed. These restaurants were either targeting Japanese tourists in Madrid or well-traveled, high-income individuals who had discovered sushi abroad. Sushita’s founders belonged to the second group.  Young and cosmopolitan, both Sandra Segimon and Natasha Apolinario were quickly attracted to sushi on their trips to London and New York. 

    They started their business by developing sushi trays. After years of growing a successful sushi takeaway business, one of their most important clients was lost in an expansion strategy disagreement. The client was forcing Sushita to open a large number of sushi corners at their own expense. This client represented 35% of their sales so losing them as a client could be a huge blow to their projected revenues for that year and years to come.

    Following this major setback, Sandra and Natasha decided to never again be overly dependent on a single client. So what should they do? They knew that they needed to continue growing the Sushita brand but how? They were already present in the most important supermarket chains in Spain, and they had recently started selling frozen takeaways to major Spanish national hotel chains.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Innovation
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