Mathlouthi had been for a long time very unsatisfied by the American policy in the Middle East. This disappointment soon turned into a boycott on products perceived by consumers as a symbol of American hegemony. With the possibility of war in Iraq, the boycott intensified and became a global phenomenon during the year 2002. The affected companies were, for example, Burger King, McDonald's, Starbucks, Pepsi and Coke.
Trying to involve his family in this campaign, Mathlouthi encouraged his son, consumer of Coca-Cola, to stop drinking it: "Agree-said the child, but you have to offer me another alternative drink". Solving this puzzle became a personal challenge to Mathlouthi and began to look for a solution.
Donostia-San Sebastían: A City in Search of Talent … 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:
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.