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  1. J. Rutz. Desarrollo de un modelo estratégico de mejo … DO1-156

    The case describes the experience of Javier Nertus as Operations Director and later as General Manager of Nertus, a leading company railway company. After a successful period in this company, he sits down to decide how to best "exploit" his experience looking to his professional horizon.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
  2. Iberian Lifts, S.A. DO1-155-I

    Iberian Lifts is a manufacturer of elevators, which is experiencing a serious financial crisis. The shareholders—the founder’s sons—are selling their shares for a nominal €1 to their main supplier Nomo Electronics. The new owner of the company, Alberto Nogales, has appointed Lucas Alemany as managing director of Iberian Lifts. Up until this time, Alemany has been director of operations at Nomo Electronics.

    The morning after signing the share purchase agreement, Nogales is visiting the plant. During his tour of the factory, an incident involving two workers occurs which leads to their dismissal without any warning. The manager of that section is also fired for not carrying out orders.

    In the afternoon, Nogales leaves the factory to return to Nomo Electronics’ offices, situated in another city. Alemany remains as the top executive and is unsure about what will happen the following day with the union representatives regarding the dismissal of three colleagues. He is not sure if Nogales’s actions will increase the social tension in the factory even more, or, on the contrary, if it will facilitate the management of the changes to be made.

    This case is very well suited as a first approach to the case method for students, especially given its short and concise format.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
  3. Iberian Lifts, S.A. DO1-155

    Iberian Lifts is a manufacturer of elevators, which is experiencing a serious financial crisis. The shareholders—the founder’s sons—are selling their shares for a nominal €1 to their main supplier Nomo Electronics. The new owner of the company, Alberto Nogales, has appointed Lucas Alemany as managing director of Iberian Lifts. Up until this time, Alemany has been director of operations at Nomo Electronics.

    The morning after signing the share purchase agreement, Nogales is visiting the plant. During his tour of the factory, an incident involving two workers occurs which leads to their dismissal without any warning. The manager of that section is also fired for not carrying out orders.

    In the afternoon, Nogales leaves the factory to return to Nomo Electronics’ offices, situated in another city. Alemany remains as the top executive and is unsure about what will happen the following day with the union representatives regarding the dismissal of three colleagues. He is not sure if Nogales’s actions will increase the social tension in the factory even more, or, on the contrary, if it will facilitate the management of the changes to be made.

    This case is very well suited as a first approach to the case method for students, especially given its short and concise format.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
  4. Managing capacity in the intermediate term: aggregat … DO2-003-I

    “Notes and cases of operations often seem to be based on the analysis of operating systems in an unchanging environment. The emphasis is placed on understanding and evaluating basic characteristics of company’s operations, working under reasonably stable conditions in terms of demand and markets. However, business works differently in practice. Markets demand competition and strategic change. Operating systems should be adapted to new strategic needs. Even in situations where strategic and competitive framework is reasonably stable (where the convenience or otherwise making of changes in a coherently designed and well managed operating system could be questioned), demand does not usually remain stable in the course of time.”
    This technical note related to strategy details planning and scheduling procedures to manage dynamic capacity.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
  5. Developing enhanced business analytics in healthcare … DO1-154-A-I

    This case reveals the importance of business analytics and process data to nurture organizational excellence and continuous operational improvement. The organization in focus is a paradigmatic example of a data-driven health care organization with outstanding worldwide levels of excellence. In 2005, the organization faced various challenges: it was increasingly difficult to improve donation rates (due to fewer traffic accidents and aging population) and the system exhibited large variations in observed performance (some hospitals could not replicate other’s ability to find donors). In contrast to manufacturing contexts or simpler service deliveries in the case of organ donation and transplant, the appraisal of performance is complex and subjective as (1) some factors are not controllable (e.g., patient’s age, medical background, relative’s propensity to consent) and (2) some processes are not fully observable (e.g., surgeon deciding not to accept an organ, judge not allowing a donation to take place). As a result, performance metrics are hard to define and realize in practice.
    The case can be used as part of an operations management core or courses related to business analytics, service delivery or data science.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management | Information Systems & Technologies
  6. Centros deportivos AQA. Estrategias para reducir las … DO1-151

    Something is changing in the sport center sector, and AQA in the district of Hortaleza (Madrid) is no exception. It is necessary to add the changing habits of current clients to the increased drop in members - Clients now use the center more intensively, which is generating a saturation that is affecting the level of service. The management of the center is doing everything possible to counteract the dwindling number of members by gaining new memberships.

    AQA is a chain that manages eleven sports centers in Spain, all of which are under a government concession for operations. AQA’s closest competition in the district of Hortaleza is the various sport centers owned by other national and international chains. But there is another new player on the court: low cost sports centers.

    AQA’s CEO believes that, thanks to the launch of concrete steps to increase customer loyalty, now is the time to reorient itself.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
  7. Supply and demand management at UBS DO1-150-I

    Thomas Schnadt, head of supply management for Swiss bank UBS, is challenged with the goal of achieving significant cost cuts and with savings targets for non-personnel related and 3rd party costs of one billion Swiss Francs in the following two years. In order to accomplish this goal, Schnadt must restructure cost planning in order to not only deliver short term savings, but also savings that would carry on into the future. In this case, students will investigate solutions that allow for continued cost reduction.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
  8. The Logistics of the Roman Grain Trade: Details and … AH1-002-I

    Goes over the logistics of the Roman grain trade in a language that is accessible to the non-specialist. It explains how grain was transported across the Roman Empire and covers the challenges of doing this. It also explains who the key people were who played a role in the grain trade and how it was financed. It is intended to uncover many of the managerial difficulties implied in such a task back then and what it means for management nowadays.

    Academic Area:
    Organisational Behaviour | Economic Environment | Operations & Supply Chain Management | Others
  9. AEDAS AR1-006-I-M

    This interactive multimedia case describes Aedas a leading architectural firm which has developed a strong research culture. This has led to the creation of specialist groups within the firm for the main R&D fields at stake.

    The case touches different aspects such as innovation ROI knowledge management business-IT alignment inside a professional services firm and includes several rich graphic elements such as videos of the company’s protagonists and a decision tool where students have to think about the new setup of a research project at AEDAS.

    Academic Area:
    Operations & Supply Chain Management
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