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  1. Mobike Unicorn GE1-141-I

    The case describes some strategic, marketing and organizational challenges faced by Mobike during the path of further expansion and growth. China, as an emerging and fast-expanding market, has its unique features. Mobike, as a successful Chinese startup, was able to survive a number of rounds of fundraising and stood at a crossroad, leading to different future growth paths.

    The company has its doubts about the future. The point is not how to grow fast, but how to grow and stay in the market longer. The founder Hu Weiwei and CEO Davis Wang were concerned about the strategy for the future. The question was: should Mobike enter the deeper level of second- and third-tier cities in China, or should it pursue its global market penetration? 

    The case illustrates the challenges presented by business expansion. It highlights the importance of strategic tools, namely business model canvas, scenario planning and market analysis, to reevaluate current business operations, clarify future possibilities and mitigate business risks.

    The case could be used in business schools at a variety of levels, including undergraduate, MBA and Executive. It could also be used in marketing, strategy and international cultural management courses. It is particularly useful for participants who want to explore strategy domain or build market knowledge on Chinese markets and the growth path on Chinese startups.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Innovation
  2. 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
  3. Inditex y el rol emergente de los sindicatos en la g … DE1-221

    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
  4. 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
  5. Arrogant Brewing: Strategy in the Craft Beer Market DE1-220-I-M

    Arrogant Brewing: Strategy in the Craft Beer Market puts students in the shoes of founding partner of a San Diego-based craft brewery as they make their entrance into the craft beer market. Using a modern multimedia layout including interactive activities and a realistic storyline acted out on screen, learners will have to make crucial strategic decisions that will have a direct effect on the company’s success and will receive immediate feedback on the decisions they’ve made.

    This case is separated into 3 parts, each one consisting of Watch, Learn, Do, and Decide sub-sections. The multimedia’s format makes for a clear and engaging learning experience. Arrogant Brewing, an up-and-coming craft brewery, wants to break into the craft beer market, but must tackle a number of obstacles along the way. Each part begins with a video centered around the student, making him/her the protagonist. Students must listen to the current situation the company finds itself in. After watching the video, students will learn the academic theories relevant to the situation, practice their understanding with interactivie activities (drag and drop exercises, matching, etc.), and finally, make a decisión about the company’s next move. With each decision made, feedback is given in video format.

    A practical, modern, and visually stunning case, Arrogant Brewing has already proved to be an effective and popular resource used in classes at IE.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  6. 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
  7. Crowd2Fund in the Crowdfunding market of the UK DE1-218-I-M

    This interactive case study analyses the crowdfunding market situation in the UK, and the current strategy of the company Crowd2Fund within this market. 

    The learner will have the possibility to analyze this high growth industry through the lens of the recently founded crowdfunding platform Crowd2Fund. In the interactive case, Crowd2Fund's CEO explains his views on the market as well as his views on the company's current strategy, where he analyzes the sector and its future and shows how his company was able to arrive at where it's currently at.

    It is an opportunity for learners to strategically analyze the company, its future, how to approach it through the lens of whether this is a Winner-Take-All market or not, and how its competitive advantages can be leveraged in the medium term to ensure its sustainability.

    In general terms, the case can be used to address platforms, their network externalities and sustainability of competitive advantages.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy
  8. An app you can't refuse SI1-153-I-M

    This multimedia case describes the situation of BigBangBox, a startup that creates edutainment apps. It shows the strategy followed by them in the launch of previous products. It also offers the necessary information about the markets of apps, to understand the importance of selecting the right strategy, with the business model and the promotion as keys to success.

    After analyzing the new app, Mafia Business School, the student can decide the strategy for its launch. The student will have the opportunity of selecting an adequate business model and levels of promotion through the use of a simulator.

    The case includes the participation of the founders, who tell the story of BigBangBox as a startup and confront the students with the dilemma of the launch of Mafia Business School. It is narrated through a comic, also known as graphic story. It has a modern and functional design, including resources provided by the company to make the case more entertaining and fun.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Information Systems & Technologies
  9. Una App que no podrás rechazar SI1-153-M

    This multimedia case describes the situation of BigBangBox, a startup that creates edutainment apps. It shows the strategy followed by them in the launch of previous products. It also offers the necessary information about the markets of apps, to understand the importance of selecting the right strategy, with the business model and the promotion as keys to success.

    After analyzing the new app, Mafia Business School, the student can decide the strategy for its launch. The student will have the opportunity of selecting an adequate business model and levels of promotion through the use of a simulator.

    The case includes the participation of the founders, who tell the story of BigBangBox as a startup and confront the students with the dilemma of the launch of Mafia Business School. It is narrated through a comic, also known as graphic story. It has a modern and functional design, including resources provided by the company to make the case more entertaining and fun.

    Academic Area:
    Strategy | Entrepreneurship | Information Systems & Technologies
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