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IKEA Group: Profitable growth through diversity

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  • April 2015
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IKEA is one of the world's most renowned and successful retailers, as well as a leader in its field of furniture and homewares. Central to this success has been the company's ability to diversify and expand, both geographically and in t...

Gluten-free foods: Riding a wave of celebrity endorsement and consumer health-consciousness

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  • April 2015
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Sales of gluten-free foods have been strong in recent years, and this strength is only partially explained by the increasing numbers of gluten tolerant consumers buying gluten-free products. This case study looks examines why consumers are avoi...

Cheap but no longer nasty: Evolution at Ryanair

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  • April 2015
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Ryanair has grown from humble origins to offer more than 1,400 short-haul flights per day, combined with often controversial customer service practices. However the announcement of the 'Always Getting Better' program in 2014 marked an a...

Fracking: A contentious issue with an uncertain future

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  • March 2015
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In the US, fracking has created an oil and gas revolution. It has created jobs and led to greater energy independence. However, the process has many strong opponents who say that the environmental risks are not worth it. This debate has led to ...

Farming in China: Boosting productivity while raising living standards

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  • March 2015
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This case study examines the Chinese government's steps to maximize agricultural productivity while improving rural living standards, in light of its recently released No.1 Central Document, which once again names agricultural reform as a t...

Under Armour, Inc.: High growth company with a bright future

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  • March 2015
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Under Armour has grown to become a $3bn business, generating significant profits in the process. However, the company does face a number of challenges. Its origins as a supplier of performance apparel continue to be seen, as the company exhibit...

Big Data: A road map for business intelligence

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  • March 2015
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Big Data has been hailed as a ground-breaking technological development that will revolutionize how businesses operate. Major corporations have therefore been quick to exploit the opportunities available. Understanding how companies have used B...

Vodafone Group Plc: Unified telecommunication strategies in the European market

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  • March 2015
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Vodafone holds the second-largest share by volume in the global wireless telecommunications market. While this strong standing has served the company well in recent years, a declining European wireless market has forced the company to reassess ...

Valve Corporation: Does flat management have a half-life?

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  • February 2015
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This case study explores Valve Corporation, an entertainment software provider. It assesses the products, the flat management structure (anarcho-syndicalism in a political economic context), the benefits and costs of such a structure, and wheth...

Amazon Web Services: Facilitating Amazon's cloud computing philosophy

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  • January 2015
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This report provides an overview of Amazon Web Services, also describing private, public and hybrid clouds. Furthermore, it reveals how cloud computing interacts with IT infrastructure in the form of service-oriented architecture. Finally, the ...

Instability in Europe: Changing situation in Europe may cause problems for business in 2015

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  • January 2015
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The EU and the Euro, which were once seen as key to its economic strength have contributed to some major problems over the last five years which have destabilized the region. Although the EU has now recovered after the recession and most countr...

Is the UK rail franchise system a model railway?

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  • January 2015
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Critics of the current UK rail franchise system lambaste the subsidies given to Train Operating Companies, and point to annual fare rises in excess of inflation, a lack of genuine competition on individual routes and overcrowded commuter trains...

Xiaomi Inc.: The world's fourth largest smartphone company the West has never heard of

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  • January 2015
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In January 2015, Chinese company Xiaomi Inc. announced it had tripled its smartphone sales to 61m handsets sold while more than doubling its revenues to $12.1bn over its 2013 results. In December 2014, the company became the world's most va...

Milking a cash cow in India: The push for premium ice cream in a developing economy

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  • December 2014
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As a non-essential luxury item, ice cream is not a product that might be expected to have a large market in a developing economy. However, as the Indian economy continues to grow, this is likely to change. Global average spend per capita in 201...

TTIP: The Euro-American trade deal which may be undemocratic

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  • December 2014
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The deal has started to cause controversy and numerous anti-TTIP organizations have sprung up to try and stop the deal going ahead. Those in favor of the deal suggest that it will remove trade boundaries between the regions benefiting both regi...