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Inglot Cosmetics: How a small firm with vision successfully challenged established business rules

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  • October 2014
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Inglot Cosmetics (Inglot), a Polish cosmetics company founded in 1983, has evolved from a company known for selling cheap, powdery eye shadow trios in Polish supermarkets to one of the most internationally recognizable Polish consumer brands. I...

PepsiCo: Does Trian have a case for a spinoff?

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  • October 2014
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This case study explores why activist Investor Nelson Peltz is advocating that PepsiCo should separate its drinks and snacks divisions. It assesses the case for and against division, and considers whether such an event will ever come to realiza...

Ethical supply chain management: How retailers can ensure products are ethically sourced

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  • November 2014
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This Case Study examines the economic forces which lead to the outsourcing of manufacturing to low-income countries, and the impact on working people in those countries. It also examines the ways in which retailers can manage their supply chain...

Beats by Dre: What does Apple stand to gain?

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  • November 2014
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On May 28, 2014, Apple Inc (Apple) announced that it was acquiring Beats Music and Beats Electronics (collectively 'Beats') for a total of $3bn, its most valuable acquisition to date. This case study assesses the Beats business, as well...

The open source and graph database revolutions: How software companies use knowledge as a strategic asset

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  • November 2014
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This case study examines two concurrent trends. Firstly, how software companies have used open and closed innovation strategies to manage their knowledge portfolios and secondly, the increasing popularity of graph database systems as used by Go...

Uber Technologies Inc.: Calling a cab for the Taxi Industry?

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  • November 2014
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This case study examines the rise of taxi apps, in particular that of Californian company Uber Technologies Inc. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the new service, and scenarios which present both opportunities and threats.

Food Scarcity:An inefficient food system may not provide for ten billion people

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  • November 2014
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According to the World Bank the world needs to produce at least 50% more food by 2050, in order to feed a global population which will be boosted to 9 billion people. But climate change could cut crop yields by more than 25%. Unless we change h...

Dietary supplements: Growth and M&A

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  • November 2014
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Pharmaceuticals and consumer goods companies have been acquiring dietary supplements companies, or companies with strong dietary supplements products, in recent years. This is part of a larger trend and growing awareness of healthfulness among ...

4G in Brazil: Too much too soon?

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  • December 2014
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The Brazilian mobile telecom market has long been thought of as a major growth opportunity, and the market is dominated by multinational telcos looking to leverage its potential. However, the outcome of a September 2014 spectrum auction, the se...

Smart Packaging: Can it really revolutionize the consumer packaged goods industry?

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  • December 2014
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Smart packaging does more than simply contain and protect a product; it offers benefits beyond that, such as quality assurance and product information. The former is typically provided by so-called 'active packaging', while the latter i...

WWE Inc: Will the WWE Network be a title pinfall or force the company to tap out?

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  • December 2014
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This case study explores why World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) has decided to back a transition to an online subscription service, examining wider media industry trends. It explores the potential benefits and hazards of the strategy.

Online grocery sales: Successful revival of a failed strategy

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  • December 2014
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Despite the spectacular failure of Webvan, the US based pioneer of e-groceries, in 2001, entering the online market seems inevitable for grocers who do not want to lose the race for market leadership in the omnichannel world. Innovative, more c...

Supermarket Price Wars: A response to the rise of discount retailers

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  • December 2014
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Grocery retail in the UK is dominated by four competitors. Recently there has been a surge of popularity in discount retailers, Aldi and Lidl, who are being seen as a threat to the 'big four' supermarkets. The big four are attempting to...

Unemployment in Europe: Influence of automation on labor market

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  • December 2014
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The number of unemployed people in the European Union (EU) reached 22.7 million in 2014. Some of the unemployed lost their jobs due to economic crisis, some due to a lack of qualification. It is possible that increases in productivity brought a...

Chipotle vs. McDonald's - Chipotle puts the "fast" in fast-casual, McDonald's flounders

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  • December 2014
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A November 2014 press releases revealed an erosion of McDonald's' results across most of its divisions, a stark contrast with one of its former companies, Chipotle. Chipotle has outperformed not only McDonald's in recent years, but ...

Budweiser: America's global beer superbrand

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  • December 2014
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The global beer industry is evolving with the colossal beer brewing company AB InBev leading the way. One of its keys to success has been the performance of iconic superbrand Budweiser. This case study looks at how Budweiser has taken a patriot...

Colgate-Palmolive: Leader in oral hygiene

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  • December 2014
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Colgate-Palmolive is one of the largest consumer products companies with presence in more than 200 countries. The company produces, sells and distributes oral, personal, home care and pet nutrition products and is headquartered in New York, USA...

Health & Well-Being: Superfoods see super sales

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  • December 2014
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A growing trend among many consumers toward health-consciousness has propelled sales of superfoods and some associated perceived healthy products, such as gluten- and wheat-free foods and products such as Vitamixes. Food and beverage companies ...

Disposable media: How online content delivery is changing the world

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  • December 2014
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Online content distribution platforms (encompassing app stores, video hosting websites, peer-to-peer networks and more) have become ubiquitous in recent years. They have upended established industries and are changing both the way content is de...

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...

UK manufacturing - dependency on consumer credit: The next financial crisis?

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  • December 2014
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The manufacturing sector is diverse, comprising a wide-ranging number of different industries, technologies and activities. The sector suffered another major blow in 2008 but it managed to recover to its pre-crisis level in 2013. The access of ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Agriculture and Big Data: Will Big Data technologies be the next big leap for industrialized agriculture

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  • April 2015
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Some of the very biggest agriculture firms have been offering services based on Big Data technologies in recent years. The principle process is to use Big Data collection to make farming more efficient and ultimately making each field yield mor...

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...

Sports Nutrition: Pumping Iron

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  • May 2015
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This case study assesses the rise of sports nutrition, a market that is growing in many of the stagnant developed economies. It looks at the factors behind the growth, evaluates the market's potential and what could happen in the future.

Chinese acquisitions of US companies: A controversial practice

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  • May 2015
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The 2013 acquisition of pork-producer Smithfield Foods by Shuanghui International (now WH Group) is the largest Chinese acquisition of a US company to date. This case study explores previous Chinese acquisitions and their controversies. The cas...

Smart Cities: Cisco's quest for dominance of tomorrow's cities

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  • June 2015
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The term 'smart city' has become something of a buzz phrase recently, particularly in the technology industry, but what exactly are smart cities? How can they be defined? Can they even be defined at all? One company that is keen to bols...

Intel Corporation: Resilience in the face of error and learning from strategic mistakes

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  • June 2015
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2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Moore's Law, a famous and remarkably accurate prediction made by the co-founder of Intel about the pace of technological change. The prediction has driven research strategy and commercial success at Intel...

Changing consumer behavior in the UK: The rise of the smart consumer

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  • June 2015
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Consumer behavior in the UK has altered significantly. Consumers have become increasingly confident, shrewd, and more difficult to please, as evidenced by rising complaints and lower customer satisfaction levels. What's more, the concept th...

Jaguar Land Rover: Adapting the original SUV & turning middle class Britishness into a business asset

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  • June 2015
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Jaguar Land Rover has now reached five consecutive years of growth and the company now produces its own engines, has plants in Brazil and China and has brought the Jaguar range right up to date. However there are problems on the horizon, not le...

The Gap, Inc.: Strategies for a turnaround

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  • June 2015
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Gap has long been seen as the go-to for young adults seeking affordable fashion. However, in recent years the company has struggled in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This case study analyzes Gap's recent financial results, compare...

Autonomous vehicles: The coming insurrection

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  • July 2015
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The technology required to produce an autonomous vehicle already exists in specific circumstances. The challenge is to make self-driving cars viable in all locations, conditions and situations. Whilst the solutions to these challenges feel temp...

Microsoft Corporation: Change in direction under Satya Nadella?

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  • July 2015
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On February 4, 2014, Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its third CEO following the resignation of predecessor Steve Ballmer. This case study examines the changes and decisions made by the company under Nadella's rule and assesses the ext...

Top ten global banks: An analysis of financial performance, growth opportunities and risks

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  • July 2015
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This report examines the strategies being adopted by, the opportunities for, and the risks facing, the ten largest banks in the world. It provides a detailed analysis of the top five's financial performance. It outlines key industry trends ...

Video-game DLC: Maximizing monetization of popular titles

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  • July 2015
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The advent of digital consumption and connected gaming has led to the rise of DLC in the video-games industry. As this becomes an ever-increasingly important strategic consideration for developers and publishers, this report analyzes the trend ...

Apple Pay vs. CurrentC: The battle for the US mobile wallet

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  • July 2015
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In September 2014, Apple announced the Apple Pay mobile payment service, which would allow consumers to pay for goods wirelessly in shops using their new iPhones. This represented a further movement of the technology into the mainstream. Howeve...

The Big 6 UK Food Retailers: How supermarkets are responding to the discounter threat

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  • July 2015
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As Aldi leapfrogs Waitrose to become the sixth largest food retailer in the UK, this case study assesses the shift in consumer trends and industry disruptors that has led to a much more competitive food retailing environment. It examines the co...

Hero MotoCorp: Promising rise of future transnational manufacturer

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  • August 2015
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Hero MotoCorp is one of the world's largest motorcycle manufacturers. It is setting itself up to expand globally and develop in-house technologies following the dissolution of its partnership agreement with Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Interestingl...