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Case Studies by Anne Yang

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published: 31 May 2019

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
ByteDance, the Chinese company behind TikTok, the viral short video app, made headline news when its valuation jumped to $75 billion, surpassing Uber ($72 billion) to become the world’s most valuable start-up. ByteDance leveraged capabilities in consumer-focused artificial intelligence (AI) to become one of the first Chinese Big Tech digital platforms to succeed outside China, notably in the US and India. The case focuses on the strategic value of predictive AI on the supply and demand sides of digital content, illustrating how AI-based tools enable the production of viral content and customized delivery and consumption. It compares the Chinese and US approach to AI, drawing a distinction between their implementation and innovative capabilities. Other issues include the internationalization of digital platforms, notably the management of inappropriate and illegal content in the respective institutional settings, and China’s unique approach to content filtering that combines AI with human censors. Competition with China’s other Big Tech companies - Tencent and Baidu - is also discussed. The case can also be used as a general introduction to artificial intelligence, including a brief history of AI (Section 2), categorization of AI applications (Section 3), and a comparison of AI in China and the US (Section 4).

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case teaches important lessons about artificial Intelligence, digital entrepreneurship, digital strategy, managing user-generated content, the globalization of big tech companies, and emerging markets.

Keywords:
Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Digital Entrepreneurship, Digital Strategy, Machine Learning, Emerging Markets, User-Generated Content, Platforms, Video, Mobile Apps, China, India, United States, Big Tech

published: 23 Jan 2019

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Region: Asia

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The case focuses on blockchain (and distributed ledger technology or DLT) – a ‘hot’ area of fintech – and on R3 as a fintech consortium that includes some of the world’s largest banks, financial institutions and regulators. R3 started out as a family office in 2014 and evolved into a fintech company focused on the application of distributed ledger technology (DLT). Within three short years it had built a global consortium of 80 members from the financial services industry, including Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and UBS. The consortium’s efforts resulted in an open-source DLT called Corda, geared towards handling increasingly complex transactions and regulatory oversight. Although Corda was inspired by blockchain, R3 did not view it as a blockchain product. In May 2017, R3’s Series A raised US$107 million in funding to continue the development and implementation of Corda and expand its Lab & Research Center. Barely a year later, speculation arose that R3 was exploring an IPO.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The term “fintech”, coined to describe the use of new technology in the financial services sector, initially applied to the back-end of established consumer and trade financial institutions, has been expanded to any technological innovations in the finance sector, be they related to financial literacy, retail banking or crypto-currencies. The case focuses on blockchain (and DLT) – a ‘hot’ area of fintech – and on R3 as a DLT fintech consortium that included over 80 of the world’s largest banks, financial institutions, and regulators. Blockchain is broadly discussed as a technology with huge innovation potential in all areas of financial services – for fraud detection, pricing, and reducing administrative costs – which could be harnessed by financial institutions facing the prospect of limited growth in mature markets and pressure to reduce costs. However, since its implementation depended on network effects, regulatory conditions, and high costs – the benefits and limitations of the technology were not fully understood or immediately realizable. Most blockchain/DLT platforms had not been designed to meet the needs of the finance and banking industries – hence R3 moved to fill the gap and resolve the inconsistency.

Keywords:
Fintech, Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology, Banking, Trade Finance, Data Security, Dlt, Financial Regulations, Corda, Emerging Markets, Digital Strategy, Consumer Banking, Bitcoin

published: 29 Oct 2018

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When Alibaba, China’s leading digital platform and cloud-based services company, fails to acquire the US firm Moneygram, CEO Jack Ma decides to go it alone and develop a digital strategy using blockchain technology as the basis for a global remittance service, GCash, within its cloud services business. Alibaba’s financial services affiliate Ant Financial, begins by targeting cross-border money transfers made by domestic workers in Hong Kong who routinely send money to their families in the Philippines. It subsequently forms a strategic alliance with Globe Telecom and Standard Chartered Bank which provide market access and financial intermediation. The case focuses on the value proposition of blockchain in cross-border financial services, particularly in Southeast Asia, and how it fits into Alibaba's "iron triangle" cloud services strategy in the region where there is fierce competition from Google and Digital Ocean. Blockchain technology is utilized to disintermediate the US-based SWIFT system and the dominant remittance service providers, Moneygram and Western Union, that charge high fees. As an illustration of how to launch proprietary cypto- and blockchain-based networks, the case explains how they differ from digital platforms, and how they are complementary, such as network effects and synergies with Alibaba’s installed customer base.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case study incorporates important lessons in digital entrepreneurship, digital strategy, blockchain, cloud and web services, fintech, network effects, and diversification across technology platforms.

Keywords:
Digital Entrepreneurship, Blockchain, Cloud, Cloud Service, Fintech, Remittances, Network Effects, Crypto, Alibaba, Web Services, Fintech, Southeast Asia, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Digital Strategy, Digital Platform, Platforms

published: 31 Aug 2018

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Grab, Uber and Go-Jek compete in ride-hailing and related logistics and transport services (e.g., food delivery, courier service) across Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The case focuses on differences in company history and strategy, and how they shape the competition and ultimately performance differentials. The goal is to illustrate the dynamics of platform-based competition across a region. Issues covered include network effects, achieving scale, one-country focus versus expansion in an interconnected region, technological standardization versus localization, mutual forbearance and real options across product features and market geographies, and how equity ownership and control drive consolidation in platform ecosystems.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case offers lessons in digital entrepreneurship, platform competition, network effects, internationalization strategy, technology standards, mutual forbearance, real options, market consolidation, and equity ownership and control.

Keywords:
Digital Entrepreneurship, Platforms, Competition, Network Effects, Mutual Forebearance, Real Options, Ride-Sharing, Ride-Hailing, Two-Sided Market, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Uber, Grab, Go-Jek

published: 28 May 2018

  • Topic: Family Business
  • Region: North America

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This is not your typical family business case and that is what makes it such a rich teaching tool and learning experience. The Paul Newman story covers several family business topics and issues including Fair Process, philanthropy, social ventures, estate and succession planning, governance, next generation roles, entrepreneurship, family communication and relationships, and non-family executives. The sense of fairness is achieved with effective family communication and governance that builds trust to support long-term family commitment. The Newman case demonstrates the difficulty of making ownership, governance and leadership decisions that are effective and perceived as fair by the next generation.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Fair Process is at the core of INSEAD’s work with business families. The sense of fairness is achieved with effective family and business communication and governance that builds trust and supports long-term family commitment. The Newman case deals with the difficulty of making leadership and ownership decisions that are perceived as fair by a business family.

Keywords:
Fair Process, Social Ventures, Planning, Next Generation Leadership, Communication, Non-Family Executives, Estate Planning, Difficult Conversations, Entrepreneurship, Next Generation Commitment, Family Relationships, Next Generation Careers

published: 23 Apr 2018

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Digital Platform, Mobile Application, Logistics, Ride-Sharing, Food Delivery
  • Region: Asia
  • Website: https://cases.insead.edu/go-jek

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Go-Jek, a ride-sharing, food-delivery and logistics company, was the first ‘unicorn’ startup (private company valued over $1 billion) to be founded in Indonesia. Case (A) focuses on the launch of Go-Jek as a mobile ride-sharing and food delivery platform, the network effects, and the digital disruption of existing taxi drivers. Case (B) describes the competition with digital entrants Uber and Grab and with incumbent taxi companies, and its use of funds from Sequoia, Rakuten, KKR, Temasek, Tencent, and Google to compete. Case (C) explores Go-Jek’s product experimentation in financial services with the Go-Pay wallet, potential international expansion and the ultimate goal to achieve 'super app' status (like Alipay and Wechat in China) in Southeast Asia.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case series offers lessons in digital entrepreneurship, launching platforms, network effects, platform competition, product experimentation, internationalization by start-ups, and diversification to become a 'super app'.

Keywords:
Digital Entrepreneurship, Platforms, Network Effects, Experimentation, Ride-Sharing, Transportation and Logistics, Lean Startup, Two-Sided Market, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

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published: 23 Apr 2018

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Digital Platform, Mobile Application, Logistics, Ride-Sharing, Food Delivery
  • Region: Asia
  • Website: https://cases.insead.edu/go-jek

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Abstract:
Go-Jek, a ride-sharing, food-delivery and logistics company, was the first ‘unicorn’ startup (private company valued over $1 billion) to be founded in Indonesia. Case (A) focuses on the launch of Go-Jek as a mobile ride-sharing and food delivery platform, the network effects, and the digital disruption of existing taxi drivers. Case (B) describes the competition with digital entrants Uber and Grab and with incumbent taxi companies, and its use of funds from Sequoia, Rakuten, KKR, Temasek, Tencent, and Google to compete. Case (C) explores Go-Jek’s product experimentation in financial services with the Go-Pay wallet, potential international expansion and the ultimate goal to achieve 'super app' status (like Alipay and Wechat in China) in Southeast Asia.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case series offers lessons in digital entrepreneurship, launching platforms, network effects, platform competition, product experimentation, internationalization by start-ups, and diversification to become a 'super app'.

Keywords:
Digital Entrepreneurship, Platforms, Network Effects, Experimentation, Ride-Sharing, Transportation and Logistics, Lean Startup, Two-Sided Market, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

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published: 23 Apr 2018

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Digital Platform, Mobile Application, Logistics, Ride-Sharing, Food Delivery
  • Region: Asia
  • Website: https://cases.insead.edu/go-jek

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Abstract:
Go-Jek, a ride-sharing, food-delivery and logistics company, was the first ‘unicorn’ startup (private company valued over $1 billion) to be founded in Indonesia. Case (A) focuses on the launch of Go-Jek as a mobile ride-sharing and food delivery platform, the network effects, and the digital disruption of existing taxi drivers. Case (B) describes the competition with digital entrants Uber and Grab and with incumbent taxi companies, and its use of funds from Sequoia, Rakuten, KKR, Temasek, Tencent, and Google to compete. Case (C) explores Go-Jek’s product experimentation in financial services with the Go-Pay wallet, potential international expansion and the ultimate goal to achieve 'super app' status (like Alipay and Wechat in China) in Southeast Asia.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case series offers lessons in digital entrepreneurship, launching platforms, network effects, platform competition, product experimentation, internationalization by start-ups, and diversification to become a 'super app'.

Keywords:
Digital Entrepreneurship, Platforms, Network Effects, Experimentation, Ride-Sharing, Transportation and Logistics, Lean Startup, Two-Sided Market, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

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published: 27 Feb 2017

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Industry: Education, paper, research
  • Region: Global

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The case focuses on the main issues faced by two US-listed Chinese companies – Orient Paper (NYSE MKT: ONP) and New Oriental Education and Technology Group (NYSE: EDU) – when they were attacked by Muddy Waters, LLC. Interestingly, the seemingly similar responses of the two “Orientals” resulted in widely disparate outcomes, offering lessons to emerging market firms eager to embrace the global capital markets. The case aims to help students understand the mechanism of short selling in the context of “bear” attacks, and expose the problems that attract short sellers’ attention, as well as the actions companies can take to deal with them. It also explains the normative role that short selling plays in the market: to discipline corporate behaviour and improve market efficiency.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case is suited for any (or all) of the following purposes: 1. To introduce the process of short selling and the parties involved. 2. To identify the common problems that tend to attract “bear” attacks, from the experience of the two Orientals and other examples. Four categories are described in detail. 3. To explore actions that companies can take in dealing with short selling. A bear attack is not necessarily bad for a company; a plunge in the stock price in the short term creates an opportunity for good companies (as well as top management) to legally buy back shares at a lower price. 4. To understand the normative implications of short selling as part of ‘the invisible hand of the market’ to discipline corporate incentives.

Keywords:
Short Selling, ‘bear’ Attacks, Overseas Listing, Global Capital Market, Chinese Companies Overseas Ipo, Corporate Transparency, Invisible Hand, Market Efficiency, Responses to Short Selling, Countering ‘bear’ Attacks

published: 29 Sep 2014

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Industry: Various
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
One of the biggest challenges for multinational corporations (MNCs) is to determine and consolidate their borders. In order to do so, MNCs increasingly strive to create value innovation, particularly within their internal capital market. Accordingly, their corporate treasury functions have witnessed three stages of major evolution in the 21st century.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case aims to provide an in-depth analysis of MNCs' treasury evolution based on Blue Ocean Strategy and the Coase theorem. In particular, we discuss how corporate treasury can help MNCs to consolidate their borders and how its different stages of evolution can result in either value creation or value innovation.

Keywords:
Blue Ocean, Corporate Treasury, Coase Theorem, Globalization, In-House Bank, Re-Invoicing, Internal Capital Market, Shadow Banking

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