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Case Studies by Frederic Godart

14 case studies

published: 25 Jun 2012

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Public Administration
  • Region: North America

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This case follows the life of Al Gore, one of the most powerful vice-presidents in US history who, in 2000, failed to secure what is probably the most powerful job on earth - the presidency. It describes how he nonetheless reinvented himself after the defeat and built a successful and influential post-political career.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To show how one can reinvent oneself after a major career setback by using power and politics. The case analyses the approach used by Al Gore to first become vice-president, and then combine his passion for the environment to forge a successful post-political business career.

Keywords:
Power, Politics, Al Gore, United States, Global Warming, Bill Clinton, White House, Career Setbacks

published: 25 Sep 2017

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Retail trade
  • Region: North America

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The case documents the emergence of Artsy, a digital solution to the sale of artwork. Once the preserve of the elite, the art market has been democratized by the founder Carter Cleveland, who in 2012 created an online catalogue of painting, photography, sculpture, film and video, and design. The curated platform features works by 70,000 artists, including Pablo Picasso and even a drawing by Vincent Van Gogh. How the young Princeton graduate became the go-to art player for museums and major auction houses like Christie’s and Sotheby’s is attributed to a business model based on a network of gallery owners, museum curators, art fair organizers and auctioneers, and the creation of a unique database that renders artwork accessible. A truly global powerhouse, Artsy offers art lovers a secure portal to the world’s leading purveyors of art.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case can be taught in executive education seminars and elective MBA courses in the following courses: luxury management, art history, e-commerce, digital marketing, organizational behavior and entrepreneurship. It allows instructors to focus on a wide range of issues related to the sale of artwork—e.g., as a means to discuss the power and diversity of e-commerce solutions, a way to look at innovation in entrepreneurship, the methodology of forging powerful alliances, and the need to offer continuous education to customers.

Keywords:
Artsy, E-Commerce, Carter Cleveland, Artwork, Art Dealers, Sebastian Cwilich, Online Platform, Auctionata, Auction Houses, Museums, Larry Gagosian, Art Genome Project, Christie’s, Sotheby’s

published: 30 Oct 2017

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Bakery products
  • Region: Europe

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The case highlights a failed attempt to ‘liberate’ management and employees from traditional business practices at a factory in France. It closely follows the events that took place at Poult during a 10-year period that began in 2006. It draws on the astute reflections of the last CEO at Poult, who, until his dismissal in 2017, was actively engaged in building an alternative culture among the firm’s 800 factory workers, machine operators and technicians. Thanks to detailed analysis, the case offers insight into the matrix of activities that constitute a ‘liberated enterprise’, from building autonomous teams to driving innovation from the bottom up.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case offers instructors a rare opportunity to discuss an alternative approach to traditional top-down management techniques. With a neutral voice, the case recounts a 10-year experiment in organizational design that changed the behaviour of hundreds of factory employees in France. Students may be surprised to learn that the main protagonist ultimately lost his job as CEO as a result of his commitment to the employees, who had embraced the radically new organizational design he had introduced 10 years earlier. The case serves to inspire students to align their beliefs with their career aspirations.

Keywords:
Entreprise Libérée, Poult, Semco, Ricardo Semler, Charles Van Der Haegen, Mehdi Berrada, Carlos Verkaeren, Banketgroep, Panier-Tanguy, Michel Et Augustin, W.l. Gore, Liberating Leadership, Isaac Getz, Biscuits

published: 26 Mar 2018

  • Topic: Marketing
  • Industry: Wholesale-Beer, Wine & Distilled Alcoholic Beverages
  • Region: Europe

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The case goes back in time to the ‘golden age’ of Absolut when contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring painted the unusual bottle to the amazement of the global arts community. The nearly accidental collaboration with artists in the glorious years turned the brand into a must-have aspirational drink to be consumed at chic bars and art fairs. Based on the vivid recollections of Vadim Grigorian (INSEAD MBA ‘00J), the case uncovers the awakening of new paradigm, the brand as acultural agent of contemporary art in consumer society. In his retelling of these events, hitherto unknown, the marketing executive recaptures the essence of Absolut during its hey day from the mid-1980s to 2011 in an exquisitely told and unusual account of cultural engagement.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case can be used by instructors teaching specialized courses in marketing and communication, and marketing research. By focusing on the engagement of Absolut with contemporary art and culture, the case prompts discussion of the role of brands as cultural agents. It draws students into a discovery process, tracing the relationship that Absolut, acquired by the global drinks conglomerate Pernod-Ricard in 2008, developed with young artists, fashion photographers, musicians, and even designers of art bars and cocktail recipes. It can start a conversation about the future of cultural engagement strategies that many brands have embarked on, for example, when a brand needs to move on from a wildly successful personality to a more nuanced image that appeals to a broader customer base. The short case is a page-turner that will satisfy a broad range of intellectual interests.

Keywords:
Absolut, Keith Haring, Vadim Grigorian, Documenta, Venice Biennale, Michel Roux, Spirits, Andy Warhol, Pernod-Ricard, Arts and Culture, Tbwa, Grey Goose, Grey Goose, Bottle

published: 29 Mar 2017

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This case illustrates the key role played by a local distributor in the luxury goods industry in the Middle East. By partnering with the Chalhoub Group, western firms have built a competitive advantage across the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). While not typical of western luxury brands selling to global markets other than the Middle East, their alliances with the Chalhoub Group offer access to a vast network of 650 stores in prime locations in the GCC, many in new shopping malls. Chalhoub has retail outlets in 14 countries in the MENA region. Since its establishment in 1955, the Dubai-based Chalhoub has developed partnerships with Christian Dior, Sephora, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and many others. In so doing it has laid the foundations for the creation of own-concept stores, where it sells its own branded products.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case can be taught in executive education and elective MBA courses in luxury management. The focus is on the marketing and distribution of personal luxury goods in the Middle East, a region that outperformed the global luxury market until the collapse of oil prices in 2014. The case examines consumer characteristics in the Middle East, the unique business model of the Chalhoub organization, which employs over 12,000 people in the region – including Saudi Arabia where women play a surprisingly big role in its workforce – and its investment in employee training to a degree rarely seen among retail distributors in the West.

Keywords:
Chalhoub, Beauty, Fashion, Ghawali, Level Kids, Katakeet, Wajooh, Level Shoes, Tanagra, Gcc, Wassim Eid, Fadi Jabbour, Tdesign

published: 25 Jun 2018

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Retail trade
  • Region: Europe

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The case follows the career path of Megha Malagatti, from her humble Indian origins as a member of the Dalit caste (known as “untouchables”) to a senior management position in a French luxury goods company – an improbable journey that speaks to her personal strengths, skills and qualifications, as well as the possibilities open to young women to make a career in the luxury goods industry irrespective of their background. It opens a window on gender diversity in the executive suite, highlighting the company culture of S.T.Dupont and the CEO who mentored her.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Gender diversity in the workplace and the executive suite.

Keywords:
Career, Luxury, India, Emotional Intelligence, Hindu, Mentor, Hr Professionals, Comité Colbert, S.t.dupont, Alain Crevet, Untouchables, Coach, Sharon Flood

published: 24 Feb 2014

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Region: Global

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This case explores the career development of professionals with strong leadership potential within an international business group - LVMH. It follows the career progression of an MBA graduate, her exposure to networks and mentors, and her international mobility.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To understand that each industry has its codes - specific formal and informal rules, tacit and explicit knowledge - which must be mastered. The culture of LVMH is also specific, with a focus on harnessing passion, agility, excellence, etc.

Keywords:
Leadership, Luxury Industry, Networks, Mobility, European Competitiveness Initiative, European Competitiveness, Europe, Best Practices

published: 24 Feb 2014

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
This case shows 1) the strategic importance of talent management 2) the best practice of LVMH in this regard. It illustrates how LVMH extracts synergies across maisons (“houses”).

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case can be used to illustrate the concepts of "industry analysis" and "competitive advantage" especially as applied to analyzing drivers of differentiation strategy. It can be used as a part of core strategy sequence in MBA or EMBA programmes as well as in Executive Education.The key teaching point is that when well-managed, employee mobility within a business group is valuable for the internal benefits it provides (e.g., the transfer of best practices across the group) and its external positive effects (e.g., attracting the right talent). It thus gives firms a competitive advantage when pursuing a differentiation strategy in the luxury industry.

Keywords:
Strategic Talent Management, Luxury Industry, Networks, Business Groups, European Competitiveness Initiative, European Competitiveness, Europe, Best Practices

published: 25 Apr 2017

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The case investigates the role of creative directors in the luxury fashion industry. When in October 2015 Raf Simons quit Christian Dior, industry observers wondered why anyone would voluntarily walk away from such an esteemed fashion house, and who would replace him. Beneath the glamorous veneer, the luxury and fashion industry puts tremendous stress on creative directors. Some crack up (John Galliano), other commit suicide (Alexander McQueen), and many launch proprietary labels.!

Pedagogical Objectives:
After reading and analysing the case, students will be able to
(i) evaluate the role played by creative directors in a luxury fashion house;
(ii) understand the economics of the business and how haute couture drives profitability down and across associated business lines such as ready-to-wear and accessories;
(iii) learn about the growing influence of fast fashion and e-commerce on the fashion calendar that creative directors are expected to live.

Keywords:
Raf Simons, John Galliano, Bernard Arnault, Alexander Mcqueen, Christian Dior, Haute Couture, Creative Director, Luxury Fashion

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published: 22 Jul 2016

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Abstract:
The case investigates the role of creative directors in the luxury fashion industry. When in October 2015 Raf Simons quit Christian Dior, industry observers wondered why anyone would voluntarily walk away from such an esteemed fashion house, and who would replace him. Beneath the glamorous veneer, the luxury and fashion industry puts tremendous stress on creative directors. Some crack up (John Galliano), other commit suicide (Alexander McQueen), and many launch proprietary labels.

Pedagogical Objectives:
After reading and analysing the case, students will be able to (i) evaluate the role played by creative directors in a luxury fashion house; (ii) understand the economics of the business and how haute couture drives profitability down and across associated business lines such as ready-to-wear and accessories; (iii) learn about the growing influence of fast fashion and e-commerce on the fashion calendar that creative directors are expected to live

Keywords:
Raf Simons, John Galliano, Bernard Arnault, Alexander Mcqueen, Christian Dior, Haute Couture, Creative Director, Luxury Fashion

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