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Case Studies by Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries

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published: 05 Jan 2006

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Multiparty
  • Region: Other Regions

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Abstract:
The Saint George Triangle multi-party simulation centers on decision making at a top organizational level. Designed for executives, MBAs, HR professionals, executive coaches and consultants, the exercise presents participants with a series of interconnected case studies, since every decision made creates, in effect, a new case and new circumstances. This simulation requires a minimum of about 24 players. Participants work in small teams of about six people, with each team representing one of six to seven different interest groups. The simulation should be supervised by at least one Principal Facilitator with a deep knowledge of group dynamics. It is suggested that the Principal Facilitator(s) should be assisted by two or three other Facilitators.

Pedagogical Objectives:
As with more traditional case studies, the participants are required to think in strategic ways, and organize themselves for competitive advantage. The participants work through a team-based decision-making process in a pressurized (but relatively "risk-free") environment. Theory, experience, action, and reflection are all put into the same activity, helping participants to internalize the concepts of group dynamics, communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, authority, power, influence, and leadership.

Keywords:
Multiparty Simulation, Leadership Development, Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching, Group Dynamics, Conflict Resolution, Team Processes, Process Consulting

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published: 01 Jul 2005

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Music; Airline; Entertainment
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
This case follows the development of Richard Branson from his early days as the editor of his own student magazine to his current status as founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group. It focuses on the iconoclastic, yet extremely effective, management style and business philosophy of a man who has become one of the world's best-known entrepreneurs. The broad overview of Richard Branson and Virgin given in the case itself is complemented by the personal interview with Richard Branson and the video interview with Branson and his two managing directors, Robert Devereux and Trevor Abbott.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case follows the development of Richard Branson from his early days as the editor of his own student magazine to his current status as founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group. It focuses on the iconoclastic, yet extremely effective, management style and business philosophy of a man who has become one of the world's best-known entrepreneurs. The broad overview of Richard Branson and Virgin given in the case itself is complemented by the personal interview with Richard Branson and the video interview with Branson and his two managing directors, Robert Devereux and Trevor Abbott.

Keywords:
Leadership entrepreneurship, Corporate Culture, Creativity in Organizations

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published: 09 Jan 2005

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Automotive
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
In late 2004, after five years at the head of Nissan in Japan, Carlos Ghosn was hotter than a new Nissan Z350, a 1970s icon recreated by Nissan in 2000. But the French-educated, Lebanese-Brazilian Ghosn was about to shift into even higher gear, to become CEO of both Nissan and its French partner, Renault. Renowned for his transparency, listening and analytical skills, and for having the "subtlety of a chainsaw", as of 2005 he would lead an automotive alliance operating on three continents, with all the production issues, personnel challenges and currency fluctuations contingent to the job. In his new position, Ghosn would have to orchestrate the complicated alliance between Nissan and Renault, develop synergies within the partnership and, at the same time, foster competition between the two brands in some markets. Would Carlos Ghosn's transformational leadership style be enough to take Renault from admirable to awe-inspiring at a global level?

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case enables students to: -explore successful corporate transformation. -understand how early formative life and work experiences contribute to global leadership development. -explore cross-cultural issues. -analyse Carlos Ghosn's key leadership talents. -discuss the future of Renault/Nissan under Ghosn's leadership.

Keywords:
Global Leadership, Organizational Transformation, Leadership Formative Experience, Renault/nissan

published: 07 Jan 2005

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Oil
  • Region: Other Regions

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Abstract:
In Fall 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's richest man and the CEO of Yukos, the second-largest Russian oil producer with a market capitalization of US$26 billion, was arrested and thrown into jail on charges of fraud. Several days later he resigned as CEO of Yukos. This case study tells the story of the rise and fall of a young man whom some would call a brilliant entrepreneur, and others would call a scoundrel. The case includes an interview with Khodorkovsky when he was still CEO, and offers a rare opportunity to examine the leadership philosophy of one of Russia's top business leaders.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case provides opportunities to explore entrepreneurship, Russian business leadership, and Russian organizational structures. It also illustrates the evolution of business in Russia over the past ten years.

Keywords:
Mihail Khodorkovsky, Yukos, Russia, Russian Oil Industry, Russian Leadership, Russian Business Leaders

Prizes won:
- Winner of 2004 EFMD Case Writing Competition, Entrepreneurship Category

published: 01 Jan 2004

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship

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Abstract:
This case study highlights the different aspects of succession. It describes the issues that affect the departing CEO. It considers the organization, and the background of internal and external candidates for succession. It also treats the issue of non-executive board-members and their preferences.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The aim of this case study is to: 1. Help participants gain insight into the dynamics of CEO succession. 2. Create an understanding of the barriers of CEO succession and the underlying issues that influence the process. 3. Prompt participants to make a thoughtful analysis of the leadership competencies needed for a successful transition and highlight issues of corporate governance and the role board members play.

Keywords:
Ceo, Succession, Leadership Style, Competencies, Corporate Governance

published: 01 Jan 2004

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Fitness
  • Region: Other Regions

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Abstract:
Case Writers: Irina BOUDRINA, Elizabeth FLORENT-TREACY and Konstantin KOROTOV This case focuses primarily on a specific leadership style, based on an underlying system of values. Olga Sloutsker, founder and CEO of World Class gyms, has twin desires—to mother clients and employees, and to “seduce” them. Olga Sloutsker's leadership style involves dispensing calibrated doses of maternal concern and correction. She motivates her employees to excel not by offering extravagant material rewards, but by telling them that each person’s efforts will contribute to the greater good of the Russian people. She leads by flamboyant example; she has created a corporate culture that is entirely professional, but at the same time vaguely resembles a kind of crusade led by a Russian Joan of Arc. As Olga Sloutsker’s business matures, and as other competitors enter the market, her vision has grown exponentially. Her vision—crusade—is to improve the general health of all Russians. Her battle plan has three main thrusts: to spread her expertise through consulting; to train her employees to increasingly professional levels, and send some of them—imbued with her philosophy—out into the world; and to recruit Russian politicians to her cause.

Pedagogical Objectives:
As a descriptive case, the material provides insight into a uniquely Russian business leadership style. Because the case does not focus on specific decision points, students are encouraged to think more deeply about the reasons for Olga Sloutsker's success. Key learning points are: the way in which Sloutsker's personal experiences have shaped her career choices and leadership style; an evaluation of the effectiveness of her leadership; a thorough understanding of the specific Russian context in which World Class operates; and potential future challenges Sloutsker faces.

Keywords:
Entrepreneurship in Russia, Russian Business Leadership, Russian Business Development, Women in Business

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