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Case Studies by L. Felipe Monteiro

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published: 22 Aug 2018

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The case describes Operation “Lava Jato” (Car Wash) in Brazil, one of largest anti-corruption investigations in the world. Operation Car Wash brought to light the shady relationships between government contractors, political campaign agencies and high-profile politicians in what were known as ‘pay-for-play’ schemes – bribes and campaign contributions paid by major corporations to government officials and political parties in exchange for lucrative government contracts which were over-invoiced to ‘cover the costs’. By March 2018, 123 defendants had been convicted (their cumulative prison sentences amounting to 1,861 years), many from the highest echelons of government and business.

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Pedagogical Objectives:
The aim is to discuss how doing business in Brazil is being transformed by one of the largest corruption probes in history. More broadly, the case allows instructors to examine institutional changes in emerging markets and their implications for business.

Keywords:
Corruption, Emerging Markets, Car Wash, Lava-Jato, Brazil, Sergio Moro, Institutional Change, Latin America

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published: 27 Jun 2018

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The case discusses the globalization of fashion and the trajectory of Fashion Forward Dubai. Since its inception in 2013, FFWD had striven to offer an alternative to traditional fashion weeks by showcasing collections of local designers to fashion buyers, journalists and customers on the catwalk and on internet. Over 15,000 attendees came to the show and more than 100,000 followed it online. In 2018, FFWD’s co-founder, Ramzi Nakad, has to decide whether to continue the B2B+B2C event showcasing emerging brands in Dubai Design District, or create a digital fashion platform to sell direct-to-customers and give brands instant international exposure and access to e-commerce without the high costs of runway shows. The case asks to what extent the global fashion industry is ripe for digital disruption.
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Pedagogical Objectives:
Discuss the challenges and opportunities for the emergence and development of a new fashion cluster in Dubai, using digital as a enabler, seen from the perspective of the global strategy options of an entrepreneurial firm based out of Dubai.

Keywords:
Fashion, Digital Disruption, Clusters, Emerging Markets, Dubai, Digital Transformation, Digital Platform, Global Strategy, International Management, Entrepreneurship

published: 25 Jun 2018

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Abstract:
The case describes Operation “Lava Jato” (Car Wash) in Brazil, one of largest anti-corruption investigations in the world. Operation Car Wash brought to light the shady relationships between government contractors, political campaign agencies and high-profile politicians in what were known as ‘pay-for-play’ schemes – bribes and campaign contributions paid by major corporations to government officials and political parties in exchange for lucrative government contracts which were over-invoiced to ‘cover the costs’. By March 2018, 123 defendants had been convicted (their cumulative prison sentences amounting to 1,861 years), many from the highest echelons of government and business.
Please visit the dedicated case website to access supplementary material.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The aim is to discuss how doing business in Brazil is being transformed by one of the largest corruption probes in history. More broadly, the case allows instructors to examine institutional changes in emerging markets and their implications for business.

Keywords:
Corruption, Emerging Markets, Car Wash, Lava-Jato, Brazil, Sergio Moro, Institutional Change, Latin America

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published: 28 May 2018

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Jean-Marc Frangos, Managing Director of Products & Services Research and Open Innovation at BT Group is looking to optimize the London-based telcom company’s external innovation process – scouting for new technologies from Silicon Valley, Israel and Asia. Having taken on responsibility for some of BT’s internal research labs in 2017, he needs to boost synergies between internal research and external innovation, and to evaluate how these will play out in the future for telecom companies and the implications for BT.
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Pedagogical Objectives:
To explore (i) how multinational firms access and integrate external technologies from various places across the globe, (ii) the challenges of integrating external knowledge, (iii) the management of synergies between organizational units / sub-domains, (iv) the evolution of the competitive environment and its implications for firm strategy.

Keywords:
Global Open Innovation, Global Strategy, Technology Scouting, Silicon Valley, Telecoms, Partnerships Large Firms and Start-Ups, Knowledge Management, Digital Transformation, Innovation Clusters

published: 23 Mar 2018

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The Swiss company TAG Heuer, maker of luxury watches, is part of the LVMH group (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton). In 2015, CEO Jean-Claude Biver is deciding whether to launch its first-ever fully connected Swiss watch, manufactured in partnership with Google and Intel. Entering this new market presents an unprecedented challenge: making a watch based on a technology (microprocessors) that the Swiss have not mastered. Is TAG Heuer ready to compete in the digital space - and potentially without the traditional 'Swiss Made' label? Case B takes up the story following the successful launch of the TAG Heuer connected watch. Sales are beyond all expectations for the luxury Swiss watchmaker and its partners Intel and Google. There are a few surprises too – the consumers are older than they expected and the watches sell out far quicker than anticipated – hence the company runs into some supply chain issues. Please visit the dedicated case website to access supplementary material.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To learn how a nation achieves international success in a specific industry and how multinational corporations enable the emergence of clusters and benefit from them. In particular, how the Swiss luxury watch industry (in particular TAG Heuer) reacted and dealt with the challenge from connected watches such as the Apple Watch. Four key issues are addressed: 1. The importance of the 'Swiss Made' label for this market. 2. How to make a connected watch 'eternal' in the spirit of traditional mechanical watches. 3. How TAG Heuer prepared for a profound digital transformation by learning from the technology cluster in Silicon Valley (locating a team of engineers there and managing the partnership with Google and Intel). 4. How a company dealt with digital disruption in a conservative industry – Swiss watchmaking. 5. How multinationals identify technology in other clusters – “technology scouting” - and set up relevant processes.

Keywords:
Watches, Luxury, Wearables, Connected Watches, Digital Transformation, Google, Intel, Clusters, Jean-Claude Biver, Global Strategy, Digital Disruption, Apple Watch, Swissmade, Silicon Valley, Switzerland

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published: 23 Mar 2018

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Abstract:
The Swiss company TAG Heuer, maker of luxury watches, is part of the LVMH group (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton). In 2015, CEO Jean-Claude Biver is deciding whether to launch its first-ever fully connected Swiss watch, manufactured in partnership with Google and Intel. Entering this new market presents an unprecedented challenge: making a watch based on a technology (microprocessors) that the Swiss have not mastered. Is TAG Heuer ready to compete in the digital space - and potentially without the traditional 'Swiss Made' label? Case B takes up the story following the successful launch of the TAG Heuer connected watch. Sales are beyond all expectations for the luxury Swiss watchmaker and its partners Intel and Google. There are a few surprises too – the consumers are older than they expected and the watches sell out far quicker than anticipated – hence the company runs into some supply chain issues. Please visit the dedicated case website to access supplementary material.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To learn how a nation achieves international success in a specific industry and how multinational corporations enable the emergence of clusters and benefit from them. In particular, how the Swiss luxury watch industry (in particular TAG Heuer) reacted and dealt with the challenge from connected watches such as the Apple Watch. Four key issues are addressed: 1. The importance of the 'Swiss Made' label for this market. 2. How to make a connected watch 'eternal' in the spirit of traditional mechanical watches. 3. How TAG Heuer prepared for a profound digital transformation by learning from the technology cluster in Silicon Valley (locating a team of engineers there and managing the partnership with Google and Intel). 4. How a company dealt with digital disruption in a conservative industry – Swiss watchmaking. 5. How multinationals identify technology in other clusters – “technology scouting” - and set up relevant processes.

Keywords:
Watches, Luxury, Wearables, Connected Watches, Digital Transformation, Google, Intel, Clusters, Jean-Claude Biver, Global Strategy, Digital Disruption, Apple Watch, Swissmade, Silicon Valley, Switzerland

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published: 23 Mar 2018

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Digital transformation
  • Region: South America

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The case presents the “leapfrogging” opportunities for Latin America brought by the digital revolution and innovation. It examines the region’s economic and commercial achievements made possible by the huge penetration of mobile vs fixed broadband. In addition, digital transformation is helping to address social issues such as financial exclusion, unemployment and healthcare. Also, by improving transparency in the system, digital has the potential to reduce corruption, one of the biggest obstacles to doing business in Latin America.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This study provides an overview of the leapfrogging opportunities that digital transformation offers Latin America as well as the challenges to be overcome for it to deliver on the promises of the digital revolution. It can serve either as a complementary case to the Stefanini case package, or as a standalone piece for instructors teaching about digital challenges and opportunities in Latin America.

Keywords:
Digital Distruption, Emerging Markets, Blockchain, Latin America, Fintech, Ehealth, Ecommerce, Smart City, Leapfrogging, Technolatinas, Digital Revolution, Digital Transformation

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published: 26 Feb 2018

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Digital transformation
  • Region: South America

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Abstract:
The case presents the “leapfrogging” opportunities for Latin America brought by the digital revolution and innovation. It examines the region’s economic and commercial achievements made possible by the huge penetration of mobile vs fixed broadband. In addition, digital transformation is helping to address social issues such as financial exclusion, unemployment and healthcare. Also, by improving transparency in the system, digital has the potential to reduce corruption, one of the biggest obstacles to doing business in Latin America.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This study provides an overview of the leapfrogging opportunities that digital transformation offers Latin America as well as the challenges to be overcome for it to deliver on the promises of the digital revolution. It can serve either as a complementary case to the Stefanini case package, or as a standalone piece for instructors teaching about digital challenges and opportunities in Latin America.

Keywords:
Digital Distruption, Emerging Markets, Blockchain, Latin America, Fintech, Ehealth, Ecommerce, Smart City, Leapfrogging, Technolatinas, Digital Revolution, Digital Transformation

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published: 11 Dec 2017

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Information Technology
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
Thirty years after being founded by CEO Marco Stefanini, Stefanini is one of the largest providers of ICT services in Latin America. Unlike most Brazilian (and Latin American) companies, Stefanini has focused on international markets for many years. As a truly global company with presence in 41 countries it is one of the most globalized companies in Brazil, with 21, 200 employees and over US$800 million in revenues. In 2017, Stefanini is helping many companies with their digital transformation/journey, while at the same time being transformed itself as traditional sources of revenue diminish/disappear. Hence digital is both a great opportunity (in terms of new business) but also a challenge. How Stefanini will transform itself? What avenues to growth exist, and what alternatives in terms of new business models, new geographies, acquisitions?

Pedagogical Objectives:
Discuss how a Latin American company became a global player in the ICT sector, and how it is helping companies worldwide with their digital journeys as well as being transformed itself.

Keywords:
Digital Transformation, Internationalization, Information Technology, Global Strate, Emerging Markets, Brazil, Outsourcing.

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published: 30 Oct 2017

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Information technology
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
Thirty years after being founded by CEO Marco Stefanini, Stefanini is one of the largest providers of ICT services in Latin America. Unlike most Brazilian (and Latin American) companies, Stefanini has focused on international markets for many years. As a truly global company with presence in 41 countries it is one of the most globalized companies in Brazil, with 21, 200 employees and over US$800 million in revenues. In 2017, Stefanini is helping many companies with their digital transformation/journey, while at the same time being transformed itself as traditional sources of revenue diminish/disappear. Hence digital is both a great opportunity (in terms of new business) but also a challenge. How Stefanini will transform itself? What avenues to growth exist, and what alternatives in terms of new business models, new geographies, acquisitions?

Pedagogical Objectives:
Discuss how a Latin American company became a global player in the ICT sector, and how it is helping companies worldwide with their digital journeys as well as being transformed itself.

Keywords:
Digital Transformation, Internationalization, Information Technology, Global Strategy, Emerging Markets, Brazil, Outsourcing

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