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Case Studies by Mona Parikh McNicholas

2 case studies

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published: 24 Nov 2014

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Region: Middle-East

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Abstract:
The case is set in November 2011, when the five-year-old telecommunications company was looking at its strategic options. Bringing together data on the industry and the region, including the competitive and regulatory landscape, the case illustrates possible scenarios in the near and long-term future with a view to determining which strategy to adopt for sustainable growth in a rapidly changing industry.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case is designed to allow discussion of a wide variety of issues related to firm-level competitive advantage and industry structure. In particular, it invites discussion of the implications of different strategic options as industry growth slows and a former incumbent monopolist becomes more aggressive.

Keywords:
Strategy, Telecommunications, Growth, Dubai, Adec

published: 25 Aug 2014

  • Topic: Responsibility
  • Industry: Palm oil, healthcare
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
This case explores the events leading to the creating of a multi-stakeholder platform, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The promotion of palm oil as an alternative to fossil fuels has increased demand, hence the “palm oil dilemma”: to produce oil more sustainably or save the forests? The ability to respond to NGOs and the additional cost of certified palm oil are some of the future challenges facing the RSPO.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case is designed to explore: • The life-cycle impacts of the production of palm oil • The social and environmental trade-offs involved • The development dilemmas faced by emerging economies • The logic behind the creation of ‘green clubs’ • How reputational value is created or destroyed - in individual organizations and in coalitions such as the RSPO • The rationale for certification and eco-label schemes.

Keywords:
Palm Oil Production, Production and Operations Management, Value Chain, Sustainability, Green Clubs, Eco-Activism, Voluntary Environmental Initiatives, Greenpeace

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