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Case Studies by Alexandra Matveeva

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published: 28 Jun 2019

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
In less than five years The Global Informality Project evolved from a one scholar's dream to a global network-based research exercise uniting hundreds of people across the world. It produced two volumes of The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, published by UCL Press in early 2018, a wiki-site and dozens of events around the globe. Within a year, the books were downloaded 40,000 times from 156 countries. Work on the first two volumes had been intuitive, experimental, and conducted without major funding. Editor-in-chief Alena Ledenva must now decide how to organize work on the third volume, form the team, secure funding, and re-define her own role.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case offers a comprehensive description of how a global non-profit project is designed, planned and implemented, the challenges to overcome, the leadership practices used, and the role of networks in the project's implementation.

Keywords:
Leadership, Network Leadership, Project Management, Informal Networks, Teams and Teaming, Global, 'slow-Cooking' Method, Bottom-Up Management

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published: 28 Jun 2019

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Region: Global

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Abstract:
In less than five years The Global Informality Project evolved from a one scholar's dream to a global network-based research exercise uniting hundreds of people across the world. It produced two volumes of The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, published by UCL Press in early 2018, a wiki-site and dozens of events around the globe. Within a year, the books were downloaded 40,000 times from 156 countries. Work on the first two volumes had been intuitive, experimental, and conducted without major funding. Editor-in-chief Alena Ledenva must now decide how to organize work on the third volume, form the team, secure funding, and re-define her own role.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case offers a comprehensive description of how a global non-profit project is designed, planned and implemented, the challenges to overcome, the leadership practices used, and the role of networks in the project's implementation.

Keywords:
Leadership, Network Leadership, Project Management, Informal Networks, Teams and Teaming, Global, 'slow-Cooking' Method, Bottom-Up Management

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published: 25 Mar 2019

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case represents a role-play simulation in which a team of up to 6 participants acts as a board of directors of a privately-owned automotive lighting products manufacturer. At a regular meeting, the board has to make two decisions: 1) define growth targets for the next eight years; 2) decide the fate of a newly appointed CEO whose style has created a wave of uproar at the company. The board consists of two shareholders, chairman of the board, two independent directors and employee representative. After the two-hours meeting, the participants will have time to reflect on their experience and exchange views within their groups.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The simulation is designed to serve as a basis for class discussion in the format of a board meeting, for which students are expected to use all the knowledge gained during the programme. The learning objectives are: 1) to experience the dynamics of a board of directors, 2) to understand the systemic nature of boards and board-management interaction, 3) to use different approaches to decision making, 4) to lead a board (for the chair), 5) to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and agendas.

Keywords:
Board of Directors, Management, Board Process, Chair of the Board, Ceo, Strategy, Ceo Succession, Automotive Industry

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published: 25 Mar 2019

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The case represents a role-play simulation in which a team of up to 6 participants acts as a board of directors of a privately-owned automotive lighting products manufacturer. At a regular meeting, the board has to make two decisions: 1) define growth targets for the next eight years; 2) decide the fate of a newly appointed CEO whose style has created a wave of uproar at the company. The board consists of two shareholders, chairman of the board, two independent directors and employee representative. After the two-hours meeting, the participants will have time to reflect on their experience and exchange views within their groups.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The simulation is designed to serve as a basis for class discussion in the format of a board meeting, for which students are expected to use all the knowledge gained during the programme. The learning objectives are: 1) to experience the dynamics of a board of directors, 2) to understand the systemic nature of boards and board-management interaction, 3) to use different approaches to decision making, 4) to lead a board (for the chair), 5) to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and agendas.

Keywords:
Board of Directors, Management, Board Process, Chair of the Board, Ceo, Strategy, Ceo Succession, Automotive Industry

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published: 21 Apr 2017

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Region: Other Regions

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Abstract:
In this role-play simulation, a team of up to nine participants act as the board of directors of a privately-owned fishing company. The board has to make decisions about (1) a management proposal to acquire processing facilities in a foreign country, (2) an adjustment to the CEO’s remuneration package requested by the CEO following the significant depreciation of local currency. The board consists of three types of directors – affiliated (the two shareholders and a representative of the bank-creditor), executive (CEO and CFO), and independent directors (including the chairman) – as well as three committees responsible for Strategy & Investments, Nomination & Remuneration, and Audit.

Pedagogical Objectives:
- To experience real dynamics of the board of directors - To understand a systemic nature of boards and board-shareholders and boards- stakeholders' relationships - To learn to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and agendas - To practice roles of effective directors: expert, strategist, team player, mentor, owner, facilitator - To assess the personal motivation and skill required to become an effective board member

Keywords:
Multi-Party Simulation, Corporate Governance, Board Dynamics, Group Dynamics, Board of Directors, Board Committees, Chairman of the Board, Executive Compensation, Board Process, Strategy, M&a, Ceo, Fishing, Corporate Governance, Board Process and Remuneration at the Top

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published: 21 Apr 2017

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Region: Other Regions

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Abstract:
In this role-play simulation, a team of up to nine participants act as the board of directors of a privately-owned fishing company. The board has to make decisions about (1) a management proposal to acquire processing facilities in a foreign country, (2) an adjustment to the CEO’s remuneration package requested by the CEO following the significant depreciation of local currency. The board consists of three types of directors – affiliated (the two shareholders and a representative of the bank-creditor), executive (CEO and CFO), and independent directors (including the chairman) – as well as three committees responsible for Strategy & Investments, Nomination & Remuneration, and Audit.

Pedagogical Objectives:
- To experience real dynamics of the board of directors - To understand a systemic nature of boards and board-shareholders and boards- stakeholders' relationships - To learn to collaborate with people with different backgrounds and agendas - To practice roles of effective directors: expert, strategist, team player, mentor, owner, facilitator - To assess the personal motivation and skill required to become an effective board member

Keywords:
Multi-Party Simulation, Corporate Governance, Board Dynamics, Group Dynamics, Board of Directors, Board Committees, Chairman of the Board, Executive Compensation, Board Process, Strategy, M&a, Ceo, Fishing, Corporate Governance, Board Process and Remuneration at the Top

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