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published: 10 Jan 2006

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Industry: Financial Institutions
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
This is a technical note on the role of analysts and certain terms they use in analyzing companies. This note also outlines the introduction of several NYSE and NASDAQ rules that require analysts, in some circumstances, to disclose certain conflicts of interest when recommending the purchase or sale of a specific security.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective of this technical note is to highlight the conflict of interests that existed, prior to the changes, at the investment banks with relationships between sell side equity research analysts and investment banking.

published: 01 Nov 1999

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Iron & Steel
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The Wendel and CGIP cases tell the story of a business family, the Wendel, over a period of nearly three centuries. The CGIP case (B) shows how Ernest-Antoine Seillière, succeeded in building a strong holding company out of the family’s non-core businesses, left after the steel nationalisation. The case describes several key business decisions and deals, including with other family firms. It illustrates the governance structure and processes with the decision to sell a stake in packaging to purchase a stake in a automobile contractor, Valeo.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case is written for use in classes on Family Firms with MBA students. Its main objective is to illustrate the role of a family in the development and perpetuation of a business and to identify the differences between a family business and a publicly-owned business. The CGIP case illustrates how a family can decide to stay in business together without staying in the same business; how the family can support the manager’s decisions; governance structures and processes; how a family can have a privileged access to deals with other family firms.

Keywords:
Family Firms, Family Business, (factors Of) Continuity, Governance, Wendel / Marine-Wendel, Cgip, Valeo, Crow-Cork & Seal

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published: 29 Mar 2011

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: Private Equity
  • Region: Middle-East

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Abstract:
In February 2010, Dr. Karim El Solh, founder and CEO of Gulf Capital, announced the successful closure of GC Equity Partners Fund II. Approximately AED 2 billion (US$533 million) had been raised, and in an unprecedented coup for a regional private equity firm, the majority of investors had been sourced from international markets. The case describes El Sohl’s journey towards establishing one of the leading alternative investment companies in the Middle East.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Instructors can use this case to introduce a wide range of topics related to leadership.

Keywords:
Private Equity, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Middle East, Adec

published: 04 Jan 2005

  • Topic: Economics & Finance
  • Region: North America

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Abstract:
This is one of the G-7 case series by the same author. It covers an overview of US history; external relations; the emergence of the US industrial economy; US corporate structure; and government policies. The annexes contain selected statistics.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The aim of this case is to subject the US to the type of analysis that may be conducted on any national economy, and that is used with regard to the other cases in the G-7 series (Japan, France...).

Keywords:
Politics, Business System, Economics

published: 05 Jan 2004

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Region: South America

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Abstract:
This case is in the series on regime change, and serves as a basis for class discussion on the problems of exit from import-substitution, and reform of the “developmental state”. It may be compared to the cases on Turkey, India, and South Africa.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Political, civic, bureaucratic, constitutional conditions for economic policy. Distinguishing between structural aspects of a policy, and economic outcomes. Assessing probabilities about future orientation. Country risk assessment.

published: 01 Jan 1999

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: High Tech
  • Region: Asia

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Abstract:
This case study describes the development of Stone's business portfolio.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The investigation of diversification issues and concerns.

published: 01 Nov 1999

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Iron & Steel
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
The Wendel and CGIP cases tell the story of a business family, the Wendel, over a period of nearly three centuries. The Wendel case (A) describes how the company, founded in 1704, developed over 270 years under the stewardship of the Wendel family, as a major player in the iron and steel industry. It also shows how it overcame a revolution, three wars, and several technical challenges. The case ends in 1976, with the crisis of the French steel industry and the choice faced by Ernest-Antoine Seillière, a representative of the 9th generation, to join the company.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case is written for use in classes on Family Firms with MBA students. Its main objective is to illustrate the role of a family in the development and perpetuation of a business and to identify the differences between a family business and a publicly-owned business. The Wendel case illustrates the family spirit and values as factors of business continuity; how each generation can renew the business and even needs to do so at particular moments to survive and flourish; how a family firm can attract particularly bright family members in spite of unattractive economic situations.

Keywords:
Family Firms, Family Business, (factors Of) Continuity, Governance, Wendel / Marine-Wendel, Cgip, Valeo, Crow-Cork & Seal

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published: 01 Dec 2000

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Sports Entertainment/Professional Wrestling
  • Region: Other Regions

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Abstract:
Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation faces a serious threat to survival from the deep pockets of media mogul Ted Turner and Time-Warner, Inc. McMahon must tackle management, business, and ethics challenges when Turner tries to lure the WWF's top star, Bret the Hitman Hart, away from the WWF.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case highlights many important management issues including charismatic and transformational leadership, management ethics and integrity, the importance of innovation in entrepreneurship, the role of motivation in privately owned family business, and the debate over whether it is management or talent that drives a company's success.

Keywords:
Charismatic Leadership, Management Ethics, Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Family Business

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published: 06 Jan 2003

  • Topic: Strategy
  • Industry: Cinema Exhibition
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
easyGroup is contemplating its entry into the cinema exhibition business in the UK through the launch of a no-frills cinema. The company believes that it can redeploy the capabilities, such as yield management, that led to the success of easyJet, its low cost airline business, into this new venture. The case examines the market for cinema in the UK, as well as the evolution of easyGroup's portfolio of companies, with a view to assessing the attractiveness of the company's planned launch of easyCinema.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The objective of the case is to highlight the challenges faced by a company in developing a coherent growth strategy and to assess the extent to which an organization's capabilities can be redeployed into new business ventures. This case aims to develop a discussion on the advantages and limits of a related diversification strategy.

Keywords:
Growth Strategy, Diversification, Related Diversification

Prizes won:
- 2005 ecch Best-selling Case in Strategy and General Management
- 2004 ecch Best-selling Case in Strategy and General Management

published: 01 Jul 2003

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Consulting
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Case Writers: Nesreen SROUJI and Elizabeth FLORENT The objective of this case is to provide a cautionary tale. The narcissistic entrepreneur/founder of the company was initially successful in building his organization during the Internet dot.com bubble, as he was able to motivate and inspire his young employees. As they began to realize that they were being exploited, he lost control of them. Most of them left the company, ironically leaving the leader without the knowledge resources to recreate the organization in the post dot.com economy. Themes addressed in the case are: entrepreneurship; narcissistic leadership; corporate culture, succession, leadership development; and the perils of growing out of the start-up stage.

Pedagogical Objectives:
A clinical perspective is used in analyzing personality and behavior of the leader of this company. Concepts of developmental psychology, family systems theory, cognitive theory, dynamic psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis are applied to better understand his behavior and actions. Significant themes that highlight psychological dimensions relevant to his leadership style are explored. Observations are made about the key elements of effective leadership, and what contributes to leadership derailment. Lessons learned from the case concern leadership development and succession.

Keywords:
Charisma, Leadership, Hubris, Narcissism, Managing Growth, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Culture, Succession, Leadership Development


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