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published: 01 Jan 1991

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

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Abstract:
In October 1988, members of the Board and CEOs of Roussel-Uclaf (one of the French leaders of the pharmaceutical industry) had to decide whether or not to put on the market RU486, a pill that provokes abortion without use of surgical methods. Case (A) highlights the issues they had to consider: potential internal problems (including the risk of conflict with employees and executives who oppose the participation of the company in anything related to abortion); a possible deterioration of the relationship between Roussel-Uclaf and its parent company Hoechst (from Germany), which opposes the product; and intense public pressure accompanied by a threat of a boycott that could produce important economic losses.

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Healthcare

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published: 01 Jan 1991

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

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Case (B) describes subsequent events: Roussel-Uclaf decides to suspend distribution of the product. However, two days after the firm makes its decision public, the French Government intervenes and mandates the firm to reverse its decision.

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published: 01 Jan 1991

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

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Case (C) describes the French experience with RU486 and the possibilities of making the product available worldwide and emphasises the problems that would arise should it be marketed in the United States, where abortion is a politically sensitive issue, and in the Third World, where the lack of medical facilities would pose a serious risk of the product being misused.

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published: 01 Jan 1990

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
A look into the background of the 'Guinness Affair', the city scandal of the 1980s. In particular, it looks at the psychological and political forces that led to the situation.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To study a number of conscious and unconscious motives in the making of a business decision and to understand better leadership processes and the pressures on leadership.

published: 01 Jan 1990

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Region: Europe

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Portrays a husband and wife who are both faced with new career challenges that amount to a conflict of interest. Problems between parents and children add to the complications.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To deal with the vicissitudes of the dual career family To explore the balance between career and private life and the effects of the different life stages

published: 01 Jan 1989

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations
  • Industry: Pen industry
  • Region: Europe

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A review of the life of Francine Gomez, until recently the CEO of Waterman, an upmarket French pen company. She is probably one of France’s best-known business person. Ms Gomez reflects on her personal and public life and appraises the kind of choices she has made. Given the acquisition of Waterman by Gillette, the theme of culture compatibility is also discussed.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To reconstruct the life of Francine Gomez and discover what made her the person she is today To question trade-offs between private and public life To discuss the role of women in business

published: 01 Jan 1989

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

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Abstract:
Describes Nissan Motor Company's operations in Spain and Italy (manufacturing and sales). It depicts the management approach as being 'local' versus 'Japanese'. It also highlights problems experienced by the Japanese expatriate.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To demonstrate 'local' approach to MNC-subsidiary relationships To raise the issue of 'local' versus 'global' trade-offs To raise concerns about perceptions of autonomy at local level and the concerns of Japanese expatriates

published: 01 Jan 1989

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

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Analyses the history and family background of the principals of the Nadia Corporation, a once successful family-owned business that is now losing profitability and suffering from family conflicts. After the forced semi-retirement of the father (the founder and entrepreneur), the heirs have difficulty in dealing with the succession issue. It illustrates how family relationships are transferred into the working environment. The themes of leadership, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics and its effect on business success and decision making processes, are subjects of discussion.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To explore the problem of succession in a family-owned business environment To analyse the interface between surface and deep structure

Keywords:
Wicfe, Succession, Next Generation, Fair Process, Communication, Psychology, Gender

published: 01 Jan 1988

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

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Abstract:
Describes the life and career of André Citroën, founder of Citroën, especially the factors which contributed to his rise and fall.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To identify some of the characteristics common to the entrepreneurial type leader To explore the relationship between narcissism and leadership To discern relationships between leadership style, organisational culture, structure and strategy

published: 01 Jan 1988

  • Topic: Leadership & Organisations

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Abstract:
Deals with bribery through the description of a number of incidents a young manager experiences when he first goes to work in North Africa.

Pedagogical Objectives:
To think through how ethical decisions are made, both at a personal and at a company level.

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