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Prada’s Hong Kong IPO

D. GROMB, Alberta DI GIULI

2016

In March 2011, Prada is preparing an IPO, set for June in Hong Kong. A team at one of its underwriters, Crédit Agricole’s CLSA unit, is setting a preliminary price range, structuring the offering and preparing the IPO process.

Keywords: Prada, Initial public offering, IPO, Hong Kong, China

The Cosyloo – Summit Water Partnership: Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid

B. GARRETTE

2016

The Cosyloo – Summit Water Alliance case describes a partnership between Cosyloo, a “social business” start-up producing an innovative sanitation equipment, and Summit Water, a public utility corporation operating in South East Asia. The two companies are discussing an alliance to address sanitation needs at the “Base of the Pyramid” (BoP) in an economically viable way. The combination of Cosyloo’s technology and Summit Water’s market access creates the conditions for a disruptive innovation, both in terms of product and business model. However the road to success is likely to be bumpy. The discussion of the case focuses on whether and how to kick-off and grow the project, which requires assessing its business potential, refining the business model and crafting the governance and organization of the joint-venture.

Keywords: Base of the Pyramid, Alliance, Innovation, Inclusive business, Partnership, Sanitation, Water, Start-up

African Solar Rise: Electrifying Rural Tanzania

S. AFLAKI, A. MASINI

2014

The case is about a German NGO that provides solar energy solutions in Tanzania and faces several challenges in order to scale its organization to generate much-needed revenue.
It examined the NGO, African Solar Rise (ASR), as it worked to improve its supply chain operations and last-mile distribution challenges while raising necessary capital to put it on more solid footing

Keywords: Accounting/Finance; Base of the Pyramid; Economics; Emerging and Developing Economies; Emerging Markets; Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Frontier Markets; International Business; Marketing/Sales; Operations Management/Supply Chain; Social Enterprise (Social Entrepreneurship); Social Impact; Strategy & Management; Sustainability

After the Spin-off from Accor: Creating a New Strategy for Edenred

P. DUSSAUGE, F. LEROY

2014

The case describes the process through which the “prepaid services” division of the Accor hotel group was spun off in 2010 as Edenred, an independent publicly traded company. It goes on to explain what prepaid services are and to describe the prepaid services industry, before focusing on Edenred itself. Finally, it points out changes occurring in and around the industry that might undermine the future profitability of the industry as a whole and of Edenred in particular. Students are asked to suggest possible strategies for the future in order to maintain the abnormally high profitability Edenred has enjoyed for many years.

Keywords: Business strategy; Two-sided markets; Network externalities; Unusual business models; Government support; Tax incentives; Spin-offs; De-mergers; Digitalisation

Après la scission du Groupe Accor : Une nouvelle stratégie pour Edenred

P. DUSSAUGE, F. LEROY

2014

The case describes the process through which the 'prepaid services' division of the Accor hotel group was spun off in 2010 as Edenred, an independent publicly traded company. It goes on to explain what prepaid services are and to describe the prepaid services industry, before focusing on Edenred itself. Finally, it points out changes occurring in and around the industry that might undermine the future profitability of the industry as a whole and of Edenred in particular. Students are asked to suggest possible strategies for the future in order to maintain the abnormally high profitability Edenred has enjoyed for many years. The Edenred case is typically adapted to MBA, Masters in Management or Executive Education audiences. The discussion can last anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours, depending on the amount of 'number crunching' students are asked to do. This case can serve several purposes, depending on the course in which it is taught. The main focus of the case is on unusual business models and two-sided markets. This fits well towards the end of a Business Strategy course or the end of the Business Strategy part of a full Strategy or Strategic Management course. In addition, other topics that can be covered using this case are diversification and synergies as well as refocusing and spin-off.

Keywords: Stratégie d'entreprise, marchés à double face, externalités de réseau, modèles économiques alternatifs, soutien gouvernemental, avantages fiscaux, spin, off, scission, digitalisation.


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