Case studies

Librinova: a Start-up for Digital Innovation in Publishing



The Librinova case features a start-up company operating as a self-publishing platform in France. The two young women who created Librinova have a strong experience in the publishing industry, which made them able to create a unique value proposition for client-writers. The company started to operate in March 2014. The case takes place in the first quarter of 2017, just before Librinova goes for a third round of funding. The main question is whether the company has a real chance to raise the money it needs. This question points to the more fundamental issue of Librinova’s competitive advantage and growth potential. More specifically, the discussion should examine whether Librinova’s “digital platform” business model makes sense in the emerging multi-sided market for digital publishing

Keywords: Two-sided markets - Digital platform - Business model - Start-up - Innovation - Disruption - Book - E-book - Self-publishing

Nespresso France: Encapsulating Sustainability



As its single-serve coffee system grows in popularity, Nespresso France is under pressure from the media and environment-conscious opinion leaders to address the problem posed by its disposable aluminium capsules. Options range from ignoring the problem to sponsoring a nationwide recycling program that will handle all the metals consumers throw away. What should Nespresso do?

Keywords: Strategy; Corporate reputation; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Sustainability; Crisis Management; Ethical Decision Making