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Librinova: a Start-up for Digital Innovation in Publishing

B. GARRETTE

2017

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

O. SIBONY

2017

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

L’Oréal: Attracting the Next Billion Consumers

P. DUSSAUGE, N. LUGAGNE

2016

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

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


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