Cas pédagogiques

Bain Capital’s “Take Private” of China Fire

D. GROMB, M. KITTEN

2016

The case centers on the 2011 buyout of China Fire, a NASDAQ-listed Chinese fire protection firm. The MBO, backed by private equity firm Bain Capital, comes amid a wave of "take China privates" aimed at exploiting valuations depressed by fraud scandals at some U.S.-listed Chinese firms. In response to the $9 cash bid, China Fire's board has formed a Special Committee to negotiate terms. As the committee's financial advisor, Barclays Capital must conduct financial due diligence, including the valuing of China Fire with various methods.

Mots clés : Company valuation, buyout, reverse merger, China

5 mini-cas de comptabilité de gestion - coût complet

V. MALLERET

2015

La série « 5 mini-cas de comptabilité de gestion » comporte 5 problèmes ou mini-cas situés dans des contextes fictifs variés et traite essentiellement de calculs de coûts complets ; elle aborde les sujets suivants: définition des objets de coûts, structure des centres d'analyse ou activités, choix d'unités d'œuvre (ou cost driver), calcul et analyse de différents niveaux de marge.
Le fait de mobiliser ces outils et notions dans des situations dont l'hétérogénéité a été voulue et pensée (en termes de produits, d'activités, de structure organisationnelle) permet à l'étudiant de les assimiler en profondeur; l'étudiant prend aussi conscience du fait qu'un « bon » système de calcul des coûts passe par une compréhension des clients, des produits et des processus opérationnels de l'organisation.

Mots clés : Coût complet, comptabilité, gestion, unité d'œuvre, marge

The Days after Tomorrow: North Korea Has Fallen A, B, C, D

J. GHEZ

2015

This case is a war game, based on a fictional scenario that describes the fall of the North Korean regime and its political, economic and business consequences in the region and beyond. Participants adopt the point of view of a specific actor (like a company, a non-state actor or a foreign government) of their or their instructor's choosing. Participants need to identify opportunities and risks in a very unstable political and business context and to adapt their approach as the scenario unravels.

The scenario is divided up into four distinct sequences. For each day, participants are asked to develop a response and a strategy in the wake of the new regional architecture. Depending on the game structure that the instructor chooses, there may be debriefing sessions between each sequence, leading participants to react not only to the scenario but to the approaches taken by fellow participants as well.

Mots clés : Strategy; General management; Geopolitics; North Korea; Long, term planning; Strategic foresight; International business; Crisis management; Risk; Uncertainty; Asia; Leadership; Vision

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

Mots clés : 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.

Mots clés : 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

Le cas Edenred décrit le processus qui a conduit à la scission entre la branche Hôtellerie d'Accor et Accor Services (la division des titres de services prépayés). Ce spin-off a eu lieu en 2010 et a donné naissance à Edenred, une entreprise indépendante et cotée en bourse.
Le cas décrit ce que sont les titres de services prépayés, présente les principales caractéristiques de cette industrie puis se focalise plus particulièrement sur Edenred. Après avoir décrit la nouvelle entreprise et ses activités, le cas analyse les changements en cours dans le secteur. Ces changements pourraient modifier les relations entre les acteurs et éventuellement altérer le business model, la position stratégique et la profitabilité d'Edenred.
Les étudiants et participants doivent envisager diverses options stratégiques et choisir celles qui leur paraissent les plus pertinentes pour qu'Edenred continue à dégager une bonne rentabilité comme cela a été le cas pendant des années et conserve un cours de l'action suffisamment attractif pour les marchés financiers.

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

Combining Business and Societal Objectives at Danone

F. DALSACE, B. FAIVRE TAVIGNOT

2014

Danone is a leading European food multinational company who has been aggressively pursuing societal ("CSR") objectives for more than 40 years, and has developed an even more ambitious dual project since 2008. In 2011, in the aftermath of the worldwide crisis, the firm finds it increasingly difficult to meet its growth and profit objectives. Some voices in the Executive Committee are complaining that the societal agenda is putting undue pressure on the business.

The case briefly outlines Danone history and describes the organization and platforms enabling the firm to implement its new vision, which integrates business and societal objectives. The different platforms are illustrated by 12 examples of societal projects conducted throughout the world. In many instances the case hints at the way Danone uses CSR as a lever for transforming the company.

Danone needs to reexamine its societal approach to see whether it hinders or helps achieve business results. This begs the questions of 1) the legitimacy of Danone's management to develop these CSR initiatives 2) the method chosen by the firm to do so (how is Danone developing its dual approach?) and 3) the results accomplished so far.

Mots clés : Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), General Strategy, Inclusive Business Models, Social Business.

Freedom for Noses!

T. PARIS, G. LANG

2014

The case is about an SME in the luxury perfume sector.
Its founder, an insider in the sector, created it after seeing that the sector was finding it increasingly difficult to offer atypical and original designer perfumes, and that a certain number of consumers were growing frustrated. This observation led him to create his own company and devise a different business model.
The case comprises two parts, which can be addressed successively or separately. The first part leads students to carefully analyze the perfumery sector and the causes of these problems, and then to identify business opportunities to offer a range of products that guarantees a high level of creativity. The second part describes the business model of the company, its operation, positioning and offer and raises the issues of business development.

Mots clés : Perfume Industry, Luxury, Business Model, Business Development, Innovation

Glass Hostaria – Restaurant Innovation in the Heart of Trastevere

S. SALVEMINI, G. CINQUE, P. V. MANNUCCI

2014

This case study is about strategic growth in a creative industry. It presents the steps undertaken by a highly symbolic organisation in order to acquire and maintain a distinctive position in a very competitive environment. Moreover, the case discusses the organisational structure and culture that help in fostering innovation and quality, and offer an interesting example of women’s entrepreneurship. Glass Hostaria is a Michelin-starred restaurant based in Trastevere, a neighborhood in Rome renowned for its stereotypical and fake traditional trattorias. In a relatively short period, Glass succeeded in creating for itself a distinctive position and image. This was achieved thanks to its unique mix of innovation, tradition and managerial practices. The continuous growth in quality and popularity led Glass to gain a Michelin star, a result that was hoped but unexpected. This accomplishment brought Glass management and staff to face a series of radical strategic choices for the future. The case highlights Glass key success factors by presenting the restaurant philosophy, its managerial practices and organisational structure.

Mots clés : Entrepreneurship; Women's entrepreneurship; Food and beverage; Restaurant business; Management; Strategy; Enogastronomy; Michelin-starred restaurants; Creative industry; Innovation

Jerónimo Calderón and euforia: Mobilizing youth for social impact

F. HOOS, E. HENRY

2014

Since its founding in 2007, euforia - a Swiss social initiative "by youth, for youth" - and hundreds of volunteers have administered dozens of events and activities that have offered concrete opportunities for over 3,500 youth to make a social impact. euforia and its co-founder Jerónimo Calderón have been recognized for catalyzing social change both within Switzerland and internationally, attracting support from a range of national and international partners. Originally focusing on certain core programmatic offerings, euforia also experimented with new initiatives and funding sources as it grew. As a result, in 2013, euforia was at a crossroads. It could continue down the path of revising its business model to scale its activities; pull back to preserve its original youth-centric social mission, organizational structure, and programs; or find a solution somewhere in between.

Mots clés : Social Entrepreneurship, social impact, social value, impact investing, double bottom line, social mission, scaling, social business, business model, non, profit.