This case was designed as an introduction to a finance course or a module on capital markets. Alternatively, it could be used as a basic introduction to methods of valuing a firm. A detailed teaching note provides instructors with a teaching plan for either scenario. Set in August 2015, students are asked to evaluate Warren Buffett's decision to acquire the aerospace-parts supplier Precision Castp
Numerous situations require sequencing objects. Several factors can be taken into account, such as creating contrast, avoiding satiation, satisfying impatience, or managing anticipation and recall. In this case, the music director of a rock and roll band uses sequencing to order a band's set list for an upcoming concert. Although the lead singer has chosen 15 songs the music director wants to use
This case is set on the verge of Microsoft initiating a TV white-space pilot in the Philippines in the summer of 2013; the uncertainty surrounding the new technology's performance in the region provides a view of the risks organizations face early on in the innovation process, particularly when decisions are decentralized and overseen at a local level.
MS and its public partners in the Philippine
This case is set on the verge of Microsoft initiating a TV white space pilot in the Philippines in the summer of 2013; the uncertainty surrounding the new technology's performance in the region provides a view of the risks organizations face early on in the innovation process, particularly when decisions are decentralized and overseen at a local level.
MS and its public partners in the Philippine
Venture capital (VC) financing of social entrepreneurs in emerging markets is challenging, mainly because of excessive due diligence costs per unit of investment capital deployed and long harvesting periods. The desire to provide early-stage firms across the globe with access to finance led the two principal members of Village Capital (VilCap) to an innovative fund structure, due diligence, and sc
This case examines the October 2015 initial public offering pricing decision for legendary Italian sports car company Ferrari by Fiat Chrysler management. Students are invited to model the value of Ferrari in light of Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne's interest in expanding production despite the company's long standing tradition of severely limiting production strategy to maintain an exclusive bran
In March 2013, the Shipston Group, the family office of billionaire industrialist Michael D. Dingman, was considering a private equity investment in the SuDa Electric Vehicle Company (SuDa), a rapidly growing maker of electric bicycles (e-bikes) in the People's Republic of China (PRC). This field-based case explores the differences between investments that are funded through a family office compar
Chris Smith had only joined the corporate finance team of the prestigious hotel concern Carter International (Carter) four weeks ago in early 2016, but was already advising the CEO in critical matters. Just that morning he had received a memo request to provide analysis related to a possible acquisition of Hope Enterprises and a change in capital structure.
In mid-September 2015, Sara Larson, the chief financial officer of this large CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) equipment manufacturer must decide whether to pay out dividends to the firm's shareholders, or repurchase stock. If Larson chooses to pay out dividends, she must also decide on the magnitude of the payout. A subsidiary question is whether the firm should embark on a campa
The case examines the scope, history, and scale of the fintech industry, while also defining what fintech may be—and what it is not. The protagonist, management consultant Carolina Costa, is tasked to advise a client bank executive regarding alternative paths into fintech that he could choose. The material includes an overview of the fintech market, including analysis of entrants from start-up in
India-based firm, Jain Irrigation Systems (Jain Irrigation), and its acquisition of NaanDan Irrigation Systems (NaanDan) offers an opportunity to explore supply chain sourcing and coordination as well as supply chain management and global innovation. At the time of the case, Jain Irrigation's supply chain focus was mainly in India and the United States. While Jain Irrigation had deep knowledge of
Patrick Bugas must determine a staffing plan to meet targets for average speed of answer (ASA) for a telephone call center. 35,000 records are included in a spreadsheet for student analysis.
This case is used in Darden's first-year required "Operations" course and in the "Management of Service Operations" elective. It would also serve well as an exam case. Pedagogically, it works best in a modul