In 2017, it was a challenge to assess the future of global trade. It was an open question whether the U.S. financial crisis and the recession that it triggered would mark a turning point for the liberal post-World War II world order. If one looked toward Europe, China, Latin America, and Japan, there was a flurry of activity. New trade agreements were being completed and pursued. In Washington, DC
Sonvilier Pen is an elite manufacturer of high-quality ballpoint and fountain pens, producing over three million units annually. Six months earlier, the COO for Sonvilier Pen had gotten a proposal to outsource two pen components to Li Manufacturing, a specialist in the molding and production of intricate metals, located in southeastern China. The proposal was intriguing, but there were a number of
UPLiFT, a microfinance NGO in the Philippines that provided microfinance and social services for the urban poor, was deciding whether to try to attain fast growth (tripling its clients in just a few years) or concentrate on serving the community in the philanthropic way it always had. The case presents UPLiFT's mission and operations, as well as the opportunities and challenges it faced in 2014.
This is the Russian translation of the August 2005 version of UVA-QA-0657. The manager of a paper plant must decide whether to buy a new electrode boiler to replace a natural gas boiler. The challenge is to cut through complexities, such as uncertainty in boiler efficiency, energy prices, financing alternatives, and supplier/competitor relationships to arrive at a first-cut analysis and decision.
This is a Russian translation of the 2012 version of UVA-S-0194. Suitable for MBA, Executive MBA, GEMBA, and executive education programs, this case uses CEMEX, a global cement producer based in Mexico, to set the stage for unfolding an analysis of a growth through acquisition strategy. It offers a discussion about the firm's overall strategy to acquire on a global scale instead of growing organic
Olaf Tryggvason, owner of a fleet of fishing ships in a small northern Norwegian town, has been offered and has accepted a reality television deal about the fleet to create a show along the lines of "The Deadliest Catch" and "Big Shrimpin'." He now has to recommend which ships and kapteiner (skippers or captains) in his fleet should be the stars of the show. He also has to consider the various dan
As part of a biennial supplier review, Jennifer Schramm, a purchasing manager in the cocoa and chocolate division at Cardinal Foods, had been considering several different cocoa cooperatives. She wanted to (1) source high-quality cocoa in the proper particle sizes, (2) source cocoa from environmentally and socially conscious producers, (3) keep the cost of cocoa sourcing as low as possible, and (4
In this case a business school student, Kate Maxwell, must decide whether to accept a job offer in wealth management or pursue her dream of building her own company around healthy gummy snacks for children. Because Maxwell's gummies rely on high-quality, fresh ingredients that are more expensive than those used in similar gummy snacks, they would have to carry a hefty price premium in the marketpl
The president of the Belgian consumer goods subsidiary of a large American conglomerate thought he had inherited a loyal, lean, efficient, and capable management team to help him accelerate the growth and profitability of the decades-old, moderately successful subsidiary. Yet after six months in his current position, not much had improved. Financial performance had not regressed?just not expanded
The president of the Belgian consumer goods subsidiary had made a conscious effort to engage his direct reports in ways that he felt aligned with their personalities. He had noticed some modest changes in the weekly management team meetings?all team members had begun taking advantage of opportunities to contribute to the deliberations, posing questions, and raising some minor concerns. Now a repla
In early August 2017, the majority owner of a popular American football team was facing a troubling dilemma. The preseason was set to start in less than a week, and the team's starting quarterback was battling a devastating knee injury. Unfortunately, the next player in line for this position was still quite green.. It was time to explore signing a free-agent quarterback who could give the team a
The case describes a hypothetical hedge fund manager who is examining whether to invest in bitcoin. The case discusses potential risks and rewards of investing in bitcoin, the role of bitcoin and digital currencies more broadly, and financial innovation in the space, such as ICOs. It can be taught as part of a second-year MBA elective course in investments, financial institutions/capital markets,