The Beer Game is a competitive supply chain simulation that improves on the learning outcomes of the classic Beer Game developed at MIT. Students still assume one of four supply chain positions, but in the second game, profile participants can have full visibility of the entire supply chain (information regarding inventory on hand, incoming shipments, and demand), and each member of the supply cha
This online exercise describes the beginnings of the product-design process at a fictitious firm, PFG Bank (PFG). PFG has a variety of different products (12 versions of a credit card) and detailed information, summarized by a credit score, about several thousand potential customers. The question at hand is which product(s) should be offered through direct mail to which customers. PFG's answer (so
Effective, persuasive analytical writing is a critical management skill. This note trains students to write to the needs and expectations of their readers with objectivity and efficiency, whether they are writing memos, e-mails, research reports, technical briefings, position papers, or recommendations for action.
This case examines an innovative project finance solution in the renewables industry. In 2015, the CEO of EDP Renováveis, S.A. (EDPR), the world's third-largest wind energy producer, was being briefed by the U.S. finance team on the financing of a 200 MW "wind farm" (or wind power plant). EDPR had ambitious growth targets and to keep its capital structure targets it was doing this capital investme
When a former middle manager of a technology manufacturing company becomes a general manager, he finds his new role more stressful. There are complaints from sales reps about delayed shipments to customers, and workers are protesting the new climate survey he initiated in an attempt to learn more about how employees feel. Also EEOC regulations have forced him to study how well his employees are tr
The Strategist's Toolkit is designed for anyone needing to engage in any kind of strategic planning exercise: basic or advanced. Paired with case studies, the toolkit trains adherents to think strategically by developing a mechanized way to think through problems. With practice, readers will develop a seamless process for analyzing strategic problems and presenting coherent solutions. Arranged in
Students are in the role of Target Corporation's CFO considering the pros and cons of a variety of capital-investment proposals. The CFO is preparing his thoughts prior to a meeting of the Capital Expenditure Committee (CEC) with other Target senior executives to consider the merits of 10 capital-project requests (CPR), 5 of which are expected to require extra attention. Each CPR has a "dashboard"
On July 5, 2001, Kimi Ford, a portfolio manager at NorthPoint Group, a mutual-fund management firm, pored over analyst write-ups of Nike, Inc., the athletic-shoe manufacturer. Nike's share price had declined significantly from the beginning of the year. Ford was considering buying some shares for the fund she managed, the NorthPoint Large-Cap Fund, which was invested mostly in Fortune 500 companie