Case, Simulation & Pedagogy

The ISB has constantly endeavoured to facilitate teaching excellence and upgrade pedagogy by bringing real-world knowledge into the classroom. One of the important ways it achieves this is through the development of business cases and simulations that enrich understanding of real-life management challenges at every level. In this pursuit, we have partnered with the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario (Ivey), Canada to develop and promote high-quality case studies specific to India and the emerging markets with the support of ISB faculty as well as faculty from other leading B-schools worldwide.

Cases. "Eggscellence: SKM Egg Products Export (India) Limited", 2018Centre for Learning and Management PracticeRead Description >Close >Discipline: Entrepreneurship, International, Marketing
Industry: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Length: 12p
Subjects covered:  global marketing strategy, Indian SME, small and medium enterprises, turn around, sustaining value
Publication Date: May 24, 2018
 
Description: 
SKM Egg Products Export (India) Limited (SKM) manufactured processed egg products, including egg powder and liquid egg, which it exported to advanced international markets. The company had gone through phases of turnaround, countering challenges and a severe debt overload. In 2016, it had overseas subsidiaries in Japan, the Netherlands, and Russia. The chief executive officer had promoted SKM’s use of technology, quality processes, and accreditations to move up the value chain. India was the third-largest egg producer in the world, and he saw India’s specific advantages of scale and a mature eco-system in egg production, collection, feed, and poultry as logical elements for selecting an export-led growth strategy. He was planning another turnaround to counter a 20 per cent revenue hit that his top line had suffered in 2016–17 because of the impact of the 2015 avian flu epidemic in the United States and the resulting drop in global egg-product consumption and prices. His mission was to make SKM a ₹7.5 billion company by 2022. What actions should the company take regarding genetically modified crops? How should it approach opportunities to import feed material ingredients, eggs, and egg products from other source countries? Should it consolidate its overseas operations and leverage the domestic market? If so, how?

Learning objective:
This case can be used in undergraduate or graduate courses on international marketing, international business, and emerging markets, particularly in units on emerging-market companies becoming globally competitive. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
  • Describe how an emerging-market company can succeed as a global player by leveraging its first-mover advantage as well as costs and other advantages of an emerging economy.
  • Explain the importance of including the development of sustainable capabilities in technology, quality processes, product development, and accreditation as part of a business model in relation to global competitiveness.
  • Describe the use of public–private partnerships in greenfield projects.
  • Describe how an emerging-market company can use strategic alliance as a global market entry strategy.
  • Outline the advantages of operating a business with concern for the environment and a triple bottom line.
  • Identify future opportunities and recommend suitable growth strategies for an emerging-market company such as SKM.

     


CasesDevalkar, Sripad K., Deo, Sarang., Vaidya, Akshay.,Gokhale, Meghana. "ATMYDOORSTEPS.COM: BREAKING GROUND IN THE ONLINE GROCERY MARKET IN INDIA", ISB Case Collection distributed through HBS Publishing, Forthcoming
CasesNupur Pavan Bang, Kavil Ramachandran. "Dodla's Dilemma", 2018Centre for Learning and Management PracticeRead Description >Close >

Discipline: General Management
Length: 13p
Subjects covered: Succession issues, Stewardship, Corporate governance, Leadership & Managing people, Family businesses, Family-owned businesses
Publication Date: May 01, 2018
 
Description: 
D. Sunil Reddy established Dodla Dairy in 1995 in Nellore district of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. An industrial engineer from Mangalore University, Sunil set up Dodla as a greenfield company at the age of 27 with seed money provided by his father. He was inspired by his grandparents and father to help those in need grow and flourish and by Mahatma Gandhi's call to "reach out to rural India". The company had grown well over the years. In fiscal 2015-16, it achieved an annual turnover of over INR 11 billion and aimed to touch INR 25 billion in revenues by 2020. It had a workforce of more than 2,000 employees, procured about a million liters of milk per day from 250,000 milk producers, and processed and sold milk and milk products at 67 locations in nine states in India. In 2011, Private equity fund Proterra invested INR 1.1 billion in Dodla, bringing down the family's shareholding from 100% to 76.34% (it would later go down to 72.3%). Sunil knew that if the company had to move to the next orbit, both in terms of size (revenues, assets and market share) and professionalization, certain organizational changes would be necessary. He wondered what these changes would be and who would make them. How could he better prepare himself and the company for the future? How would the company move from being a family-owned enterprise to a professionally run, sustainable organization? Would one of his daughters join the organization, bringing freshness to the company while providing continuity in terms of family values? Would the company be run by an outsider? "Who after me?", thought Sunil. He often wondered whether the brand "Dodla" and the company he had founded would sustain beyond himself. While he continued his efforts to increase capacity, expand and capture more market share, he kept asking himself, "What next" and "How do I build a legacy?

Learning objective:

The case takes students through the journey of an entrepreneur who built a very successful company and has reached a stage in the company's growth and his own life where he is uncertain what future course to take. Students should be able to discuss the dilemmas faced by the founder, Sunil Dodla, and come up with options that are available to him to tackle them.



CasesNavneet Bhatnagar, Kavil Ramachandran. "Touchdown Footwear on a Slippery Slope", 2018Centre for Learning and Management PracticeRead Description >Close >

Discipline: General Management
Length: 11p
Subjects covered: Professionalism, Succession issues, Emerging markets, Stewardship, Corporate governance, Organizational management, Leadership & Managing people, Family businesses
Publication Date: May 10, 2018
 
Description: 
This case is based on the professionalization and governance challenges faced by Touchdown Footwear Limited (TFL), a mid-sized Indian footwear manufacturing family business. TFL was set up in 1965 in the southern Indian city of Mangalore by three brothers, Ramnath, Krishna and Ganesh Pai who had inherited their father's rubber trading business. Initially, TFL made flip-flops and catered to the local market. Over the years, it had expanded the product portfolio to include school shoes and other non-leather footwear. By 2016 TFL had a pan-India presence with some exports to African markets. In the early years, the three brothers managed all the functions of the business. When the next generation came of age and joined the firm in the 1970s and '80s, they took up various roles based largely on business exigencies. By 2016, TFL had a turnover of INR 16.19 billion but lacked professional management and a clear strategy. In the absence of an appropriate structure, systems and processes, decision-making was ad hoc. Inefficiencies and wastage were evident across the organization, and working capital was under severe strain. The firm suffered from a deficit of governance at both the family and business systems. The lack of clear policies and processes delayed many crucial decisions. Earlier attempts to professionalize the business had failed to achieve the desired results as family members lacked clear policies to follow and were unable to change their mindset. Furthermore, when the fourth generation began to enter the business, there were questions about their level of commitment and discipline. TFL required transitional change on multiple fronts to sustain the business but there was lack of clarity on the roadmap for the future.

Learning objective:

The case aims to help the participants recognize and effectively manage the challenges of professionalization and governance that a small family business faces during the process of growth and transition into a larger organization. This case serves as a tool for understanding and mapping the transition needed on three dimensions of - (1) Strategy, (2) Professionalization, and (3) Family Governance, as a family business crosses the initial threshold of growth in its life cycle.



CasesSubramaniam Ramnarayan, Sunita Mehta. "Implementing Fortis Operating System (A) & (B)", 2018Centre for Learning and Management PracticeRead Description >Close >Discipline: Organizational Behaviour/Leadership
Industry: Health Care Services
Length: 16p
Subjects covered: change management, organizational change, health care management, leadership
Publication Date: June 29, 2018
 
Description: 
This case series allows students to examine the dynamics of an organization-wide operating system change that was implemented over a decade from 2007 to 2017. The change was initially introduced at Fortis Healthcare Limited in a single hospital and later successfully scaled up to multiple locations. The system worked well for some years before it fell victim to gradual degeneration and defocus. At some stage in the journey of change, this degeneration and defocus was noticed, and a fresh effort was made to revive the change at different locations. Thus, the case series gives students the opportunity to examine the different stages of a change journey—the introduction of change; transferring it to multiple locations; sustaining change; possible .degeneration or defocus, leading to ritualization and loss of spirit; and the rejuvenation of change.

In Implementing Fortis Operating System (A), the president of strategy and organizational development at Fortis Healthcare Limited had to decide on a plan scale up change quickly and effectively.

Supplements:   9B18C019 (11 pages)

Learning objective:
This case can be used in courses on leadership, change management, and health care management at the post-graduate level. It is also suitable for executive education classes. Working through the (A) case allows students to
  • examine the nuances of a change implemented in a single hospital and of building a provision to scale up the change to multiple locations;
  • understand the various contributors to the success of a change effort, including the role of consultants;
  • understand how to apply Kotter’s 8-Step change model for initiating and implementing change; and
  • understand the factors that affect the scaling up of a change.


CasesBang, Nupur Pavan., Ramachandran, Kavil. "Dodla's Dilemma", Emerald Publishing Limited, Harvard Publishing, 2018Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family EnterpriseRead Description >Close >D. Sunil Reddy established Dodla Dairy in the year 1995 at Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, as a greenfield company. An industrial engineer from Mangalore University, Sunil started Dodla Dairy at the age of 27, with the seed money given by his father. He would often wonder if the brand ‘Dodla’ and the Company sustain beyond ‘Sunil Dodla’. While Sunil continues to put in efforts to increase capacity, expand and capture more market share, he keeps asking himself, “What next”, “How do I build a legacy?” If the company had to move to the next orbit, both in term of size (revenues, assets, market share) as well as professionalization, certain organizational changes were necessary. “What were these changes and who would do it?” How could Sunil better prepare himself and the company for the future? How would the company move from being a family owned enterprise to a professionally run, sustainable organization? Would one of his daughters bring about that freshness by joining the company and yet provide continuity in terms of the family values? Would it be an outsider? “Who after me?” thought Sunil. After two decades, a certain degree of fatigue was beginning to set in and he had been contemplating his own role in the company. The days when he was under pressure or had a bad day, he would think of selling off the company, take the money and live peacefully ever after. On the other days, he would think of building a sustainable organization and leaving a legacy!

CasesBhatnagar, Navneet., Ramachandran, Kavil. "Touchdown Footwear on Slippery Slope", Emerald Publishing Limited, Harvard Publishing, 2018Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family EnterpriseRead Description >Close >This case is based on the professionalization and governance challenges faced by Touchdown Footwear Limited (TFL) – an Indian mid-sized footwear manufacturing family business. It was setup in1965 by three brothers, Ramnath, Krishna and Ganesh Pai who had inherited their father’s rubber trading business. Initially, TFL made flip flop slippers and catered to the local market. Over the years, TFL had a larger product portfolio, and by 2013, they had a pan-India presence with some exports to African markets. In the early years, the three brothers managed all functions. As the next generation grew up, they started joining the firm and took up different roles often based on business exigencies. By 2013, TFL had a turnover of 6.23 INR, but lacked a clear strategy and professional management. In the absence of appropriate structure, systems and processes, decision-making was ad-hoc. Inefficiencies and wastages were evident all across, and working capital was under severe strain. The firm suffered from governance deficit at both family and business levels. Lack of clear policies and processes delayed many crucial decisions. Earlier attempts to professionalize the business failed to achieve the desired results as family members neither had clear policies nor could change their mindset. Besides, there were questions about the level of commitment and discipline of the next generation. Vivek, the case protagonist, who managed TFL’s finances, realized the need for a transitional change on multiple fronts to sustain the business but was unclear about roadmap.

CasesKannan, Srikanth; Shah, Geetika. "Ashok Leyland (A): Reaching For the Stars - Embarking on a New Vision and Strategy", 2018Centre for Learning and Management PracticeRead Description >Close >Discipline: Strategy
Industry: Automotive
Length: 14p
Subjects covered: Growth, Turnaround strategies, Acquisitions, Vision, Execution, Strategy, Implementing strategy
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
 
Description: 
This case documents the history of Ashok Leyland (AL), the second largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in India, and captures its growth and journey up to 2007, when the company adopted its new vision of more than doubling in size in a fairly mature industry. The challenge that the case poses to students is to understand how the firm, widely regarded as a small player globally and as a regional one even within India, could fulfill this ambitious vision.

Learning objective:
To examine the challenges in managing an aggressive vision for growth.

CasesKannan, Srikanth; Shah, Geetika. "Ashok Leyland (B): Shattered Dreams - Transformation For Survival", 2018Centre for Learning and Management PracticeRead Description >Close >Discipline: Strategy
Industry: Automotive
Length: 14p
Subjects covered: Growth, Turnaround strategies, Acquisitions, Vision, Execution, Strategy, Implementing strategy
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
 
Description: 
The second part of this two-part case examines the actions that Ashok Leyland (AL) took to achieve its aggressive growth plan and the consequences it faced when there was an abrupt negative demand shock. The case describes the challenge before AL's management when faced with bankruptcy, and invites readers to consider how this once-proud company could be transformed and led towards profitability and growth.

Learning objective:
  1. To illustrate how a firm's performance and survival is impacted in a recessionary environment with declining industry factors.
  2. To evaluate business turnaround and recovery strategies available to firms operating in challenging economic conditions.
  3. To discuss the challenges in implementing and adjusting to tough strategies that would eventually take the firm on a path of recovery.


CasesKannan, Srikanth; Shah, Geetika. "Ashok Leyland: Shattered Dreams - Transformation For Survival (Combined Version)", 2018Centre for Learning and Management PracticeRead Description >Close >Discipline: Strategy
Industry: Automotive
Length: 14p
Subjects covered: Growth, Turnaround strategies, Acquisitions, Vision, Execution, Strategy, Implementing strategy
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
 
Description: 
Case A & B (ISB113 & ISB115) have also been made available in a combined version.

Learning objective:
  1. To examine the challenges in managing an aggressive vision for growth.
  2. To illustrate how a firm's performance and survival is impacted in a recessionary environment with declining industry factors.
  3. To evaluate business turnaround and recovery strategies available to firms operating in challenging economic conditions.
  4. To discuss the challenges in implementing and adjusting to tough strategies that would eventually take the firm on a path of recovery.


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