Corporate strategy

July 2020

Haier’s (2019) ecosystem revolution: From Rendanheyi 2.0 to Rendanheyi 3.0

By Michael Jacobides, Lisa Duke

2019 was an important year for Haier. Its new version of its radically decentralised structure, dubbed Rendanheyi 2.0, based on many independent ‘Ecosystem Micro-enterprise Communities’ (EMCs) had been devised to help it respond to the…

April 2015

Thomson Reuters: Building a Risk-Management Business

By Julian Birkinshaw, Stefano Turconi

The case tells the story of the evolution of Thomson Reuters’ risk business, from its creation in 2010 as Thomson Reuters GRC (governance, risk and compliance) to its position as a $700 million revenue…

February 2019

Jack Ma at Alibaba: Building a Learning Organisation

By Herminia Ibarra, Jessica Spungin

In September 2018 Alibaba’s co-founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma, announced his plans to step down from the $420 billion Chinese internet company to pursue philanthropy in education. The case describes the evolution of Alibaba’s…

January 2016

Unilever Foundry

By Julian Birkinshaw, Shahnoor Meghani

This case focuses on the Unilever Foundry, a platform for Unilever to engage with start-ups and entrepreneurs, providing them with access to Unilever’s brands as a means of enabling their growth while bringing innovative technology…

September 2011

The Rise and Fall of Nokia

By Julian Birkinshaw, Lisa Duke

The case describes Nokia’s spectacular rise and fall, shedding light on the combination of external factors and internal decisions that resulted in the company’s handset business being sold to Microsoft in 2010.During the successful period…

March 2017

Raising capital for Financial Butler (C)

By Bryan Stroube, Michael Bikard, Ken Mark

This case focuses on Nick Hungerford’s attempt to raise capital for his FinTech start-up, Financial Butler, (later renamed Nutmeg). The concept is a digital platform offering a revolutionary, transparent and fair service to an “untapped”…

March 2017

Raising capital for Financial Butler (B)

By Bryan Stroube, Michael Bikard, Ken Mark

This case focuses on Nick Hungerford’s attempt to raise capital for his FinTech start-up, Financial Butler, (later renamed Nutmeg). The concept is a digital platform offering a revolutionary, transparent and fair service to an “untapped”…

March 2017

Raising capital for Financial Butler (A)

By Bryan Stroube, Michael Bikard, Ken Mark

This case focuses on Nick Hungerford’s attempt to raise capital for his FinTech start-up, Financial Butler, (later renamed Nutmeg). The concept is a digital platform offering a revolutionary, transparent and fair service to an “untapped”…

September 2016

ING Bank: Creating an Agile Organisation

By Julian Birkinshaw, Scott Duncan

Set in 2016, this case describes ING Bank’s implementation of a radical new way of working using agile principles. ING’s agile way of working has been written up in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review…

November 2012

innocent Drinks: Maintaining Socially Responsible Values During Growth (B)

By Celia Moore, Luis Fischer, Mike McCarthy

This is part of a case series. This case explores the process a social venture went through in raising funds to expand its business. The case focuses on the risks and opportunities of possible funding…