Digital transformation

April 2024

The Transformation of Digital China: Harnessing the Potential of Data, Cloud and AI

By Julian Birkinshaw, Dickie Liang-Hong Ke

The case, set in 2024, describes the transformation of Digital China, a large IT services company in China that had grown proactively and ambitiously into new digital services, including artificial intelligence (AI). The case briefly describes the company’s background so we can see how it has evol...

April 2024

HDFC ERGO: A product ecosystem built on mindshare

By Michael Jacobides, Anubhab Goel, Dalbert Ma, Aryan Mittal

Anuj Tyagi, Joint Managing Director of HDFC ERGO, is facing the challenge of transcending the traditional limitations of insurance interactions and establishing a significant presence in customers’ minds beyond annual transactions. The case explores the context of the insurance industry in India b...

April 2024

From PingAn’s inspiration to HDFC ERGO’s journey: Building an insurance-based ecosystem

By Michael Jacobides, Anubhab Goel, Dalbert Ma, Aryan Mittal

Beginning with an exploration of insurance player Ping An’s evolution to contrast with HDFC ERGO’s strategy adaptation to the Indian market, this case sheds light on HDFC ERGO’s strategic shift towards a mindshare-centric ecosystem from its roots as a digitised insurance provider in India. ...

February 2024

Digital Dubai: Making Dubai the Digital Capital of the World

By Julian Birkinshaw, Neil King

When the Dubai Government announced in 2021 that it had processed its last-ever paper transaction, becoming the first government in the world to go paperless, it completed a 20-year journey of digital transformation that changed people’s lives across the emirate fundamentally. Since launching i...

November 2021

Pass the Keys (B)

By John Mullins

The past year, 2019, had been an exhilarating one for Alex Lyakhotskiy and his team. Buoyed by a new franchise model that was working well for opening new cities, alongside better execution in some of the company’s existing cities, Pass the Keys’ growth had accelerated. Happily, it was looking l...

November 2021

Pass the Keys (A)

By John Mullins

It was a cold, blustery February morning in 2019. Pass the Keys co-founders Alex Lyakhotskiy and Zoe Vu were reflecting with their team on the three and a half years that their fast-growing company had been in business. “We’re now managing 480 properties in nine cities across the UK. Most of our...

June 2020

Enel S.p.A.: A Traditional Utility Embraces the Digital Revolution

By Julian Birkinshaw, Ken Mark

The case study describes the digital transformation of Enel under the leadership of Francesco Starace from 2014 to 2019. Enel is one of Europe’s largest utilities, providing electricity to 71 million customers across Europe and South America. It is also an impressive success story. At the time the...

June 2020

Zensar Technologies

By Julian Birkinshaw, Tanvi Deshpande

The case study describes the digital transformation of Zensar Technologies Ltd. under CEO Sandeep Kishore. Zensar was a mid-tier IT services company based in Pune, India; profitable and successful but without any obvious differentiating features and with relatively weak growth. On his arrival in 20...

March 2022

Burberry’s Digital Strategy

By Donald Sull, Stefano Turconi, Sanam Zanjani

The case analyses how Burberry developed and executed a strategy centered on millennial consumers, British appeal and distinctive digital capabilities, transforming the sesquicentennial brand into an international luxury powerhouse. Burberry’s digital transformation was spearheaded by CEO Angela A...