Entrepreneurship

May 2024

Avon International: Imagining a Refill Program in Turkey

By Ioannis Ioannou, Ken Mark, Lisa Duke

The case explores the role of sustainability initiatives in Avon's business strategy and how they align with its mission of empowering women. It also discusses the potential financial and operational implications of the yet-to-be implemented idea of a refill program, including changes to supply chai...

May 2024

The HASSLACHER Group: The Capital Equipment Decision

By Ioannis Ioannou, Ken Mark

A visitor to Sachsenburg, a quiet village nestled in the Austrian Alps, might not know that it was the headquarters of the Hasslacher Group, Europe’s largest producer of glued laminated timber. It was early May 2022 and Christoph Kulterer, CEO of the Hasslacher Group, wanted to decide what to do w...

November 2023

Intel Case (A): 1968-1985

By Freek Vermeulen

This case series describes the growth journey of Intel from its launch in 1968 in Santa Clara, California to 2019 under the leadership of its various CEOs. Intel first became a leader in semiconductor memory by pioneering new technology that allowed it to increase the number of circuits on a chip wh...

November 2023

Intel Case (B): 1985-1998

By Freek Vermeulen

This case series describes the growth journey of Intel from its launch in 1968 in Santa Clara, California to 2019 under the leadership of its various CEOs. Intel first became a leader in semiconductor memory by pioneering new technology that allowed it to increase the number of circuits on a chip wh...

November 2023

Intel Case (C): 1998-2019

By Freek Vermeulen

This case series describes the growth journey of Intel from its launch in 1968 in Santa Clara, California to 2019 under the leadership of its various CEOs. Intel first became a leader in semiconductor memory by pioneering new technology that allowed it to increase the number of circuits on a chip wh...

May 2023

Tata Sky: Experimentation and adoption (B)

By Jessica Spungin, Julian Birkinshaw, Harit Nagpal

Harit Nagpal, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Sky Ltd, the largest satellite TV distribution platform in India, was returning from the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas. What he had seen there was enough to make him question the viability of the business he headed. He did not want to thi...

March 2023

Finance for Entrepreneurial Companies: Financing Instruments – Technical Note (Spanish language)

By John Mullins, Robert M Johnson, Steve Pesenti

Brand valuation is the process of estimating the financial value of a brand. The valuation of brands as intangible assets emerged in the 1980s, when brands were first capitalized on post-M&A balance sheets. Brands are also valued for non-reporting purposes...

February 2023

Lynda Weinman

By John Mullins

Lynda Weinman and her husband Bruce Heavin had built a modest but thriving training business, focused on teaching users how to put the latest digital graphic design tools, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, to work. Having survived a difficult period following the terrorist attacks in New York City ...

June 2022

Anne Boden at Starling Bank: Disrupting an industry

By Herminia Ibarra, Luisa Alemany, Nick Mickshik, Ken Mark

The case describes the start-up and evolution of UK-based digital bank Starling. Founded in 2014, Starling offered personal and business accounts, and lending products, promising a better customer-service experience, faster approvals and a more digital-friendly approach than traditional banks. By 20...

July 2021

The ‘Funding Buffet’: Understanding the sources of capital to finance your venture – Technical Note

By Luisa Alemany, Gary Dushnitsky

This technical note is an introduction to the world of financing entrepreneurial ventures. It is a primer on the different stages of a business and the different types of financing available. Most of the capital that high-growth entrepreneurial businesses will secure to fund their future plans is pr...