Leadership

October 2020

Reinventing performance management at Allen & Overy

By Herminia Ibarra, Carrie J. Fletcher

By early 2019, Magic Circle law firm Allen & Overy (A&O) had replaced its longstanding, traditional annual review system with Compass, a state-of-the-art performance management process based on real-time feedback and planful career development discussions.

September 2018

David Pyott: The Battle for Allergan (B)

By Randall Peterson, Lisa Duke

This case series charts the evolution of the hostile battle for Allergan and its ultimate sale to a white knight, Actavis. David Pyott had been the CEO of Allergan since January 1998; only the third…

December 2020

Jean-Philippe Courtois at Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations: Empowering Digital Success

By Herminia Ibarra, Adam Jones

When Jean-Philippe Courtois took control of Microsoft’s global sales, marketing and operations in 2016, reporting directly to CEO Satya Nadella, he realised that he needed to lead the organisation away from an “inspection culture” towards…

August 2020

Jean-Philippe Courtois at Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations: Empowering Digital Success (Spanish)

By Herminia Ibarra

When Jean-Philippe Courtois took control of Microsoft’s global sales, marketing and operations in 2016, reporting directly to CEO Satya Nadella, he realised that he needed to lead the organisation away from an “inspection culture” towards…

June 2016

Satya Nadella at Microsoft: Instilling a Growth Mindset (Spanish)

By Herminia Ibarra

When Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft in 2014, he inherited a firm fading toward irrelevance, plagued by internal fights and inertia. Earlier that year his wife, Anu, had given him a best-selling…

May 2019

The Maestro Marin Alsop – Leading “Under a Huge Magnifying Glass”

By Randall Peterson, Vyla Rollins, Carrie J. Fletcher

This case study follows the career of world-renowned orchestra conductor Marin Alsop. As a woman in a blatantly male-dominated (and often sexist) field, Alsop faced significant challenges in her rise to the top of the…

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…

April 2019

Clarasys: Born Agile by Taking Groups Seriously

By Randall Peterson

In March 2015, London-based management consultancy Clarasys found itself in crisis. Established in 2011, the company had experienced consistent growth since foundation and had expanded staffing levels to service new business accordingly. But it…

March 2018

Turning Around KBC in 2009-2016 (C)

By Costas Markides, Daniel Oyon, Lisa Duke

This is part of a case series. The case describes the turnaround of the Belgian bank KBC under the leadership of Johan Thijs in the period 2009-2016. The case is made up of three parts…

March 2018

Turning Around KBC in 2009-2016 (B)

By Costas Markides, Daniel Oyon, Lisa Duke

This is part of a case series. The case describes the turnaround of the Belgian bank KBC under the leadership of Johan Thijs in the period 2009-2016. The case is made up of three parts…