Marketing

October 2013

Nokia Siemens Networks: Branding a Global Merger from the Inside Out

By Simona Botti, Nader Tavassoli, Gudrun Herrmann

A handful of global players dominated the telecommunications infrastructure industry in 2007. The benefits to scale were significant: substantial funding requirements were necessary to sustain continuous innovation and development of networks, products and services; key…

January 2019

Brand Valuation: What, How and Why?

By Nader Tavassoli

As Chief Marketing Officer of a privately held Swiss luxury goods company, Lena Müller was tasked with valuing the company’s brand, whose products traded under the same name as the company itself. The reason her…

January 2008

Silverglide Surgical Technologies (B)

By John Mullins

This is a two-case series. From a rocky perch above the city of Boulder, Colorado, Jon Thorne gazed across the city and onto the great plains that stretched eastward before him. ‘There’s nothing like a…

January 2008

Silverglide Surgical Technologies (A)

By John Mullins

This is a two-case series. From a rocky perch above the city of Boulder, Colorado, Jon Thorne gazed across the city and onto the great plains that stretched eastward before him. ‘There’s nothing like a…

August 2018

Pearl River Piano: Tuning in to the Global Market

By J B Steenkamp, Nirmalya Kumar

This case traces the rise of Chinese piano maker Pearl River Piano (PRP) from a factory with dirt floors producing just four pianos a month using crude machinery to the world’s largest acoustic piano maker…

August 2018

M-Pesa & Nick Hughes

By Lisa Duke, Rajesh Chandy

It was February 2009, and Nick Hughes, head of Global Payment Solutions at Vodafone, contemplated his notes as he waited to enter the company’s Executive Meeting at its headquarters in Newbury, amid the Berkshire countryside…

December 2018

M-KOPA Solar: Using Digital Disruption to Connect the World’s Poor

By Nader Tavassoli

Launched in East Africa, M-KOPA is an innovative pay-as-you-go solar system that provides reliable energy to low-income households. To serve these customers profitably, M-KOPA’s solution relies on digital innovation and the integrated adaptation of every…

August 2013

Galanz: From Price Killer to Consumer Brand Innovator?

By Nirmalya Kumar, J B Steenkamp, Jiaxun He

Chinese company Galanz was the world’s largest microwave oven manufacturer in 2013. It had sales of 20 million microwave ovens, group revenues of RMB46 billion (US$7.3 billion) and 46,000 employees. Founded in 1978, it started…

January 2012

Nespresso: What Else?

By Nader Tavassoli

In 2011 Nespresso, the premium single-serve coffee brand of the multinational Swiss company Nestle, found itself at a crossroads. Between 2006 and 2010 Nespresso had managed to nearly triple sales – from CHF1.16 billion to…