Professional Essays Writer Tesla Motors, Inc.

Frank T. Rothaermel

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Tesla Motors, Inc. was founded in 2003 in San Carlos, CA, with the mission “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass-market electric cars to market as soon as possible.” By 2015, Tesla is now a public company that faces multiple challenges including scaling-up production, market acceptance, the lack of a clear technology standard, timing and launch of a mass-market vehicle, and increased global competition. Moreover, the competition in the automobile industry is getting more intense as gasoline price have fallen by 50 percent in the United States. CEO Elon Musk must decide how to handle these issues to keep Tesla successful.

Professional Essays Writer New Heritage Doll Company (Brief Case)

Timothy A. Luehrman, Heide Abelli

Finance & Accounting

Winner of a 2013 ecch Case AwardA manufacturer and retailer of specialty doll products must decide which of two projects to fund. The decision requires the student to compute cash flows for the 2 projects, discount values to the present and compare and contrast different project performance measures. Subjects Include: Cashflow Forecasting, Internal; Rate of Return, Corporate Finance, Capital Planning, Capital Budgeting, Net Present Value, Project Valuation, Capital Rationing, Resource Allocation.

Forecasting, Strategic planning

Professional Essays Writer Digital Microscopy at Carl Zeiss: Managing Disruption

Willy Shih

Strategy & Execution

Ulrich Simon, the head of the Microscopy business group at Carl Zeiss AG knew that his unit was facing a disruptive threat, so he chartered a special team to tackle the industrial segment. Given a high degree of autonomy, the project team developed an understanding of the marketplace challenge and proceeded to develop and execute on a new business plan. Simon gave the team ample freedom to develop new processes and priorities appropriate to the market segment needs, but he couldn’t help but wonder whether it would continue as a stand-alone unit or he would need to reintegrate it into the mainline business. He also was nervous about the plan itself. The team had established timelines and milestones, but now they had to execute and deliver thjeir first product next year.

Disruptive innovation, Marketing, Product development, Supply chain, Technology

Professional Essays Writer AQR’s Momentum Funds (A)

Daniel B. Bergstresser, Lauren H. Cohen, Randolph B. Cohen, Christopher Malloy

Finance & Accounting

AQR is a hedge fund based in Greenwich, Connecticut, that is considering offering a wholly new line of product to retail investors, namely the ability to invest in the price phenomenon known as momentum. There is a large body of empirical evidence supporting momentum across many different asset classes and countries. However, up until this point, momentum was a strategy employed nearly exclusively by hedge funds, and thus not an available investment strategy to most individual investors. This case highlights the difficulties in implementing this “mutual fund-itizing” of a hedge fund product, along with the challenges that the open-end and regulatory features that a mutual fund poses to many successful strategies implemented in other contexts. In addition, it gives students the ability to calculate and interpret various horizons of correlations between many popular investment strategies using long time-series data and then thinking about the potential complementarities of strategies from a portfolio construction context.

Product development, Regulation

Professional Essays Writer Intermountain Health Care

Richard Bohmer, Amy C. Edmondson, Laura R. Feldman

Technology & Operations

Intermountain Health Care (IHC), an integrated delivery system based in Utah, has adopted a new strategy for managing health care delivery. The approach focuses management attention not only on the facilities where care takes place but also on physician decision making and the care process itself, with the aim of boosting physician productivity and improving care quality, while saving money. This case explores the challenges facing Brent James, executive director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at IHC, as he implements new structures and systems (including a data warehouse for care outcomes, electronic patient records, computer workstations, clinical data support systems, and protocols for care) designed to support clinical process management across a geographically diverse group of physicians with varying levels of interest and dedication to IHC. Also highlights an innovative strategy for creating and disseminating knowledge at the individual and organizational levels to maintain high standards in care delivery.

Collaboration, Disruptive innovation, IT, Organizational structure, Social responsibility, Strategy execution

Professional Essays Writer Levendary Cafe: The China Challenge

Christopher A. Bartlett, Arar Han

Global Business

Winner of a 2013 ecch Case AwardJust weeks into her new job, Mia Foster, a first time CEO with no international management experience, is faced with a major challenge at Levendary Café, a $10 billion US-based fast food chain. Strategically, many of her corporate staff have become concerned that the company’s major expansion into China is moving too far from Levendary’s well-defined concepts of store design and menu. Organizationally, Foster has been frustrated by the apparent unwillingness of Louis Chen, president of Levendary China, to conform to the company’s planning and reporting processes. Meanwhile, financial evidence shows that Chen’s efforts have produced strong results and suggests that he knows China far better than U.S headquarters does. The entrepreneurial Chen has resisted attempts by Foster and others to discuss corporate plans for China. As Foster flies to China to meet with Chen she faces a decision that will determine the future of Levendary China and perhaps the entire globalization effort: can she manage Chen at all, and if so, how?

Entrepreneurship, Globalization, Managing people, Strategic planning

Professional Essays Writer Henry Tam and the MGI Team

Jeffrey T. Polzer, Ingrid Vargas, Hillary Anger Elfenbein

Leadership & Managing People

Within a short time frame, seven diverse team members assemble to write a business plan for a new company and struggle to define their roles, make decisions together, and resolve conflict. Henry Tam, a second-year Harvard MBA student, who joins an aspiring start-up company and a fellow classmate to enter the school’s business plan contest. The founders of the company are two internationally accomplished musicians and a 1987 Harvard MBA, all Russian, who are trying to create, produce, and sell a unique computer-based music game. Conflict builds as the team generates a range of ideas about how to market their product, but has trouble agreeing on which ideas to pursue. Henry Tam wrestles with how to fix the problems that have hindered the team’s progress.

Collaboration, Communication, Conflict, Customers, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, IT, Leadership, Leading teams

Professional Essays Writer Dropbox: ‘It Just Works’

Thomas R. Eisenmann, Michael Pao, Lauren Barley

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Dropbox is a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup, founded in 2006, that provides online storage and backup services to millions of customers using a “freemium” (free + premium offers) business model. The case recounts Dropbox’s history from conception through mid-2010, when founder/CEO Drew Houston must make strategic decisions about new product features, how to target enterprise customers, and whether to pursue distribution deals with smartphone manufacturers.

Entrepreneurship, Growth strategy, Internet, Marketing, Product development