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Cases to Accompany Contemporary Strategy Analysis, 7th Edition

Cases to Accompany Contemporary Strategy Analysis, 7th Edition

Robert M. Grant

ISBN: 978-E-UDT-E0111-6

Jul 2011

430 pages



This popular casebook is now available in a more compact and updated edition. In response to requests from instructors and students for cases that require less reading time, all the cases are shorter than those in previous editions. Written by Rob Grant to accompany his text, Contemporary Strategy Analysis 7th edition, each case is designed to enable students to apply particular concepts and techniques of strategy analysis.

New cases include:

  • Manchester United: Preparing for Life without Ferguson
  • Starbucks
  • Easyjet vs. Ryanair
  • DVD Wars Google

Further cases, including the US Airline Industry, Ford and the World Automobile Industry, Richard Branson and the Virgin group of Companies, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Harley-Davidson and General Electric & Jeff Immelt have been updated to 2009.

These contemporary cases allow students unparalleled insight into determinants of competition; the basis of competitive advantage; the challenges of developing new organizational capabilities; the design of strategies for exploiting innovation; and the opportunities and pitfalls of internationalization.

Used alongside the Contemporary Strategy Analysis text, or as a standalone resource, the cases allow today's students and executives to apply key strategy concepts and frameworks to top-level decision making at companies that face critical strategic challenges.

Full teachings notes to the cases will be available upon publication at the companion website

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Madonna 1

2 Starbucks in 2009: The Coffee Goes Cold 9

3 The U.S. Airline Industry in 2009 29

4 Ford and the World Automobile Industry in 2009 46

5 Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 2009 63

6 Manchester United: Preparing for Life without Ferguson 84

7 Eastman Kodak: Meeting the Digital Challenge 103

8 Procter & Gamble’s Organization 2005 Project 125

9 AirAsia: The World’s Lowest Cost Airline 137

10 Harley-Davidson Inc., July 2009 148

11 Raisio Group and the Benecol Launch 167

12 Rivalry in Video Games 191

13 DVD War of 2005–8: Blu-ray versus HD-DVD 204

14 New York Times 210

15 Eni SpA: Building an International Energy Major 220

16 American Apparel: Vertically Integrated in Downtown L.A. 249

17 Outback Steakhouse: Going International 264

18 Euro Disney: From Dream to Nightmare 272

19 Vodafone: Rethinking the International Strategy 299

20 Richard Branson and the Virgin Group of Companies in 2007 318

21 Google Inc.: Running Amuck? 338

22 Bank of America’s Acquisition of Merrill Lynch 360

23 Jeff Immelt and the Reinventing of General Electric, 2009 381

24 W. L. Gore & Associates: Who’s In Charge Here? 410