Amitava Chattopadhyay

Professor of Marketing
The Kolo Nafaso programme was started in 2009 in Burkina Faso by AAK, a 140-year-old Swedish supplier of vegetable fats and oils. AAK created a direct link with the producers – women in West Africa who traditionally harvested shea nuts – and cut out the middlemen. The aim was to improve productivity and pay a fair price.

Published 30 Jun 2020

Reference 6584

Topic Responsibility

Region Africa

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This case explores how an Indian firm breaks into a product category dominated by international players. Titan, a Tata Group subsidiary and leading jewellery firm, wants to enter the fragrance category and challenge established foreign brands.

Published 28 Jun 2019

Reference 6458

Topic Marketing

Industry Consumer Goods Luxury Goods and Jewelry

Region Asia

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Inspired by C.K. Prahalad’s “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid”, Novartis was exploring ways to build a sustainable business for the BOP in India that would improve access to healthcare for the poor while being financially profitable, unlike Novartis's traditional philanthropic and corporate social responsibility approaches.

Published 26 Mar 2018

Reference 6388

Topic Responsibility

Region Asia

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Mrida (Sanskrit for soil), a fledgling social business venture, uses the ‘Earthspired’ brand to sell products made from high-value plants and herbs – sourced sustainably from small farmers in India – to middle-class consumers.

Published 29 Jan 2018

Reference 6366

Topic Responsibility

Industry Consumer Goods Food and Beverages Production

Region Asia

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The case decribes Johnnie Walker’s efforts to move from a multi-local product-focused brand to a global master brand, underlining that the switch is a strategic business decision. It begins by understanding and addressing a global customer need, then managing the standardization of marketing activities across markets, with significant internal changes required to existing structure and process.

Published 26 Jun 2017

Reference 6286

Topic Marketing

Industry Food and Beverages Production

Region Global

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By late 2014, Easypaisa, a mobile financial service (MFS) that enabled financial transactions through a mobile phone, had 54% of the MFS market, and was a leader in both over-the-counter (57%) and mobile accounts (75%). However, its OTC market share had dropped precipitously from 88% in the first quarter of 2013 to 62% by the end of 2014.

Published 26 Sep 2016

Reference 6199

Topic Strategy

Industry Telecommunications Financial Services

Region Asia

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The LG brand was launched in the US in 2002 with the ambition to build it up as a premium brand. The case outlines LG's strategy in the washing machine category from 2002-2005, during which a series of successful launches has established LG as a strong player.

Published 15 Apr 2016

Reference 5463

Topic Marketing

Region North America

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This case illustrates the key issues and challenges in creating and sustaining a successful brand in emerging markets. Peter England, India’s largest apparel brand by sales volume, is struggling to formulate a strategy to sustain the brand’s market dominance. Indian consumer tastes are changing rapidly, making it difficult for any brand to stay relevant and fashionable over time.

Published 24 Mar 2016

Reference 6192

Topic Marketing

Industry Apparel and Fashion

Region Asia

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It was out of the interest of Ratan Tata, Tata Group chairman, in the problem of water in India that the Swach (meaning “clean” in Hindi) was born. It was Tata’s bet that the private sector could offer a better, consumer-based solution than the state to the provision of safe drinking water in a country where 75% of the rural population lack access to potable water.

Published 27 Jul 2015

Reference 6154

Topic Responsibility

Industry Public Safety

Region Asia

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Aarong, the retail arm of BRAC, a non-profit development organization based in Bangladesh, was created in 1978 to provide employment, income generation and social development opportunities for underprivileged women through the revival and promotion of Bangladeshi handicrafts.

Published 26 May 2015

Reference 6115

Topic Responsibility

Region Asia

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Inspired by C.K. Prahalad’s “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid”, Novartis was exploring ways to build a sustainable business for the BOP in India that would improve access to healthcare for the poor while being financially profitable, unlike Novartis's traditional philanthropic and corporate social responsibility approaches.

Published 26 Mar 2018

Reference 6388

Topic Responsibility

Region Asia

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This case illustrates the key issues and challenges in creating and sustaining a successful brand in emerging markets. Peter England, India’s largest apparel brand by sales volume, is struggling to formulate a strategy to sustain the brand’s market dominance. Indian consumer tastes are changing rapidly, making it difficult for any brand to stay relevant and fashionable over time.

Published 24 Mar 2016

Reference 6192

Topic Marketing

Industry Apparel and Fashion

Region Asia

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With the publication of CK Prahalad’s “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” (2005), the poor were suddenly seen as a potential market in the eyes of multinational corporations (MNCs). Although poor, the BOP is a large and growing market.

Published 27 Oct 2014

Reference 6088

Topic Strategy

Industry Pharmaceuticals

Region Asia

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The LG brand was launched in the US in 2002 with the ambition to build it up as a premium brand. The case outlines LG's strategy in the washing machine category from 2002-2005, during which a series of successful launches has established LG as a strong player.

Published 07 Jan 2007

Reference 5463

Topic Marketing

Industry Consumer Goods

Region North America

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This case describes the meteoric rise of Brita in the US market, following the acquisition of local rights by The Clorox Company in 1989, until a sudden decline in 1999. The case details the various failed strategies attempted by the brand between 1999 and 2006 and poses the question as to what Brita should do to turn its fortunes around.

Published 01 Jan 2007

Reference 5426

Topic Marketing

Industry Marketing and Advertising

Region North America

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Branding, Marketing and the Internet