Brian Henry

Research Fellow
Email brian.henry@insead.edu
The case illustrates the founding and growth of SloWeAre, the first eco-certification company in France that embraces the methodology eco-fashion brands employ on their journey towards producing socially responsible and environmentally sound textile products. By 2020, the four-year diagnostic service had attracted more than 75 French eco-fashion brands to the SloWeAre platform.

Published 22 Jul 2020

Reference 6599

Topic Responsibility

Industry Retail

Region Europe

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The case study explores a conundrum at the heart of the fashion industry: how far is individual creativity compatible with corporate commercial imperatives? It follows the career of designer Raf Simons, who, after a stellar performance at Christian Dior struggled to achieve similar status at Calvin Klein.

Published 15 Jul 2020

Reference 6582

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Retail

Region North America

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This is a collection of 40 profiles of long-lived family firms representing all but eight members of the Hénokiens, a French association whose 48 members have survived for more than two centuries. Of the 40 members featured in this collection, the oldest is a hostel in Japan named Hoshi Ryokan, which has been in business for 1,300 years and has been operated by same family for 46 generations.

Published 27 May 2019

Reference 6503

Topic Family Business

Region Global

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This two-part case collection presents the profiles of 39 family-run firms that are 'Hénokiens', a French association whose members have survived for more than two centuries. The oldest member, a hostel in Japan named Hoshi Ryokan, has been in business for 1,300 years over 46 generations.

Published 05 Apr 2019

Reference 6245

Topic Family Business

Region Global

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Fibbie Cornuda is an Italian company that uses metal cold-forming technology to manufacture ski boot buckles and components for carmakers. Managing production of automotive components at Fibbie Cornuda is easy: demand is predictable and there are few SKU varieties. Conversely, for ski boot buckles it manages a catalogue of thousands of SKUs that changes every year, with widely varying demand.

Published 18 Feb 2019

Reference 6411

Topic Operations

Industry Automotive Mining & Metals

Region Europe

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The case explores leadership and professionalization issues at Fibbie Cornuda, an Italian manufacturer of ski boot buckles and automotive parts that utilize metal cold-forming technology. The founder’s daughter has worked in the finance department, but left to do an MBA.

Published 18 Feb 2019

Reference 6410

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Automotive Mining & Metals

Region Europe

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The case provides a strategic overview of one of the UK’s fastest-growing household goods companies, Dyson Ltd. Starting out in the early 1990s as sole vendor of bagless vacuum cleaners in the UK market, Dyson would ultimately become the market leader before its competitors finally woke up.

Published 13 Feb 2019

Reference 6455

Topic Strategy

Industry Consumer Goods Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Region Global

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On 30 August 2016, Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, ordered Ireland to recover €13 billion in illegal state aid that the state had granted Apple over a decade from 2003. In allowing Apple to pay close to zero in taxes, she ruled, Ireland had given the foreign company a selective advantage over other businesses paying the regular corporate tax rate of 12.5%.

Published 23 Jan 2019

Reference 6259

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Europe

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The case accounts for the gender pay gap in companies and industries around the world. In Europe, women earn on average 84 cents per hour for every euro men make. In the United States, they earn between 80 and 82 cents per hour for every dollar made by a man. The gap widens further after women have children.

Published 30 Jul 2018

Reference 6406

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Human Resources Public Policy

Region Global

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Family-owned firm Brunata, an engineering business and major player in Denmark’s heat consumption market, faces a leadership crisis after the retirement of its charismatic founder. Although his four children have worked in the company, none ultimately have the right stuff to lead, notably the eldest son who is removed by his father three years after taking over the top job.

Published 30 Jul 2018

Reference 6213

Topic Family Business

Industry Building Materials Machinery

Region Europe

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The case provides a strategic overview of one of the UK’s fastest-growing household goods companies, Dyson Ltd. Starting out in the early 1990s as sole vendor of bagless vacuum cleaners in the UK market, Dyson would ultimately become the market leader before its competitors finally woke up.

Published 13 Feb 2019

Reference 6455

Topic Strategy

Industry Consumer Goods Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

Region Global

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This case illustrates the key role played by a local distributor in the luxury goods industry in the Middle East. By partnering with the Chalhoub Group, western firms have built a competitive advantage across the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Published 29 Mar 2017

Reference 6290

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Apparel and Fashion

Region Middle-East

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Paris-based S.T.Dupont is engaged in the manufacture, marketing and sale of luxury goods for men and women, including lighters, pens, jewelry, leather goods, eyewear, watches, belts, fragrances and casual and formal attire. Founded in 1872 by an entrepreneurial French photographer and carriage-maker, the company began making luxury leather luggage for wealthy aristocrats.

Published 30 Jan 2017

Reference 6208

Topic Marketing

Industry Retail

Region Global

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The case investigates the role of creative directors in the luxury fashion industry. When in October 2015 Raf Simons quit Christian Dior, industry observers wondered why anyone would voluntarily walk away from such an esteemed fashion house, and who would replace him. Beneath the glamorous veneer, the luxury and fashion industry puts tremendous stress on creative directors.

Published 22 Jul 2016

Reference 6214

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Luxury Goods and Jewelry Apparel and Fashion

Region Europe

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Economics, both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics