Jean Wee

Research Associate
This case explores the organizational practices of GitLab, an “all remote” company with more than 1,000 employees located in 59 countries. GitLab solves the challenges of employees working in an online-only environment by relying extensively on asynchronous modes of coordination.

Published 12 Aug 2020

Reference 6579

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Computer Software

Region Global

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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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In 2012, when Careem first started operations in Dubai as a private limousine booking business, it was a tiny start-up working with just US$100,000 of its founders’ savings. Selim Turki is hired (its 18th employee) to develop and market its platform as a ‘white label’ solution for companies’ transport arrangements.

Published 12 Nov 2019

Reference 6546

Topic Entrepreneurship

Industry Consumer Services Transportation/Trucking/Railroad

Region Middle-East

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Garmin 2019 is the second in a two-part case. Case A reviews the history of Garmin from 1991 to 2008, when the personal navigation device (PND) industry is disrupted by the entry of smartphones with mapping applications.

Published 28 Jun 2019

Reference 6356

Topic Strategy

Industry Consumer Electronics Information Services

Region Global

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The case focuses on AccorHotels’ ambitious digital transformation, aiming to put the customer back at the center of its strategy and operations.

Published 22 Mar 2019

Reference 6241

Topic Marketing

Industry Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Region Global

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For over 60 years, Bluebell, a major actor in the luxury B2B ecosystem, has been helping Western luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Davidoff, Moschino, Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo enter key Asian markets.

Published 29 Oct 2018

Reference 6443

Topic Marketing

Industry Wholesale Luxury Goods and Jewelry

Region Asia

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In April 2010, infrastructure fund Njord Gas Infrastructure AS bought ExxonMobil’s 9.428% stake in Norwegian gas pipelines Gassled. Njord was interested in Gassled’s steady returns and Norway’s regulatory/political consistency and transparency.

Published 30 Jul 2018

Reference 6370

Topic Economics & Finance

Industry Chemicals Renewables & Environment

Region Europe

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The case focuses on AccorHotels’ ambitious digital transformation, aiming to put the customer back at the center of its strategy and operations.

Published 19 Jul 2018

Reference 6241

Topic Marketing

Region Global

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In 2010, ACTIS embarked on an ambitious project to build a pan-Middle East and Africa (MEA) payments platform. It had purchased Mediterranean Smart Cards Company (MSCC), a bankcard issuer with operations across Africa, and had identified a follow-on target, Visa Jordan Card Services (VJCS) as part of its buy-and-build strategy, and another potential acquisition in South Africa.

Published 29 Jan 2018

Reference 6363

Topic Strategy

Industry Private Equity

Region Middle-East

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Careem, a Dubai-based ride-hailing company, was founded in 2012 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by two ex-McKinsey consultants who saw a gap in the transport market.

Published 15 Dec 2017

Reference 6333

Topic Entrepreneurship

Industry Private Equity Transportation/Trucking/Railroad

Region Middle-East

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For over 60 years, Bluebell, a major actor in the luxury B2B ecosystem, has been helping Western luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Davidoff, Moschino, Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo enter key Asian markets.

Published 29 Oct 2018

Reference 6443

Topic Marketing

Industry Wholesale Luxury Goods and Jewelry

Region Asia

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In 2010, ACTIS embarked on an ambitious project to build a pan-Middle East and Africa (MEA) payments platform. It had purchased Mediterranean Smart Cards Company (MSCC), a bankcard issuer with operations across Africa, and had identified a follow-on target, Visa Jordan Card Services (VJCS) as part of its buy-and-build strategy, and another potential acquisition in South Africa.

Published 29 Jan 2018

Reference 6363

Topic Strategy

Industry Private Equity

Region Middle-East

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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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