Stewart Black

Professor of Management Practice in Global Leadership and Strategy
Email stewart.black@insead.edu
Lenovo origins date back to 1984 in China. Over time it became the number one PC company in the world. It now seeks to transform and become not just a PC maker but a solution provider to enterprises undergoing digital transformation. The chief HR officer must decide how she will ensure that Lenovo has enough competent leaders to ensure its successful transformation.

Published 25 Feb 2020

Reference 6571

Topic Leadership & Organisations

Industry Information Technology and Services

Region Asia

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In March 2015, Alberto Calderon was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Orica, the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil, gas, and construction markets.

Published 24 Jul 2017

Reference 6312

Topic Strategy

Industry Defense & Space

Region Global

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The case describes General Electric’s transformation from an industrial manufacturer to an industrial analytics giant. It opens in 2009 when CEO Jeff Immelt decides that GE, a hardware maker, needs to be more capable in software. The narrative traces his early efforts to consolidate and coordinate software capabilities in a central unit (GE Software Center) headed by Bill Ruh in Silicon Valley.

Published 24 Jul 2017

Reference 6313

Topic Strategy

Industry Industrial Automation Internet

Region Global

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The economic 2008 recession hit Komatsu especially hard. The Japanese second largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment experienced its share price plummet by two thirds since the downturn. The drop was not the first and signalled to deeper underlying issues that could be traced back to the company’s history from domestic player; exporter, international player, to global player.

Published 27 Aug 2010

Reference 5721

Topic Strategy

Industry Machinery Mining & Metals

Region Global

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Wal-Mart has had great success at home in the USA, but has experienced both success and failure abroad. China represents a market large enough that if Wal-Mart should succeed there, it would have a significant impact on its financial performance. What should its strategy be?

Published 18 Feb 2008

Reference 5492

Topic Strategy

Industry International Trade and Development

Region Asia

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Globalization