W. Chan Kim

Professor of Strategy and International Management
Email chan.kim@insead.edu
Retail had always fascinated Katrina Lake, the youngest woman CEO to ever lead a US initial public offering. But she couldn’t help noticing that the age-old industry never changed. Brick-and-mortar retailers still competed on variety and touch-and-feel, while online competitors sought to differentiate through low prices and fast shipping.

Published 17 Dec 2019

Reference 6540

Topic Strategy

Industry Retail Building Materials

Region North America

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In the year 2000, only 2% of women in India used menstrual hygiene products. Almost a quarter-billion relied on cloth rags and many rural women were banished to a hut during their monthly cycle. In these unsanitary conditions, 62.4% had experienced at least one reproductive tract infection, with the result that teenage hysterectomies were not uncommon.

Published 29 Nov 2019

Reference 6521

Topic Strategy

Industry Consumer Goods Health, Wellness and Fitness

Region Asia

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The case describes how three INSEAD alumni founded a fintech company called Prodigy Finance and created a new market of international student loans by solving a long unaddressed problem in the finance industry.

Published 12 Nov 2019

Reference 6523

Topic Strategy

Industry Financial Services

Region Global

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The background notes accompany the free online case “Indian Premier League: Innovation Without Disruption”, a self-paced, interactive case that lets readers analyze the strategic logic behind the launch of Indian Premier League (IPL) using blue ocean analytical tools and frameworks.

Published 28 Aug 2019

Reference 6515

Topic Strategy

Industry Entertainment Sports

Region Asia

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The Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB), the Private University of Bolivia, was founded in 1993. Not long after, in the late 1990s, civil unrest erupted with coca growers battling police in the streets outside the campus. Students and faculty fled, the prior President retired, and the University was functionally insolvent.

Published 22 May 2019

Reference 6460

Topic Strategy

Industry Education Management

Region South America

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The Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB), the Private University of Bolivia, was founded in 1993. Not long after, in the late 1990s, civil unrest erupted with coca growers battling police in the streets outside the campus. Students and faculty fled, the prior President retired, and the University was functionally insolvent.

Published 22 May 2019

Reference 6460

Topic Strategy

Industry Education Management

Region South America

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Nintendo languished in last place during the console wars of the early 2000s, with game industry analysts suggesting that the Kyoto-based firm exit the gaming console market altogether. Instead, Nintendo used Blue Ocean Strategy to redefine market boundaries, creating the best-selling video-game console ever, the Nintendo Wii.

Published 02 May 2019

Reference 6486

Topic Strategy

Industry Computer Games Computer Software Entertainment

Region Asia

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Customers are gaga for Wawa, the restaurant / convenience store / gas station that inspires people to tattoo the firm's logo. Founded in 1803, Wawa morphed over time from an iron foundry to a textile mill, to a dairy farm, dairy delivery business, grocery store, then convenience store. Dark clouds descended with the 2008 financial crisis.

Published 22 Mar 2019

Reference 6421

Topic Strategy

Industry Restaurants Food and Beverages Production

Region North America

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This highly engaging strategy formulation exercise allows participant to unlock their creativity through the systematic five-step process of blue ocean shift. We reverse the learning process of case method by combining it with a group exercise.

Published 22 Mar 2019

Reference 6422

Topic Strategy

Industry Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Region Asia

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This case analyses Tata Motors' strategic move to create and launch the Tata Nano, exploring the factors behind the project's earlier success and the reasons for its execution failure. It illustrates the importance of having a strong and aligned set of value, profit and people propositions in order to create and capture a blue ocean.

Published 22 Mar 2019

Reference 6275

Topic Strategy

Industry Automotive Transportation/Trucking/Railroad

Region Asia

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Disciplinary Research: Reconstructionist Theory, Procedural Justice