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CF-LLAD: Oerlikon-Bührle (B)

Published 06 Jan 1994
Reference 3824
Topic Strategy
Region Global
Length 5 page(s)
Language English

The CF-LLAD Oerlikon-Bührle case series (to be used together with the Canadian Armed Forces note and the Appendix on the Canadian Aerospace Industry) describes the approach used by Oerlikon-Bührle to bid for a new short-range air defence system for the Canadian Forces. In particular, the case describes how the company articulated its offer, and what arguments it emphasised in order to be short listed and then selected by the Canadian Government. The case format allows various groups of participants to role-play various parties: Oerlikon-Bührle, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Aerospace Industry and Canada's Ministry for Regional Economic Development.

Teaching objectives

The case can be used to illustrate marketing concepts in the context of a complex system sale to a government, emphasising customer responsiveness, user orientation, and the understanding of purchasing decisions. The case can also be used to analyse the features of Oerlikon's successful transition from being an anti-aircraft gun supplier to becoming a missile system integrator.