R&D Management at Universal Luxury Group - Perfumes and Cosmetics Division (B)

Published 01 Jul 2005
Reference 5260
Topic Operations
Industry Cosmetics
Region Europe

This case describes the challenges faced by the cosmetics division of a large corporation when determining the set of products to develop in 2004. The key players involved are the centralized R&D center and the decentralized brands. The case provides data to estimate the utilization rate of the R and D center. It also describes how the R and D center is organized to develop various types of product lines.

Teaching objectives

The case series aims to illustrate: 1. Strategic issues associated with portfolio management of R and D organizations. 2. How to evaluate the efficient use of scarce resources when determine in the R and D portfolio. 3. How to align technology strategy with organizational structure in R and D organizations.