Major HBR cases concerns on a whole industry, a whole organization or some part of organization; profitable or non-profitable organizations. Case study method guide is provided to students which determine the aspects of problem needed to be considered while analyzing a case study. It is very important to have a thorough reading and understanding of guidelines provided.
Why, historically, has the soft drink industry been so profitable? Paradoxically, never-ending Cola Wars between Coke and Pepsi have been the primary cause of extraordinarily high profitability of soft drink industry. First of all, they have spent a great deal of money on marketing or advertising of their soft drink products not only in the U.
Excessive advertisement expenditures made soft drinks become one of the most famous drinks all around the world. As a result, soft drink consumption has been increasing steadily ever since.
Secondly, Pepsi and Coke tried to integrate bottlers, which allowed them to exercise a great power on their bottlers. They prohibited bottlers from accommodating rival brands, which may decrease their profit.
Furthermore, secret recipe for soft drink concentrate along with integrated production line mentioned above created a strong entry barrier. Soft drink industry dominated by Pepsi and Coke, has little threat of being attacked by new companies.
Compare the economics of the concrete business to that of the bottling business: Why is the profitability so different? To start with the conclusion, the profitability of concrete business is way higher than that of bottling business.
This is mainly due to the differences in manufacturing process of each business. In case of concentrate, all they need is physical capital including machinery, overhead and labor. The most important factor in this business is recipe and the ingredients themselves do not cost much.
As a matter of fact, one factory is sufficient to support the demand of the entire United States. On the other hand, bottlers have to purchase concentrate at a pre-set price by concentrate producersadd sweetener, carbonate water and bottle it. Furthermore, it is the duty of bottlers to deliver the products to customers or retailers.
Hence, bottlers require much more physical assets and a.Industry must be one where Cooper Industries can be a major leader 2.
Industry must be stable, with a broad appetite for “small ticket” items 3. Only acquire leading companies in their respective markets. Cooper basically pur chased every company that is vital to its energy industry and all the side indus tries that effect it.
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This ensures that Nicholson does not depend on any particular customer/industry for its revenues, as is the case with Cooper. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. With George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet, Kayvan Novak.
A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. The (B) case focuses on the controversy over the conversion of a major for-profit water company into a nonprofit water company and is designed to support a discussion of the merits of for-profit and nonprofit firms and the optimal capital structure of for-profit firms.