Roig, Guillem; Rahnema Alavi, Ahmad
The structure of Balkan Snack Foods allows for an analysis of financing costs depending on the choice...The structure of Balkan Snack Foods allows for an analysis of financing costs depending on the choice between different currencies. Such an analysis entails measuring the exchange rate risk as well as its impact on the company's financing costs and bottom line. It also involves an examination of the relationship between the company's competitive position and the type and form of financing it chooses....€6.75
Goldberg, A; Schifrin, D
In June 2009, the online gaming company Zynga launched the free social game Farmville on Facebook, which...In June 2009, the online gaming company Zynga launched the free social game Farmville on Facebook, which set a new record by reaching one million Daily Active Users four days after launch, skyrocketing to 30 million in six months. The case takes an inside look at how Zynga created FarmVille in just six weeks, including the important strategic and technical decisions Zynga made, the sometimes tense team dynamics, and the challenges Zynga's founder and CEO Mark Pincus faced within Zynga. The company's experienced game developers had strongly resisted his idea to develop a farm game because farm games performed poorly on traditional game consoles and were considered an inferior gaming category. But Pincus believed they afforded access to new audiences and wanted to seize the strategic opportunity offered by the convergence of advances in technology and the meteoric rise of Facebook. These combined well with Zynga's advanced data analytics capabilities, which allowed the company to aggressively advance a new business model "Games as a Service," in which developers continuously added features to make a social game consistently compelling. Post launch, FarmVille was continually evolving and adding new features. But after a few months, the quality of the code and the ideas for new features were getting worse, more bugs and quality assurance problems arose, and users were complaining that new features were late and the game was getting rote. This case is set in late December 2009 as user numbers started to drop, and Pincus and the FarmVille team tried to figure out how to turn this trend around. Zynga's leadership team had to figure out how to reinvigorate FarmVille so that it would continue to be the goose that laid the golden eggs. The case also details the video game industry's recent history, trends and technology advances. It covers video game development and introduces concepts such as game mechanics and core loops, which are applicable to other gamification contexts. ...€6.75
Di Trapani, Pico; Vaccaro, Antonino
Back in June 2004, a small group of activists from Palermo (Sicily) posted a few stickers on the walls...Back in June 2004, a small group of activists from Palermo (Sicily) posted a few stickers on the walls of the city center that immediately drew the attention of fellow citizens....
Mary Gillett; Morgan Hart
A well-reputed innovative technology company had introduced a new operating system and two new smartphone...A well-reputed innovative technology company had introduced a new operating system and two new smartphone devices with the goal of turning around the company's slumping hardware sales. Despite positive product reviews in the media, the models did not sell as well as expected. Consequently, the lower demand led to impairment of inventory and supply commitments at various times throughout the following fiscal year. At the end of the fiscal year, the task facing the company's chief financial officer was deciding whether or not further impairment was required. Because this decision came at a time of significant uncertainty about the company's future in the competitive marketplace, the task also involved considering the impact of a potential adjustment on the company's financial statements and on shareholder confidence....€6.75