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Well there were reality Tv shows, games, dares etc, so why not case studies:) Okay agreed that most of case studies we go thu are 'reality' ones only, so lets discuss them. We will take example of a problem in some company and then discuss...
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I have a case study in economics which I am not able to get answer . Any help will be really appreciated from you guys !!! Please please do suggest something or some material !

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Read the following case study and answer the questions with respect to Indian Economy.
The public sector Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), a major oil refining and marketing company which was also the canalizing agency for oil imports and one of the very few Indian companies in the Fortune 500, in terms of sales, planned to make a foray in to the foreign market by acquiring a substantial stake in the Balal Oil field in Iran of the Premier Oil. The project was estimated to have recoverable oil reserves of about 11 million tonnes and IOC was supposed to get nearly 4 million tonnes.

When IOC started talking to the Iranian company to the acquisition in October 1998, oil prices were at rock bottom ($11 per barrel) and most refining companies were closing shop due to falling margins. Indeed, a number of good oil properties in the Middle East were for sale. Using this opportunity, many developing countries "made killing by acquiring oil equities abroad."

IOC needed the government permission to invest abroad. Application by the Indian company for investing abroad is to be scrutinised by the special committee represented by the RBI and the finance and commerce ministries. By the time the government gave the clearance for the acquisition in December 1999 (i.e. more than a yearafter an application was made), the prices had bounced back to $24 per barrel. And Elf of France had virtually taken away the deal from under IOC's nose by acquiring the Premier Oil.

The RBI, which gave IOC the approval for $15 million investment took more than a year for clearing the deal because the structure for such investments were not in place, it was reported.

A. Discuss the economic and non-economic environmental factors influencing the business revealed by this case study.
B What are the lessons from the case study? Do you think there has been a change in the business environment in India in the recent years?
Q.2 Discuss the nature of Balance of Payments crisis faced by the Indian economy during 1990s. How did India overcome this crisis?

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Nice post Jas

Let me Google some and then reply

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Cereal bars have become a common replacement for breakfast in the west. This case study is about Company A which launched its cereal bar in late 90s and soon went to gain almost half of total market share within just two years. The brand awareness is high and Company A itself has a strong brand value. Looking at the success of the product, Company A decided to develop new flavors and formats and changes the positioning from a missed breakfast product to an all-day healthy snack so as to increase the consumption.

Soon the market was filled with 2-3 more successful players and many regional private labels which ate into the share of Company A. The market has grown at 15% while Company A's market share of all these related products has decreased.

Company A has to make a key business decision. Sales are falling, the product is in decline and losing its position. Should Company A let the product die, i.e. withdraw it from the market, or should it try to extend its life?

Even if it tries to extend life, it can do so by increasing market penetration, develop the market itself, develop the product or diversify the product. What do you suggest to Company A?

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i am still a engg student so
am asking questions out of curiosity
out of all the cricket boards in the world

the most wealthiest is the BCCI of course
but really very ineterstd to know what kind of plan do they have in amassing such income?????????

Plan? I guess there is only one plan - earn more moolah!!

Er... were u asking for biz plan? in that case there is none, u think they can think that ?

Lol... I thought most of the questions you asked were to provoke us to think and not necessarily answer them... read you blog... seems that some of what I had penned match with your thoughts...
When is the next one coming?
Ah i read it after almost an year! it should come in few days...
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i am still a engg student so
am asking questions out of curiosity
out of all the cricket boards in the world

the most wealthiest is the BCCI of course
but really very ineterstd to know what kind of plan do they have in amassing such income?????????

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this is out of curiosity
what has been the success or rather the strategy of the indian railways as they are one of the few who are running on profit........ thanks to our railway minister
this comes at a time when many european railway companies are not doing that good
or is it the fact that the two things mentioned above are just not comparable because of huge differences ..... llike population,geography,etc.......

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why is the toyota case study considered important
can anybody give me more info on this
was it that they beat the americans at their own market at the time where no body dared to enter their market
or was it the pricing brilliance which boosted toyota ahead of the other automakers
or was it simply because of the "the toyota way".......

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Here is a reality case study right between us.

Each person in pagalguy.com is connected to MBA, either as an aspirant or as an MBA student. Since the most important part of MBA is the case study, it is pretty obvious that case studies should be very popular in this forum. But somehow, we have had very lukewarm response.

So here is the ultimate case study.

What do you think should be done so that this thread is popular ?

I have some ideas too, but will post them after getting a few responses.



Found this thread, and started reading from scratch... Got really excited with this case study, albeit was posted in 2006... but i think its still relevant...

Here goes my analysis...

Reasons for less popularity for this thread :
1) Visibility : We have a gr8 concept at hand. Everybody who has come on this thr8d even once would vouch for that. Still, we can't attract more ppl... Why? Simply bcos we are not visible ! The thr8d is inside the chitchat section, which is not appropriate at all ! This should be hosted somewhere in the "For B-schoolers section" as case studies is wot somebody normally encounters after getting into a B-skool.(agreed, some institutes use it as a filtration tool at the time of GD/PI... but they are very few and most puys are not concerned with that... everybody's still fidgety abt their CAT/GMAT scores and calls !
Another reason why I think this thread shud be in that section is bcos the kind of discussions being promoted and the knowledge level needed is a notch higher... so... b-skoolers wud be more interested and wud find it beneficial too...

2)Catering to a Niche segment- according to point 1 above, the thread is a niche product. It has a limited market. Not everybody will post here... so this fact shud be agreed upon that generally traffic over here wud be low - peaceful, hill station like settings... :rockedov:

3)Competition - Maybe there's olready competition present on PG in form of another thread dealing with the same content ! Have we done the fatal error of thinking that we r the only producers of this product ? (haven't researched whether competition truly exists, or not)
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Wow! A great thread here..
Many from FMS and MDI too here

Now I have to sit through this today!

Meanwhile, a small query to my seniors...
FMS and MDI have case studies in their selection process?

Cheers

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jas_maverick Says
I have never understood it; when am regular to thread there is no activity. The moment i go off, people post asking for activity ! ;)

Lol... I thought most of the questions you asked were to provoke us to think and not necessarily answer them... read you blog... seems that some of what I had penned match with your thoughts...
When is the next one coming?
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