After becoming a giant in the on-line sales community, Amazon was at a crossroads with regard to its push into technology versus its general merchandise. Which strategic direction should it choose in order to mitigate the current challenges and continue to pursue its growth strategy?
In the extremely competitive and volatile airline industry, Delta Airlines was cautiously exploring opportunities for entering new markets, routes, and partnerships to boost market share and reduce costs. What strategies could Delta Airline pursue to survive and thrive during a time when many other airlines were struggling to stay afloat?
GE Capital was downsized and reorganized into a leaner and more focused firm after being hit hard by the 2008 economic recession. In 2012, it hoped to see continued sustainable growth and lower portfolio risk, but it was still purchasing underpriced assets from even more troubled competitors. How could the company maintain sustainable growth earnings with growing margins and lower portfolio risk, as well as return money to investors and resume paying dividends to its parent company?
Netflix suffered a huge loss of subscribers after splitting its DVD delivery service from its on-line streaming service. Despite this setback, Netflix continued to believe that by providing the cheapest and best subscription-paid, commercial-free streaming of movies and TV shows, it could rapidly and profitably fulfill its envisioned goal to become the world's best entertainment distribution platform.
The Italian family firm AFG bought a defective plant when it decided to expand business. AFG had three options to resolve the problem but none were ideal – each had its own risks and long-term consequences for the business, as well as the family. Which option was most consistent with AFG’s market and capital position, vision, mission and goals?
Welten, a pioneer in the combination of financial education and secondment in the Netherlands, failed to expand into Suriname (the former Dutch colony) in 2008. Four years later, Welten considered returning to Suriname. Would it succeed this time?