Do you really understand LinkedIn’s business strategy?

LinkedIn is transitioning from a career portal to a professional network, enriching its members with industry relevant content and professional office solutions. On February 5, 2016, LinkedIn experienced its worst day since its high profile IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2011. The stock plunged as much as 46.5 percent to a three…

How to scale $1.25 to a billion dollar business – Essilor’s disruptive strategy in India

Emerging markets present a tremendous opportunity for enterprises to grow their business. At last week’s “Emerging Markets” class at the Nanyang MBA, we studied how the French ophthalmic lens manufacturer Essilor has successfully managed to penetrate the Indian market and provide spectacles to millions of under-served citizens. Most interestingly, their strategy to partner with local providers…

Valve: How to retain talent?

Last week I attended an intensive strategy course taught by Patrick Gibbons, Academic Director at Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business UCD, where we discussed a series of Harvard Business cases among one was how Valve Software successfully had manged to attract and retain top talented game developers. I found the case study very interesting…

Lessons learned from the LEGO turnaround

As part of my Strategic Management course at the Nanyang MBA, I did a strategy report on LEGO’s turnaround in 2004. I grew up building LEGO and I have been following LEGO’s business for many years. When it came to pick a topic for my strategy report LEGO seemed like the natural choice. LEGO is…

Match-making your dream job

What matters when picking your first job after graduate school? Graduation season is coming up, which means that a lot of student are actively starting to look for a job. As part of that process there will be a lot of questions coming to the surface. What am I good at? What do I want…

Playing Bowling with Bumpers

When a student you live in this bobble of cool people, lectures, impressions, and if you are lucky you find some time to reflect on it all. According to the theory that is where the true learning is to be found; reflection. My friend Oskar Kader shared this analogy of playing bowling with bumpers. At…