The Case Centre’s bestselling authors 2015/2016

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Bestselling author 2015/16

Benjamin EstyBenjamin Esty
Roy and Elizabeth Simmons Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

 
The cases

Cases Airbus A3XX: Developing the World’s Largest Commercial Jet (A)
In July 2000, Airbus Industries' supervisory board was on the verge of approving a $13 billion investment for the development of a new super jumbo jet known as the A3XX that would seat up to 1,000 passengers. But was there sufficient long-term demand for the A3XX to justify the investment?

Iridium LLC
This case is set in August 1999, just after Iridium, a global communications firm, declared bankruptcy. It describes Iridium's creation, development, commercial launch and financial performance. Using analyst forecasts, students can value the firm prior to its bankruptcy and will see how difficult it is to value technology start-ups given the uncertainty in demand.

Dividend Policy at FPL Group, Inc (A)
A Wall Street analyst has just learned that FPL (the holding company for Florida's largest electric utility) may cut its dividend despite 47 years of increases. Following deregulation of the electric utility industry, FPL substantially revised its competitive strategy. Will a change in dividend policy now be a part of FPL's financial strategy?

Meet Ben

BiographyBen Esty is the Roy and Elizabeth Simmons Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and currently teaches the introductory strategy course in the first year of the MBA programme. He has received the Student Association Award for teaching excellence multiple times, the Charles M. Williams Award for contributions to student learning, the Apgar Award for teaching innovations, and the Greenhill Award for outstanding service to Harvard Business School (twice).

He has served as a consultant to and led training programmes for multi-national companies, investment banks, consulting firms, and government agencies on a broad range of investment, financing, strategic, and leadership issues. He has written more than 120 cases, technical notes and teaching notes on project finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, leadership, and valuation issues.
 
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“I was thrilled to hear that my cases are being used so widely throughout the world. Really good cases provide lessons that transcend time, industry, and geography. I intentionally look for situations where the lessons are practical, and the insights are applicable to a wide variety of settings. I provide enough information to make the setting feel ‘real’ – but not too much information, so that the managerial decision to be made remains complex and ambiguous, as it would be in real life. In my opinion, it is this combination of a compelling idea set within a rich context that makes the most successful cases.

"Cases such as Airbus A3XX (strategic investment), Conrail (acquisition bidding strategy), and Petrozuata (project finance) are examples of cases with important ideas that have been used around the world for many years.  I think some of my more recent cases, such as FANUC Corp. (governance), Dow-Rohm & Haas (strategic M&A), and Thomas Cook Group (turnaround), will also last for some time."

~ Benjamin Esty

 

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