The Case Centre’s bestselling authors 2015/2016

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Bestselling author 2015/16

Vincent DessainVincent Dessain
Executive Director, Harvard Business School Europe Research Center
Harvard Business School

The cases

Cases Ikea’s Global Sourcing Challenge: Indian Rugs and Child Labor (A)
How does IKEA respond to a television report that its Indian carpet suppliers were using child labour? IKEA's strong culture and values include a commitment 'to create a better everyday life for many people'. How should the company deal with the ongoing issue of child labour in the supply chain?

Global Knowledge Management at Danone (A)
This case explores French consumer goods company Danone's novel approach to knowledge management. From 2004 to 2007, 5,000 Danone managers around the world – the company conducted business in 120 countries – had shared about 640 now-documented good practices. Should the knowledge management tools be extended to include all employees and external partners on a regular basis?

Messier’s Reign at Vivendi Universal
An unexpectedly large financial loss and a pending cash flow crisis force Vivendi's directors to deal with the issue of dismissing their CEO. Whatever they decide, their actions will be scrutinised by the press and investors and will come under legal scrutiny. And how did a series of costly board-approved acquisitions contribute to the crisis?

Meet Vincent

BiographyVincent is the Executive Director of the Europe Research Center (ERC) of the Harvard Business School. He  has extensive management and business education experience and is a co-author of two books in finance and co-author of a wide variety of articles in academic journals, cases and course development. He is a frequent guest speaker invited by academia, business and government to speak on topics in management and education.

Prior to his appointment at the HBS Europe Research Center, he was Senior Director of Corporate Relationships at INSEAD in Fontainebleau and elected as the representative of the INSEAD administration on the School’s Board of Directors. Earlier in his career, Vincent was active as a management consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton in New York and Paris. His field of consulting was international market entry strategies, financial products, strategy, negotiation and implementation of cross-border alliances, financial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions. He was also a Foreign Associate with the law firm Shearman & Sterling in New York and an Advisor to the President of the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Key quote

“The beauty of the case method is that we can engineer powerful pedagogy woven into real management situations.  The best cases offer opportunities for intense debate on concrete issues with long lasting learning impact. This all leads to exciting and fun class dynamics. In several instances, case work has generated research work keeping a nice balance between relevance and rigour.”

~ Vincent Dessain


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