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Groupe ESC deVille (A) : Realising and international strategy, and (B) : Preservation of a national institution

Matheny, Jonathan(2005-01-01)


The case pits the rational arguments for change against the irrational sentiments of pride and tradition and portrays the resulting conflict among constituents. The context of this struggle involves a decision to make a strategic acquisition which would irrevocably change the complexion of a traditional organization and the greater institution to which it belongs. Rather than establishing a simple and rational question of strategic direction, this case provides a clear picture of how powerful political forces resist adaptation in the face of overwhelming evidence of an institution’s decline and impending reformation or even collapse.

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Case Description
Business Case Study NoUA-2005-011
Number of Pages18
CategoryDecision Point; Teaching case
Teaching NotesTeaching notes available
CompanyGroupe ESC deVille
Setting - CountryFrance
IndustrySocial services

SourceAuckland, NZ. Pages: 7 - 25