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A Profile of Toyota’s Production System
What is the Toyota Production System, lean manufacturing, and Kaizen? Discussion of this profile leads the student through the process of understanding Toyota and its justifiably famous production system. The…
Publication Date: 01/28/2010 Product ID: 1-429-018
Dell Inc.’s Production System
This mini-case details the history of Dell and its made-to-order production system. From a simple computer assembly and delivery company, Dell grew to dominate the PC industry by leveraging information…
Publication Date: 01/26/2010 Product ID: 1-429-017
Growing Pains of the Tata Nano
Ratan Tata, CEO of Tata Motors, wants to introduce the world’s cheapest car, priced at $2,500, for the common Indian – the car is the Tata Nano and has been…
Publication Date: 02/29/2012 Product ID: 1-429-235
InnoCentive: Profile
This is a concise profile of InnoCentive—the company that created the first online marketplace for corporate research and development (R&D). It can be used to highlight how advancements in IT…
Publication Date: 02/11/2010 Product ID: 1-429-036
Left Shoe Company: Profile
This is a concise profile of Left Shoe Company, the customized shoe business of Finland’s leading casual footwear manufacturer, Pomarfin Ltd. It includes a brief history of Pomarfin and Left…
Publication Date: 02/10/2010 Product ID: 1-429-034
Marvel Comics: From Stan Lee to Mickey
This profile describes Marvel Comics’ beginning as a small start-up, its successes in the Golden and Silver Ages of the comic book industry, its subsequent decline in sales, bankruptcy, and…
Publication Date: 03/15/2010 Product ID: 1-429-053
McDonald’s: Profile on Its Rise, Descent, and Return
This profile chronicles McDonald’s rise over 40 years, its sudden descent in the early 1990s, and then its return in the early 2000s. Students are encouraged to think about what…
Publication Date: 02/21/2011 Product ID: 1-429-163
NIKEiD: Profile
This is a concise profile of NIKEiD, Nike’s customized product line. It is meant to highlight how advancements in IT have allowed the consumer product industry to offer customers personalized…
Publication Date: 02/11/2010 Product ID: 1-429-035
Note on Digitization and its Effects
The purpose of this note is to provide some insight about the change from analog to digital, the increasing penetration of digital technologies in our lives, the increasing performance of…
Publication Date: 02/15/2010 Product ID: 1-429-031
Note on Exploring the Value Chain of Branded Fashion Goods
This note profiles two companies–Gap Inc. and Deckers Outdoors Corp–with a focus on their value chains. It includes financial information and breaks down the parts of the two companies’ value…
Publication Date: 12/06/2010 Product ID: 1-429-005
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