Aparajitha: Developing a Thinking Organization

by: Paul Clyde, Dr. Bharath Krishna Sankar

Publication Date: August 27, 2012
Length: 14 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-253

Core Disciplines: Communications, Economics, Information - Technology & Management, Leadership/Organizational Behavior

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Aparajitha is a company that has thrived in the booming economic climate of India. Due to the network of contacts and bank of knowledge it has developed, Aparajitha will be difficult for larger multinationals to supplant. This case illustrates organizational relationships inside and outside the firm; relationships that give it comparative advantages that could be applied in other areas of business. The case asks students where should the company do next? geographic expansion? or product expansion? or service expansion?

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Describe the internal organizational and make-or-buy issues relevant to the case.
  • Explore the application of information flow analysis to this specific company.
  • Identify the agents involved in the provision of the products & services relevant to this case, and describe their roles.
  • Examine the layers of complexity involved in the information transfer among the various agents involved in the case at both inter-firm and intra-firm levels.
  • Analyze the potential for this organization to expand.