Category Archives: Case of the Month

Case of the Month November 2014 – Mega Projects: A Focus on the Airbus Plant Expansion and the Elbphilharmonie Construction in the Hamburg Metropolitan

Mega projects are by their size, number of stakeholders, and value at stake unique and barely reproducible. These projects are instrumental for the success of a regionʼs economic development. As a consequence, they are also under scrutiny by the media, and political and economic stakeholders. The financial and political risks are at the level of their reward.

On November 10-11, at the SAP Business Transformation Summit 2014, the attendees heard two great keynotes discussing not only the factors that influence the success and failure of mega projects (keynote by Hartmut Wegener), but also talking about the power relations that come with the unparalleled complexity, scale, and multi-faceted stakeholder relationships (keynote by Prof. Stewart Clegg). For the Case of the Month, we decided to give you a closer look at the first one.  Continue reading

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Case of the Month October 2014 – Serendipity: The Puzzling Story of a Process Optimization for Alcohol-Free Beer

Though the Oktoberfest was over a month ago, we would like to present you a case about beer. This time – without alcohol. Alcohol-free beer has become a real “lifestyle” beverage lately. However, removing the alcohol from the beer while retaining its natural flavors and healthy ingredients is not a straightforward task. The expertise about this dealcoholization process, along with the necessary equipment, has mostly remained the providence of the goliaths of the beer market.

So the question is: How can the smaller breweries deal with this and what could be done? – Developing a compact and affordable dealcoholization unit for small and medium-sized breweries was certainly an enthralling project idea… Continue reading

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Case of the Month September 2014 – Digital Transformation at DHL Freight

DHL Freight is a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL. Where the road freight business is typically managed decentrally and decision making is dispersed, the company has systematically aligned itself to meet the growing requirements of global customers and a global economy. In cooperation with the BTA and using the digital capability framework, the board of DHL Freight has developed a strategy that establishes aspirations and guidelines for transforming the company. This strategy uses new technologies to lay the foundations for new products and global processes. Continue reading

Case of the Month February 2014 – Clariant and the Networked Economy

Clariant is a leading global group which operates in specialty chemicals and is headquartered in Swit­zerland. In 2008, the listed company launched a transformation program with the aim of achieving sustainable profitable growth in a very competitive environment. Optimizations in the procurement organization were also aligned with this program.
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Case of the Month January 2014 – Vodafone Answers Call to Transformation

Vodafone’s ongoing business transformation project “Evolution Vodafone” has given the global communications company a future-proof business model that saves money and invests in innovation.

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