Ivey Publishing
UBits (A): Feed Your Skills
Product Number:
9B20M200
Publication Date:
11/20/2020
Revised Date:
11/19/2020
Length:
12 pages (7 pages of text)
Product Type:
Case (Field)
Source:
Ivey
At the start of 2020, the main strategic challenge for UBits (a start-up focused on online corporate training in Latin America) was how to continue to scale up the operation. Although UBits had gained a foothold in Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, the company had no presence in Brazil—Latin America’s largest economy—or in any other major regional economies, including Chile and Argentina. UBits was offering only one type of service—subscription-based courses for corporate clients. The management team was contemplating targeting individual customers directly to leverage the growing UBits library that held more than 300 locally produced courses. However, the ideal strategic direction for the company's expansion was unclear, and its current financial situation did not permit pursuing all options.
Learning Objective:
This case is suitable for courses on entrepreneurship, strategy, international business, or international entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For entrepreneurship courses, this case can be used to explore challenges related to rapid scaling up and the sustained growth of start-ups, especially in an international context. For strategy and international business courses, the case provides an opportunity to examine concepts such as organizational capability, value proposition, liability of foreignness, and environmental uncertainty in the context of a start-up operating in developing economies. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to
  • analyze competitive advantage and discuss how it hinges on specific strategic assets and capabilities;
  • apply the concepts of economies of scale and economies of scope to the analysis of different growth options;
  • analyze the key growth indicators and organizational challenges facing a start-up; and
  • analyze the importance of a start-up's adaptability to a global crisis.
Issues:
Disciplines:
General Management/Strategy
Industries:
Educational Services
Setting:
Brazil; Colombia; Mexico; Peru, Small, 2020
Intended Audience:
Undergraduate/MBA
Price:
$5.30 CAD / $5.00 USD Printed Copy
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Permissions
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Digital Download
Associated Materials
Supplements: 9B20M201 (3 pages)
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