Alcan (A): Anticipating Industry Change
(7 pages of text)
In December 2006, Alcan was the second largest producer of aluminum in the world, but the industry was consolidating. The case traces the development of the aluminum industry since World War II to the recent emergence of China as an economic power and the accompanying rise in commodity prices. Alcan had to decide between two offers: to be acquired or to go it alone. The first offer was from Alcoa and the other from Rio Tinto. Alcoa was the world leader in the production of aluminum and, like Alcan, was engaged in significant technological research and development. Meanwhile, Rio Tinto was one of the largest mining companies in the world, but had minor aluminum operations and, in general, few downstream processing plants or technologies. Students are asked to identify Alcan's key resources and consider which strategy would make best use of them.
The case study enables discussion on the following themes in corporate strategy: Economic and regulatory environments; Organizational resources delivering sustainable competitive advantage; Balancing long-term strategic decisions with short-term business opportunities; Issues of managerial control post acquisition.
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Canada;Global, Large, 2006
$5.30 CAD / $5.00 USD Printed Copy
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Permissions
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Digital Download