Implementation Exercise

How to Implement Blue Ocean Strategy

Author(s): KIM, W. Chan, MAUBORGNE, Renée, LING, Katrina

Summary:

This case challenges participants to apply key concepts of blue ocean strategy implementation to overcome key organizational and management hurdles while leading a strategic shift.

The case lays out how Braynesbridge Industries (BI), a fictional conglomerate involved in the steel industry, recently launched a new strategy to break out of the red ocean of bloody competition in the industry. The new strategy, however, represented a significant departure from the status quo, which led to steep cognitive, resource, motivational, and political hurdles in the organization. Hence, to implement the new strategy, BI executives had to overcome these four key hurdles. Despite this challenge, the case reveals that BI’s management team successfully implemented the strategy fast and at low cost using Tipping Point Leadership and Fair Process. BI’s Board of Directors, very impressed with the new strategy and its successful implementation, is curious to learn the principles of Tipping Point Leadership and Fair Process and how these apply to organizations. The case sets the stage for students/executives to be called before the Board to answer numerous conceptual questions on their blue ocean strategy implementation.

The set of questions posed by the Board are displayed in an accompanying flash-game exercise called, ‘Blue Ocean Strategy Implementation Interactive Class Exercise: Tipping Point Leadership and Fair Process in Action’ that is free for instructor download. This case and the Blue Ocean Strategy Implementation Interactive Class Exercise come with a comprehensive teaching note and are excellent for both MBAs and executives, creating great energy and rich learning in the classroom.

Interactive Class Exercise: Tipping Point Leadership and Fair Process in Action

This highly interactive class exercise available only to professors allows participants to learn and apply key concepts of blue ocean strategy implementation fast while raising the classroom’s energy. Designed to be fun yet challenging, this 30-minute exercise motivates participants to learn by placing them in friendly competition with other classmates. This interactive class exercise is especially effective in helping participants to internalize and apply key concepts of Tipping Point Leadership and Fair Process following a lecture.

Case Study
Teaching Note
Interactive Exercise

Teaching Materials

Blue ocean pedagogical materials, used in over 2,800 universities and in almost every country in the world, go beyond the standard case-based method. Our multimedia cases and interactive exercises are designed to help you build a deeper​ understanding of key blue ocean strategy concepts, developed by world-renowned professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne.
Materials available from Harvard Business Publishing
Blue Ocean Shift | Strategy materials available
from The Case Centre
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