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|Title:||Team Computers: positioning to grow|
|Author(s):||Jaydeep Mukherjee (Associate Professor at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India), Ashok Kapoor (Professor – Communication & Marketing at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India)|
|Citation:||Jaydeep Mukherjee, Ashok Kapoor, "Team Computers: positioning to grow", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies Collection, (2012)|
|Keywords:||Business expansion strategy, Corporate positioning, Economic growth, Growth strategy, IT solution business, Positioning strategy, Small to medium-sized enterprises|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/20450621211237202 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||Disclaimer: This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision making. The authors may have disguised names; financial and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.|
Title – Team Computers: positioning to grow
Subject area – Entrepreneurship.
Study level/applicability – The case could be taught in the core marketing course at the post graduate level while discussing the notion of positioning. The case could also be taken up in marketing strategy courses, where the linkage of the positioning to past and future customers and implementation challenges within the organization could be highlighted.
Case overview – The case shows how the CEO of an entrepreneurial venture, Team Computers, was coping with the problem of creating a unique identity in the market. It tracks the evolution of an embryonic organization to an Indian rupees (INR) 2.3 billion organization with 1,500 employees and its competitive landscape. It also highlights that an organization could become quite big without a very well defined positioning in the mind of its consumers and even its employees, however such growth could not be sustainable. It highlights the key challenges for Team Computers with respect to defining its positioning platform. The biggest challenge for Team Computers was to arrive at an appropriate positioning within an increasingly competitive market place, a distinct image of the company was almost a pre-requisite to the vision of sustainable, profitable growth for the company. The problem was inherent in the condition prevailing in the industry, which had intense competition among the incumbent firms and a high degree of employee turnover which plagued the industry. The case focuses on the challenge of deciding on a positioning platform for the company, considering its checkered evolution and somewhat difficult to predict and plan future trajectory. The case provides enough evidence to evaluate the positioning options of the company, the criteria to finalize the positioning options. It also opens up the possibility to discuss changes in organizational structure required to implement the positioning. The case also opens up the debate about conditions under which democratic process might not be the best way to decide on positioning.
Expected learning outcomes – The following insights could be elucidated by the case: criteria for evaluating the positioning options for an organization; the need for a clear positioning platform to grow beyond a threshold level for a service based organization in a competitive landscape; and the possible need for organizational restructuring to be able to implement positioning in the market.
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