Asia and in particular ASEAN is widely regarded as the region with one of the fastest growth rates. Yet despite this realization, knowledge of business practices in the region is largely understudied.
The Asian Business Case Centre’s mission is to be the source of choice for case studies and practice-based insights in business and social innovations in Asia and in particular ASEAN. Given the central role of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, ABCC pays special attention to these topics. For example, finance, logistics, marketing, human resources management and recruitment, business strategies, and even accounting and law are all influenced by the latest entrepreneurial and technological innovations.
Best Selling Cases in 2020
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Vibrant Group Limited: Sale and Leaseback and its Financial Statement Effects
Vibrant Group, a logistics company in Singapore, raised capital through a sale and leaseback arrangement. The case illustrates application of accounting standards to differentiate in-substance sales and leaseback versus in-substance financing arrangements. It draws out implications on a company’s financial situation, including gearing ratio, assets, liabilities, and equity.
Lessons in Crisis Leadership: From Peacetime to Post-911
911 changed security forces worldwide. The Singapore Armed Forces underwent a paradigm shift, from peacetime preparedness to an in-between operation other than war. This case examines how Major Cheng Boon KOH, Commanding Officer of the Field Defence of an airbase handled this event, revealing leadership lessons in a crisis.
Wateroam: The Quest for Social Impact and Sustainability
Wateroam provides water filtration systems to the rural poor in Asia. The start-up faces challenges in funding, product innovation, sales and distribution. It recently raised $600,000 in seed funding. David Pong, CEO and co-founder, has to decide how to scale-up Wateroam, balancing the double bottom-line of profitability and social impact.
Conquering the World: One Loaf at a Time
The mention of BreadTalk, an Asian F&B powerhouse, conjures images of delicious, fluffy bread. Despite successes, BreadTalk is experiencing stagnation. How can the Group improve competitiveness? Which international markets to expand to? This case challenges readers to assess BreadTalk’s external environment and capabilities to recommend strategic actions to drive performance.