Online from: 2011
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|Title:||The transformation process of AGD, Argentina|
|Author(s):||Andres Hatum (Associate Professor at IAE Business School-Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, Argentina)|
|Citation:||Andres Hatum, "The transformation process of AGD, Argentina", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies Collection, (2011)|
|Keywords:||Argentina, Business development, Organizational change|
|Article type:||Case study|
|DOI:||10.1108/20450621111123353 (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 author/s may have disguised names; financial and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.|
Subject area – Strategic and organisational change, adaptation responses under competitive pressure and uncertainty and transformational process.
Study level/applicability – For Executive MBAs or MBA programs.
Case overview – Founded in 1948 by Adrian Urquía, Aceitera General Deheza (AGD) transformed itself from a small oil-processing factory into the biggest indigenous firm in the industry. Nowadays AGD is a leading edible oil export company and also one of the frontrunners on the retail market for bottled oil with several successful brands. It ranked 40th among the 1,000 top companies in terms of turnover in Argentina in 1999 (Revista Mercado, 1999), and it is considered the fifth most important exporter in the country (Revista Mercado, 1999).After the changes the country went through in the 1990s, the company was able to adapt and thrive in an industry in which most indigenous businesses did not manage to survive. Nevertheless, the roots of AGD's success do not date from the 1990s but long before, in their thinking ahead about ways of improving technology, scale and cost-effective measures – a trio of decisions that would prove to be the right combination for survival and success.
Expected learning outcomes – An understanding of the process of business transformation: type and pace of change. The study of the transformation process of a firm will be complemented conceptually with the understanding of the adaptation process under the Argentinean context characterised by uncertainty. Students will also examine organisational flexibility. Defining organisational flexibility, the determinants of whether a firm is flexible or not and why we can consider AGD as a flexible firm.
Supplementary materials – Teaching note.
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