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Xansa (A)


Accounting, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

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Lingblad M;Birkinshaw J

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This case describes the current strategic challenges facing Xansa, a medium sized IT Services Company headquartered in the UK. Under its former name, FI Group, the company had grown successfully during the 1990s as a major supplier of IT outsourcing services. Faced with a changing marketplace, FI Group had undertaken a series of bold acquisitions in the late 1990s. Now, in mid-2000, the company faced the challenge of integrating these acquired companies in an uncertain marketplace, while also considering its future growth options outside the UK. A further challenge was how to do all of this without damaging the distinctive culture and organisation that had made the company so successful over the last decade.

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Strategy, Mergers & Acquistition, Strategic Change


Computer/IT Services

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London - UK

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Available on ECCH


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