Lego Industry

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Make sure you complete the student feedback section as well.Content is well-developed with depth sufficient to convey a good understanding of the concepts.The work is well written using paragraphs and well-constructed sentencesThe work exhibits pertinent examples of all concepts easily related to the subject matter.Student feedback section is complete along with a good original feedback questionCase Study 1‐2 Lego Lego has long been an industry leader in children’s toys with its simple yet unique building block‐style products. A Danish carpenter whose family still owns Lego today founded the privately held company in 1932. But by 2004, the company found itself close to extinction, losing $1 million a day. A new CEO was brought in, and within five years sales were strong, profits were up, and naysayers who felt the new strategy was going to fail were proved wrong. In fact, sales, revenues, and profits continued to be strong. Revenues more than doubled, rising from 16 billion Danish krone (DKK) in 2010 to over 37.9 billion DKK in 2016, and in the same period, profit more than tripled, growing from 3.7 billion DKK to 12.4 billion DKK.With the advent of high‐tech forms of entertainment, such as the iPod and PlayStation, Lego found itself more antique than cutting edge in the toy world. When new CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, a father and former McKinsey consultant, took over, the company was struggling with poor performance, missed deadlines, long development times, and a poor delivery record. The most popular toys frequently would be out of stock, and the company was unable to ship enough products or manage the production of its more complicated sets. Retail stores were frustrated, and that translated into reduced shelf space and ultimately to business losses.Knudstorp changed all of that. He reached out to top retailers, cut costs, and added missing links to the supply chain. For example, prior to the new strategy, 90% of the components were used in just one design. Designers were encouraged to reuse components in their new products, which resulted in a reduction from about 13,000 different Lego components to 7,000. Because each component’s mold could cost up to 50,000 euros on average to create, this reduction saved significant expense.Lego was known for its traditional blocks and components that allowed children to build just about anything their imagination could create. The new strategy broadened the products, targeting new customer segments. Lego managers created products based on themes of popular movies, such as Star Wars and the Indiana Jones series. The company moved into video games, which featured animated Lego characters sometimes based on movies. The company created a product strategy for adults and engaged the communities who had already set up thousands of websites and blogs featuring Lego creations. It embraced the community who thought of Lego as a way to create art rather than simply as a building toy. And the company designed a line of Legos aimed at girls because the majority of its products had primarily targeted boys.The culture of Lego changed to one that refused to accept nonperformance. The company’s past showed a tendency to focus on innovation and creativity, often at the expense of profits. But that changed. “Knudstorp … made it clear that results, not simply feeling good about making the best toys, would be essential if Lego was to succeed…. Its business may still be fun and games, but working here isn’t,”i describes the current culture at Lego.Some of the most drastic changes came from within the Lego organization structure. After its massive losses in 2004, Lego switched its employee pay structure, offering incentives for appropriate product innovation and sales. Key performance indicators encouraged product innovation that catalyzed sales while decreasing costs. Development time dropped by 50%, and some manufacturing and distribution functions were moved to less expensive locations, but the focus on quality remained. The creation of reusable parts alleviated some of the strain on Lego’s supply chain, which in turn helped its bottom line.Lego also expanded into the virtual world, extending into video gaming and virtual‐interaction games on the Internet. Thinking outside the company’s previous product concepts cut costs while encouraging real‐time feedback from customers across a global market. Additionally, Lego created brand ambassadors to build communities of fellow customers across the world.The growth put strains on the IS supporting the business. Order management and fulfillment were particularly affected, resulting in the inability to meet customer demand. Employee management systems were stretched as new employees were added to support the growth and additional locations. Product design and development, especially the virtual and video games, required new technology, too.To solve some of these problems, Lego managers used the same approach they used for their blocks. They created a modularized and standardized architecture for their IS, making it possible to expand more quickly and add capacity and functionality as needed. They implemented an integrated enterprise system that gave them new applications for human capital management, operations support, product life cycle management, and data management. The new systems and services, purchased from vendors such as SAP and IBM, simplified the IT architecture and the core management processes needed to oversee the IS. For instance, the SAP system was used to get its supply chain management under control.iiOne manager at Lego summed it up nicely: “The toy world moves onwards constantly, and Lego needs to re‐invent itself continuously. Significant corporate re‐shaping introduced new energy to the company.”iii He went on to say that simplifying Lego’s IT systems and implementing an efficient product development process that was able to maintain quality and cost favorably positioned Lego to respond to the fast changing pace of the toy industry.In 2016, Lego appointed Bali Padda as CEO, taking over for Knudstorp while Knudstorp remains at Lego Group as its fourth owner and head of a new entity “Lego Brand Group.”iv Almost a year later, Knudstorp moved into the role of Executive Chairman, and Lego hired another new CEO, Niels B. Christiansen, to replace Padda, who remains as a special advisor to Lego.vThese executive changes can be explained by an 8% decline in revenue and 17% decline in profit in 2017,vi from 2016, its best year ever.vii Besides making those executive changes, Lego also increased its digital offerings, added to its distribution network, and cut the workforce by 1,400 jobs in late 2017, a reduction of 8%.viii Christiansen reported that Lego was becoming too large and complex, while a toy analyst reported that the market for Legos was becoming saturatedix and the European shopping behavior for toys has changed. Spurred by a 4% growth in revenue in 2018, Lego is now turning its gaze to China where it plans to more than double its store count.xDiscussion Questions (use the assignment template)1-    How did the information systems and the organization design changes supplemented by Knudstorp align with the changes in business strategy?2-    Which of the generic strategies does Lego appear to be using based on this case? Provide support for your choice.3- Are the changes implemented by Knudstorp an indication of hyper-competition? Defend your position.4- What advice would you give Knudstorp to keep Lego competitive, growing, and relevant?Sources: Adapted from (accessed August 21, 2015); Brad Wieners, “Lego Is for Girls,” December 19, 2011, 68–73; information from Lego’s 2012 annual report,‐us/aboutus/news‐room/2013/february/annual‐result‐2012 (accessed March 29, 2015); and “Lego Case Study,” (accessed March 29, 2015).i Nelson D. Schwartz, “Turning to Tie‐Ins, Lego Thinks Beyond the Brick,” The New York Times,September5,2009, (accessed August 21, 2015);‐vmware‐lego‐cs‐en.pdf (accessed September 11, 2015).Ii I. M. Sebastian, J. W. Ross, C. Beath, M. Mocker, K. G. Moloney, and N. O. Fonstad, “How Big Old Companies Navigate Digital Transformation,” MIS Quarterly Executive 16, no. 3 (2017), 197–213.iii IBM and SAP, “LEGO creates model business success with SAP and IBM,” 2010,‐vmware‐lego‐cs‐en.pdf (accessed September 11, 2015).iv Roar Rude Trangbæk, “Bali Padda Appointed New CEO of the Lego Group,”, December 6, 2016,‐us/aboutus/news‐room/2016/december/bali‐padda‐new‐ceo/ (accessed February 12, 2019).v Roar Rude Trangbæk, “The Lego Group Appoints Niels B. Christiansen as CEO,”, August 10, 2017,‐us/aboutus/news‐room/2017/august/niels‐b‐christiansen‐new‐ceo (accessed February 12, 2019).vi Lego Group Media Relations, “Lego Group Reports Full Year Results from 2017,”, March 6, 2018,‐us/aboutus/news‐room/2018/march/annual‐results‐2017 (accessed February 12, 2019).vii Roar Rude Trangbæk, “The Lego Group Reports Record Revenue in 2016,”, March 9, 2017,‐us/aboutus/news‐room/2017/march/annual‐results‐2016 (accessed February 12, 2019). viii Ivana Kottasová, “Lego’s Sales Drop for the First Time in 13 Years,” CNN Business, March 6, 2018,‐revenue‐drop‐star‐wars/index.html (accessed February 12, 2019). ixIbid. x Saabira Chaudhuri, Lego Steams Back into Growth, Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2019, B3.

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