Olam International Ltd: Building an Asian Multinational

Olam International Ltd: Building an Asian Multinational

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This case traces the rise of Olam International from humble beginnings in Africa to become a global player, headquartered in Singapore. It examines the processes of growth, internationalisation and diversification into ‘adjacent’ businesses as the company built a multinational company from Asia through ‘greenfield’ expansion, alliances and acquisitions. It explores how the company has gone about capturing synergies across an ever more diverse range of agribusinesses and geographies by developing ‘signature processes’ such as strategic planning, diagnostics and control systems, performance management and compensation systems that are common to all Olam's businesses and promote an ‘ownership mentality’ in management and employees. The case also details Olam's acquisition processes from strategy formulation, through screening of target companies to integration of the acquired companies. The case thus ...

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