Complete Case details are given below :
Case Name : Monsanto Company – Doing Business in India
Authors : Robert Klassen, Ramasastry Chandrasekhar
Source : Ivey Publishing
Case ID : W12183
Discipline : General Management
Case Length : 18 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
The executive vice president of sustainability and corporate affairs at Monsanto was facing a difficult situation that could dramatically reshape the firm’s business. A decade earlier, the firm had introduced into India, through a joint venture, the first in-the-seed cotton trait biotechnology. This trait protected cotton crops against potentially devastating pests, thereby reducing the need for pesticides and improving yields. Subsequently, three Indian state governments imposed a price ceiling on these biotech seeds. In addition, by 2010, the company was facing competition from over 40 Indian seed companies that offered similar or competing biotechnology cotton seeds. Also, a federal ministry had overruled the recent regulatory approval for a second, indigenously developed biotech crop, brinjal (eggplant). How should a technology innovator such as Monsanto deal with an unpredictable regulatory approval process in an increasingly competitive marketplace? Looking forward, two new in-the-seed trait technologies were being considered for introduction to Indian farmers. Should Monsanto proceed and, if so, how? More generally, what should the firm’s long-term approach be in this promising market?
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