Complete Case details are given below :
Case Name : Scantran
Authors : Sid L. Huff, Mike Wade
Source : Ivey Publishing
Case ID : 98E010
Discipline : Information Technology
Case Length : 18 pages
Solution Sample availability : YES
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
Scandinavia Translations (Scantran) provides translation services between English and the three Scandinavian languages (Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian), as well as Finnish. The business is operated primarily by one person, Heidi Wade, assisted by her husband Mike. The unique thing about Scantran is that it is a purely virtual business: Heidi and Mike never meet with, see, and rarely even speak with any of their clients, nor with any of their individual translators. Almost all the business is done over the Internet, supplemented by faxes and occasionally the telephone. Documents are mainly transferred as file attachments to Internet electronic mail messages. There are no other permanent employees, and all the work is done out of the couple’s apartment, with no need for expensive overhead such as office premises or fixed salaries. Scantran’s business has grown rapidly since its inception. The Wades are faced with a number of decisions, including whether to try to stay the size they are or “go for growth,” which implies adopting a new business model. If the decision is to grow, what should the new business model be? Can the company maintain the great flexibility provided by the Internet and still expand? This case nicely illustrates both pros and cons of virtual small businesses, typical of a great many Internet-dependent startup companies created in recent years.
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