Case Study Munsingwear: A Test in Thinking Strategically

Ready to earn your wing-tips? Advise your client as an investment banker how to restructure and save his business.


Ironically, the students who have had the must trouble with this case study are business school graduates. Use common sense and think about what information is provided without jumping to assumptions or projections.

Good luck.

The answer will be emailed to you if you so request.




12 responses to “Case Study Munsingwear: A Test in Thinking Strategically

  1. Hi – Can you please send me the solution?


  2. Could I please have the solution as well? Once I see the answer I’ll tell you if I earned the 500k…

  3. The answer was posted a few days later here:

    I hope you earn your fee. I will give you a hint to solving.
    What is the best way to stop a headache if you are banging your heade repeatedly against the wall?

  4. I got the big picture but missed that there was something worth saving, so I don’t think I get the 500K. On to the next case study…

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  6. I saw the solution, and alas I’m not entitled to the 500K.

  7. I saw the solution and was pleasantly surprised that my hunch about either retaining or securitizing the royalties was correct. I am relatively new to investing, but did do some work looking at pharma (PDLI) where the company basically manages their patent portfolio and collects rich income with minimal expenses. I am slowly seeing how investment knowledge can compound over one’s lifetime as one extends their circle of competence.

    • Yes, If you become a learning machine like Buffett and Munger, you will keep building up your expertise. That is what makes investing an enjoyable challenge for some. Others think investing is like sex; you gotta practice. Case studies are the equivalent of “safe sex.”

      Good luck.

  8. could you please send me the solution also?
    thanks bill

  9. Hi, John!

    I am beginning to study all the material in your blog and just read the solution. I’m so happy that I could solve this on my own! At first, I was in doubt whether it should only stop selling to retail department stores and other channels where the revenues were already decreasing and focus on the new channels and the royalties, but after a little bit more thinking effort, I realized that there was no evidence that these new sales channels could help the company to increase margins and avoid losses, not to mention that enormous amount of short-term debt and poor cash. And after analyzing the Duff and Phelps case, it changed my mind to know how great a company that makes less use of intensive capital can be. Your blog is great!

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