Course 2023-2024 a.y.

20524 - VALUE CHAINS AND BUSINESS MODELS IN FASHION & LUXURY

Department of Management and Technology

Course taught in English

Class timetable
Exam timetable
Go to class group/s: 31
GIO (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
Course Director:
STEFANIA SAVIOLO

Classes: 31 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: STEFANIA SAVIOLO


Synchronous Blended: Lessons in synchronous mode in the classroom (for a maximum of one hour per credit in remote mode)

Suggested background knowledge

Knowledge about industry analysis and competitive strategies are recommended to successfully attend the course

Mission & Content Summary

MISSION

The course provides an overview of the global fashion and luxury industries in terms of business models and value chains design, drivers for growth and profitability, the impact of digitalization and sustainability. As the introductory course to the Major “Fashion, Luxury and Made in Italy”, a specific focus is dedicated to the Italian fashion model and Italian business cases. The course aims at exploring the fundamental business models competing in different segments: luxury, high designer fashion, premium fashion, fast fashion, e-tailing. The course also provides the analytical tools to study competitive positioning, operational processes and key success factors within different fashion sectors: textile, apparel, sportswear, leather goods, jewels and eyewear. Through lectures and one group assignment students learn how to segment a market, build strategic groups understanding their key success factors and business models in terms of value proposition, value chain design and revenue model. Some cutting-edge issues in fashion will be also discussed such as sustainability and how to build a sustainability narrative, impact of digital, drivers for business model innovation. The teaching methods present a mix of traditional lectures, case discussions, guest speakers and one group assignment.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The course main topics are:

  • Definition of fashion and luxury, country models in fashion, country of origin effect.
  • The fashion process and timeline, the industrial fashion pipeline.
  • Business models in fashion and luxury (luxury brands, designer brands, premium brands, fast fashion brands, fashion e-tailers and direct to consumer brands).
  • Competition within fashion industry segments and their value chains (textile, apparel, sportswear, leather goods, footwear and eyewear).
  • Sustainability and digitalisation of the fashion value chain, ingredient branding strategies, the branded supply chain
  • Business model innovation in fashion

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Learn the meaning of seasonality, the different country models in the fashion and luxury industries and sources for country of origin effect
  • Recognise key success factors to compete, strategic groups and basis for differentiation in fashion and luxury industries
  • Distinguish different business models in fashion and luxury according to the different business models pillars (value proposition, value chain design, revenue model)
  • Understand the importance of the value chain design (make or buy) in luxury and fashion
  • Identify value creation strategies within specific fashion businesses (i.e. leather goods or sportswear)
  • Identify drivers for business model innovation

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Carry out an industry analysis in fashion and luxury and understand key success factors to compete.
  • Decode the business model of a specific company within different fashion segments and value chains.
  • Understand strenghts and weaknessess of the Italian fashion system within the global fashion scenario.
  • Develop teamwork skills.

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Online lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Group assignments

DETAILS

  • Guest speaker's talks in class contributes to students learning with best practices and best cases.
  • Multiple case studies make learning more practical and industry specific.
  • One group assignment offers students an effective "action learning" opportunity and supports team building.

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
    x
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
    x
  • Peer evaluation
    x

ATTENDING STUDENTS

  • Knowledge and understanding of the country models, business models and management strategies within the fashion and luxury sectors are assessed through the written exam. This written individual assessment counts for 60% of the final grade. To get the final grade (individual + group assignment) the individual assessment-exam must be > 18/30.
  • Capabilities to apply what learned in class are assessed through one group field assignment where students are asked to carry out one project for one company applying all methods and tools presented in class. The group grade accounts for 40% of the final grade. The group grade lasts for one academic year.

NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

  • Knowledge and understanding of the industry trends, country models, business models and management strategies within the fashion and luxury sector are assessed through the written individual test.  This written individual assessment counts for 100% of the final grade.

Teaching materials


ATTENDING STUDENTS

  • E.CORBELLINI, S. SAVIOLO, Management in fashion and luxury companies, ETAS, 2009 (chapters 1-8).
  • S.SAVIOLO, G. BORNEY, The Branded Supply Chain, BUP, 2021 (chapters 4,5,6,7,8,9)
  • Cases and handouts available on Blackboard

NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

  • E.CORBELLINI, S. SAVIOLO, Management in fashion and luxury companies, ETAS, 2009 (chapters 1-8).
  • S.SAVIOLO, G. BORNEY, The Branded Supply Chain, BUP, 2021 (all chapters cases included)

  • S.SAVIOLO "Business models and go to market strategies in fashion" Working paper 2023 available on blackboard

Last change 30/05/2023 10:21