Case Study

Humans on demand: Coople’s staffing platform at a crossroads

16 pages
February 2020
Reference: IMD-7-2162

Founded in 2011 by the Swiss entrepreneur Viktor Calabrò, Coople operates the largest on-demand staffing platform in Europe. It has enjoyed rapid growth and is considered one of the most successful Swiss based tech start-up / platform company. The case features Viktor Calabrò, founder of Coople, and his thinking about the future of the company he founded in 2011. The case is set in 2019 where Viktor in his role as major shareholder, founder and Chairman of the board is faced with strategic choices how to continue to drive Coople’s growth story and retaliate against copycats which are arising on the horizon. This strategy and business innovation case explores how innovative business models disrupt traditional industries, especially if those industries are not able to self-cannibalize. It covers the key elements of successful platform strategy (network effects, the importance of scaling and automation) as well as the platform paradox and the strategic choices needed when growing from a start-up into an established company.

Learning Objective
  • Understand successful platform strategy, network effects and their disruptive power.
  • Discuss Coople’s growth strategy based on the blitzscaling framework and its founder’s role during the company’s growth stages.
  • Understand how changes in industry core assumptions create new customer value propositions and disrupt existing industry players if these are unable to leap into new knowledge disciplines.
  • Identify organizational resources & capabilities which create competitive advantage.
Coople, Business Management Services, Staffing and Recruiting
2009 to 2019
Field Research
© 2020
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