Publicis Groupe 2009: Toward a Digital Transformation
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Harvard Business School
affiliation not provided to SSRN
March 9, 2009
HBS Case No. 309-085
Harvard Business School General Management Unit
After a series of acquisitions, Maurice Levy, the Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, had created the fourth largest marketing and communications company in the world. His next major challenge was managing the company's digital transformation. In December 2006, Levy acquired Boston-based Digitas, the market's leading digital agency, headed by David Kenny. After the initial merger, which included the unbundling of Digitas capabilities and the global expansion of its agency network, Publicis Groupe launched VivaKi, a new company-wide digital platform, to spearhead the firm's total transformation. But since the June 2008 launch, the global economy had taken a turn for the worse. Could Levy, Kenny, and other leaders change the holding company quickly and effectively enough to make the new model work?
Date posted: October 19, 2009
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