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Publicis Groupe 2009: Toward a Digital Transformation

Posted: 19 Oct 2009  

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Harvard Business School

Matthew Bird

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 9, 2009

Abstract

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?

Suggested Citation

Moss Kanter, Rosabeth and Bird, Matthew, Publicis Groupe 2009: Toward a Digital Transformation (March 9, 2009). HBS Case No. 309-085; Harvard Business School General Management Unit. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1491057

Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Contact Author)

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Matthew Bird

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