Syntex Laboratories (resource allocation)

This case provides a vehicle for discussing issues such as resource allocation, judgmental calibration of response models and implementation. The work in the case received the Edelman Prize in 1988 and the associated videotape gives a fascinating view of the process and describes the outcome.

* Please note this is a Harvard Business School case and the case itself must be licensed from Harvard.

Managerially complex

A case study is deemed managerially complex when its solution is ambiguous, unclear, or requires extensive judgment calls; it is best suited for advanced students or executive education settings.

Technically complex

A case study is deemed technically complex when its solution requires extensive data manipulation, or when it requires to juggle with more than one marketing model.


Some case studies depict historical problems taking place decades ago. While graduate students and executive education participants have no problem with these cases, undergraduate students might find them dated.