Internationalization of the PGA Tour (The)

Numéro de cas : 9 00 2018 003
Cas publié dans la Revue internationale de cas en gestion, vol. 16, no 4
Date :  2018-12-19
Notes pédagogiques incluses :  Oui

This case describes the internationalization of the PGA Tour, the U.S.’s professional golf circuit. Propelled in part by the popularity of golf in its domestic market, the PGA Tour built a successful business model attracting the best international players and global corporate sponsors. While the popularity of golf is showing no signs of waning in the U.S., it has been growing fast in other parts of the world. Now attempting to capitalize on opportunities abroad, the PGA Tour faces two challenges: some components of its business model do not lend themselves to internationalization, and its strongest rival, the European Tour, got a head start on the international scene in the early 1990s by gaining a foothold in many important markets.

This is a decision-making case. It describes recent events (1996–2017) surrounding the internationalization of the PGA Tour and the competitive rivalry between the PGA Tour and its main challenger, the European Tour. Students are asked to put themselves in the position of Jay Monahan, the newly appointed PGA Tour commissioner, and assess whether the international strategy of the PGA Tour will give it a competitive advantage, particularly since the European Tour is challenging the PGA Tour’s dominant position.

Objectifs pédagogiques

This case aims to help students to do the following:

  1. Identify the key factors that prevent a business model from being internationalized and of a strategy that could help address that challenge.
  2. Learn how to deal with multimarket competition. When competitors are simultaneously present in several countries, their competitive responses are more complex.
Discipline principal :  Affaires internationales
Discipline secondaire :  Management
Secteurs d'activité :  Arts, spectacles et loisirs
Type :  Cas traditionnel (Cas décisionnel)
Lieu de l'événement :  International
Année de début de l'événement :  1996
Année de fin de l'événement :  2017
Taille de l'entreprise :  Multinationale
Concepts et théories en lien avec le cas

Multimarket competition