HBR Case Study for Baris Karakullukcu and transformation of Mudo :

After 16 years in management consulting, Barış Karakullukçu left to become the CEO of Mudo in 2012, one of the best-known names in Turkey’s retail industry. She was tasked with leading Mudo’s transition from a family business to a more institutionalized, corporate structure and ensuring a smooth handover of the company from the first- to the second-generation owner. As CEO, she makes a series of difficult decisions to transform the company. She develops a new performance management system, reengineers most of the operations, and replaces 80% of the management team including several C-level executives. Two years later, the impact on operations is positive; however, the company’s profitability continues to struggle. Karakullukçu must decide how best to move forward. While the founder seeks rapid and opportunistic growth, Karakullukçu believes that the company should stabilize its cost structure and limit expansion plans.