California State University San Bernardino Business Case Study


Susan has recently been made product manager of PediaBoost, a nutritional supplement in her company’s infant product line. PediaBoost has been on the market for more than two decades, is FDA approved, and is considered so reliable by the parents of newborns that the PediaBoost brand name is considered as synonymous with nutritional supplements for infants. Market research has discovered that adults are now using PediaBoost as a supplement during detoxification diets/flushes that are considered part of a healthy lifestyle.

Market research presents their findings to the executive committee and proposes a marketing blitz to effectively capture PediaBoost’s use in this alternative market. The marketing strategy will involve a sticker on the product touting the health benefits of the activity and PediaBoost’s relation to it. The marketing department gives a conservative projection of a 50% increase in sales of PediaBoost over the next five years. Everyone at the meeting appears to be impressed, especially since the PediaBoost production line has plenty of spare capacity. Indeed, most of the products the firm produces are in the “mature” phase of their life cycle and the firm is in increasing need of new sources of growth.

At a dinner party Susan brings up discussion of detoxifications to kick start a diet. Several guests remark that they have used PediaBoost for this activity and that several books by diet gurus mention it by name as part of a detoxification cycle that is part of a healthy lifestyle.

In browsing the web, Susan finds several yet unpublished university studies linking detoxification diets/flushes with reducing the effectiveness of flu shots for adults. Further, PediaBoost was used in many of these trials. Susan now has doubts about positioning her product for this market. She realizes that if she has access to these studies, then so does the relevant government regulating authority. She also realizes that if she suggests pulling the plug on the marketing blitz, it may derail her from the fast track to promotion. At the same time, being placed in charge of PediaBoost in the first place is already a good signal that she is moving up the corporate ladder. She considers how to make her position most effectively within the firm.

3. How should Susan convey her message? What styles, media, and/or tactics should she use? (make sure to explain why the style, media and or tactic you have chosen would be effective).

4. What personal values might come into play in how Susan decides to address this with the firm (think of Susan’s decision from all sides)?