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Roseda’s growth decision

Karyl Leggio (Department of Finance, Loyola University Maryland, Timonium, Maryland, USA)
Marilyn Taylor (Department of Business, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, USA)

Publication date: 2 May 2017



Roseda is a family-operated business that had its beginnings in a farm that Ed and his wife purchased before his retirement in 1994. The company’s current business strategy emphasizes producing high-quality natural Black Angus beef without using hormones, chemical additives or antibiotics in cattle feeding and by dry aging the carcasses for enhanced flavor. This case focuses on the alternative growth strategies that Ed Burchell confronts for Roseda in early 2015.

Research methodology

The founder of Roseda Beef and the lead author became acquainted many years ago. In 2014, the two owners of Roseda agreed to have a case written about the firm. The case is based on formal interviews, on site observations at Roseda Farms, and an extensive review of the documentation that exists on this privately held company. In addition, the company made some internal documents available including the income statements and balance sheets for this private company.

Relevant courses and levels

This course has been taught four times at the MBA level so far: twice in a strategic management course, and twice in a financial strategy course.

Theoretical bases

Roseda Beef was developed to provide students in a capstone strategy or finance course the opportunity to undertake a situational analysis including the firm’s summary financials and the rudimentary financial analysis of the expansion opportunities that are included in the case. The case is based on capital budgeting principles in finance and fundamentals of strategy development.



Disclaimer. This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision making. The authors may have disguised names; financial, and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.


Leggio, K. and Taylor, M. (2017), "Roseda’s growth decision", , Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 438-450.



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