Case Studies

Highlighted Case

The following represents selected case studies by faculty on corporate governance and leadership topics. View all case studies published by Stanford GSB.

Keller Williams Realty (HR-29B)

Publication Year: 2011
Author(s): David F. Larcker; James N. Baron, Brian Tayan

This case is a follow up to Keller Williams (A) HR-29A, and explains the actions taken by Keller Williams in response to the residential real estate market downturn in 2008 and 2009. The case explains the programs and initiatives put in place by the company to boost agent count, increase productivity, and reduce expenses throughout the organization. It also explains how the company relied on these initiatives to not only survive the market downturn but to thrive, achieving success by leveraging the strengths of the company’s operating model, core principles, and values.



Selected Case Studies

2012

Case No. Topic Author(s)

OB85

Dealing with a Toxic Boss

David L. Bradford

OB84

Cypress Semiconductor: A Federation of Entrepreneurs

David Caldwell; Charles A. O'Reilly III

OB81A

Paragon Legal: A New Model (A)

Sarah A Soule; Shelley Correll; Debra Schifrin

OB81B

Paragon Legal: A New Model (b)

Sarah A Soule; Shelley Correll; Debra Schifrin

OB83(A)

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company: Becoming a Global Company (A)

Charles A. O'Reilly III; Asaka Itoh; Hiromichi Kimura; Chris Beaumont; Robert Kneller  

OB83(B)

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (B): The Millennium Acquisition

Charles A. O'Reilly III; Asaka Itoh; Hiromichi Kimura; Chris Beaumont; Robert Kneller

OB83(C)

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company (C): The Future of Takeda

Charles A. O'Reilly III; Asaka Itoh; Hiromichi Kimura; Chris Beaumont; Robert Kneller  

OB84

Cypress Semiconductor: A Federation of Entrepreneurs

David Caldwell; Charles A. O'Reilly III 

OB79V

Ross Walker's Path to Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer

OB45V-12

Gary Loveman: Paths to Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer

2011

Case No. Topic Author(s)

E429

John Stanton: Managing Successful Partnerships

H. Irving Grousbeck; Arar Han

HR-29B

Keller Williams Realty (B)

David F. Larcker; James N. Baron; Brian Tayan

OB79

Ross Walker's Path to Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer

SM196

Environmental Sustainability at REI

Stefan J. Reichelstein; David Hoyt

2010

Case No. Topic Author(s)

CG21

Multimillionaire Matchmaker: An Inside Look At CEO Succession Planning

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG20A

Sharks in the Water: Battling an Activist Investor for Corporate Control (A)

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG20B

Sharks in the Water: Battling an Activist Investor for Corporate Control (B)

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-19

Equity on Demand: The Netflix Approach to Compensation

David F. Larcker; Allan McCall; Brian Tayan

CG-18

Baker Hughes: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

E347A

Suntech Power Holdings (A): The Pre-IPO Years

Antonio Davila; George Foster; Ning Jia

E347B

Suntech Power Holdings (B): The Post-IPO Years

Antonio Davila; George Foster; Ning Jia

HR37

Manutech Corporation: President and Chief Operating Officer Search

Hayagreeva Rao; Thomas J Friel

HR36

Chemrad Corporation: President and CEO Search

Hayagreeva Rao; Thomas J Friel

L17

JetBlue Airways: A New Beginning

Charles A. O'Reilly III; Hayagreeva Rao; Robert I. Sutton; David Hoyt  

M336

Amplifying Perceptions: How JetBlue Uses Twitter to Drive Engagement and Satisfaction

Jennifer L. Aaker; Sara Gaviser Leslie; David Hoyt; David Rogier

M325

Kiva.org and the Power of a Story

Jennifer L. Aaker; Victoria Chang

OB78

A Note on Women and Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer

OB77

Highbridge Capital Management: Building a Sustainable Organization

Roderick M. Kramer; Michael Brimm; Julia Bator; Victoria Chang 

2009

Case No. Topic Author(s)

A203

AIG - Blame for the Bailout

Maureen F. McNichols; Nathan T. Blair

A197

Baidu.com, Inc.: Valuation at IPO

Joseph D Piotroski; George Foster;   Jennie Tung; Sara Gaviser Leslie; Ning Jia; Martin Haemmig

CG-17B

Royal Dutch/Shell: A Shell Game With Oil Reserves—Governance Overhaul After Scandal (B)

David F. Larcker; Robert Lawson, Brian Tayan

CG-17A

Royal Dutch/Shell: A Shell Game With Oil Reserves (A)

David F. Larcker; Robert Lawson, Brian Tayan

CG-16

The Management of Berkshire Hathaway

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-15

Selecting a CEO: The Leader, the Business Builder, or the Technologist

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

E368

Bonobos Inc. Early Management Challenges

Joel C. Peterson; Bethany Coates

E368 Appendix A

Bonobos Inc. Early Management Challenges Appendix 

Joel C. Peterson; Bethany Coates  

E326(B)

Amanda's (B)

Garth Saloner; Claire Magat

E326(A)

Amanda's (A)

Garth Saloner; Claire Magat

HR34

Scaling: How China-Based VanceInfo Grows Big Fast

Hayagreeva Rao; Pamela Yatsko

L15

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals: Changing the Mindsets and Behaviors of 17,000 People... One Person at a Time

Robert I. Sutton; Hayagreeva Rao; Isaac Waisberg

OB75

Incentive Problems in a Software Company

Jeffrey Pfeffer 

OB73V

Zia Yusuf: Paths to Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer 

OB73

Zia Yusuf at SAP: Having Impact

Jeffrey Pfeffer 

OB72

Kimberly-Clark Andean Region: Creating a Winning Culture

Jeffrey Pfeffer; Megan Elisabeth Anderson

OB45V-09

Gary Loveman: Paths to Power

Jeffrey Pfeffer

2008

Case No. Topic Author(s)

A200

Disclosure Dilemma: Financial Reporting of Contingent and Environmental Liabilities

Alan D. Jagolinzer; Nathan T. Blair; C. Gregory Rogers

A-198

Financial Restatements: Methods Companies Use to Distort Financial Performance

Madhav V. Rajan; Brian Tayan

CG-14

Executive Compensation:  Moving from Utility Services to Power Trading at Aquila

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-13

Attention Shoppers: Executive Compensation at Kroger, Safeway, Costco and Whole Foods

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-12

Say On Pay...Does the Buck Stop Here?

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-11

Models of Corporate Governance: Who's The Fairest of them all?

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

E314

Finding the Idea: Ning

Garth Saloner; Katherine Rudolph Bose

E298

Circles: Lifecycle of a New Venture

Garth Saloner; R. James Ellis; Amanda Silverman

E297

Bonobos Inc.

Joel C. Peterson; Bethany Coates

EM4

Ron Meyer: Universal Studios President and COO

William Guttentag; Roderick M. Kramer; Victoria Chang

HR33

Chez Panisse Foundation: Scaling Up A Delicious Revolution

Hayagreeva Rao; Gili Elkin

HR32

Seeing in the Dark: Innovation at FLIR Commercial Vision Systems

Hayagreeva Rao; David Hoy

HR31

Employee Recognition at Intuit

Hayagreeva Rao; David Hoyt

L13

Institute For Healthcare Improvement: The Campaign to Save 100,000 Lives

Hayagreeva Rao; David Hoyt

OB67

Nuria Chinchilla: The Power to Change Workplaces

Jeffrey Pfeffer; Megan Elisabeth Anderson

OB66

A Note on Social Networks and Network Structure

Jeffrey Pfeffer

OB41

Note on Power and Social Interaction

Jeffrey Pfeffer

2007

Case No. Topic Author(s)

HR-29 (A)

Keller Williams Realty

James N. Baron; Brian Tayan

CG-10

10b5-1 Plans: Mortgaging a Defense Against Insider Trading

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-09

Shareholder Democracy: Does Gretchen Get it Right?

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-08

Corporate Governance Ratings: Got The Grade… What was the Test?

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-07

There's a New Sheriff in Town: Institutional Shareholder Services

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-06

Sovereign Bancorp and Relational Investors: The Role of the Activist Hedge Fund

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

CG-05

Executive Compensation at Nabors Industries:  Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?

David F. Larcker; Brian Tayan

A196A

AOL Time Warner (A): Accounting for Goodwill

Ron Kasznik;   Brian Tayan

A196B

AOL Time Warner (B): Recognition of Goodwill Impairment

Ron Kasznik;   Brian Tayan

A195

The Walt Disney Company: Investor Communications Strategy

Maureen F. McNichols; Brian Tayan

A194

AMB Property Corporation: Financial Reporting in the REIT Industry

Maureen F. McNichols;   Brian Tayan

A193

Earnings Conference Calls: Hewlett-Packard Company

Maureen F. McNichols; Brian Tayan

A192

The Coca-Cola Company: Accounting for Investments in Bottlers

Ron Kasznik;   Brian Tayan

A187

Halliburton Company: Accounting for Cost Overruns and Recoveries

Maureen F. McNichols;   Brian Tayan

2006 and Prior

Case No. Topic Author(s)

CG-4A

Oracle's Hostile Takeover of PeopleSoft (A)

Robert M. Daines; Davina Drabkin; Vinay B Nair

CG-4B

PeopleSoft Finally Accepts Oracle's Offer (B)

Robert M. Daines; Davina Drabkin

F275

HelloWallet

John Beshears; Debra Schifri

F270

Risk at Freddie Mac

J. Darrell Duffie; Erin Yurday

F269

Structured Credit Index Products and Default Correlation

J. Darrell Duffie; Erin Yurday

F268

Emergence of Default Swap Index Products

J. Darrell Duffie; Erin Yurday

HR27

Rite-Solutions: Mavericks Unleashing the Quiet Genius of Employees

Hayagreeva Rao; David Hoyt

HR25B

Internal Branding at Yahoo!: Crafting the Employee Value Proposition

Charles A. O'Reilly III; Tim Perlstein; Aneesha Capur

HR25A

Yahoo! - A New HR Challenge (A)

Charles A. O'Reilly III; Charles Catalano  

HR22

Transforming Human Resources At Novartis: The Human Resources Information System (HRIS)

Charles A. O'Reilly III; Irene Wang