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Case Studies

This listing contains abstracts and ordering information for case studies written and published by faculty at Stanford GSB.

Hau L Lee, Laurent De Clara

In June 2015, Peter Phillips, Chief Operating Officer of Frontier Services Group (FSG), was preparing an update for the board on how operations would support the company’s new strategy. Given the ongoing decline in...

Paul Brest, Debra Schifrin

In 2016, Santa Clara County was launching a six-year project aimed at reducing the enormous costs of treating its most acute mental health care patients − $45 million a year − while improving their treatment...

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray

In 1994, Arthur “Buzz” Schmidt, GuideStar’s founder, launched an organization with a staff of five. The organization, then known as Philanthropic Research, was formed with the simple goal of making basic information on nonprofits easily...

Kenneth Scheve, Ruxi Zhang

It is September 2013.  The new Chinese President Xi Jinping will soon launch his tour in Central Asia.  On this tour, the President is deciding whether to launch a grand investment strategy, which he calls...

Nikhar Gaikwad, Kenneth Scheve

In June 1991, India was in the midst of a currency and balance of payments crisis the likes the country had not seen since independence in 1947. The country’s foreign exchange reserves were barely enough...

Nikhar Gaikwad, Kenneth Scheve

In December 2015, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and the de facto leader of the EU, faced the challenge of formulating an effective policy response to Europe’s migration crisis. Merkel must decide whether Germany can...

George Foster, Sara Rosenthal

The What’s Up Moms case tells the story of three friends, Meg Resnikoff, Connie Kin, and Elle Walker, who co-founded a YouTube channel called What’s Up Moms to provide instructive and humorous video content targeted...

David Dodson, Ryan Kissick

The Mary Chowning case examines several managerial challenges that Mary Chowning encountered during her first year as chief financial officer (CFO) of the fictitious company Nutrigenics.  Through Chowning’s tribulations, the case provides an opportunity for...

H. Irving Grousbeck, Ryan Kissick

The ConvenientMD case highlights the role of emotion and ambiguity in business interactions.  ConvenientMD, led by co-CEOs Gareth Dickens and Max Puyanic, operated urgent care centers (UCCs) in the northeastern United States.  UCCs are medical...

Thomas Layton, Sara Rosenthal

The UltraCase case tells the story of a company founded in the 1970s by an avid scuba diver who decided to build a business around products that would maximize his diving experience.  Among his first...

H. Irving Grousbeck, Sara Rosenthal

Coley Andrews could never have anticipated when he cofounded Pacific Lake Partners, a search fund investment firm, in 2009, that he would spend as much time managing people as he would the firm’s investment strategy. ...

H. Irving Grousbeck, Bethany Coates, Sara Rosenthal

Mary Jones was the CEO of the Richardson County Community Association (RCCA), a nonprofit with assets of $250 million and annual grants totaling $50 million to charitable organizations in Richardson County, Colorado.  As CEO of...

Robert E. Siegel, Jessica Morgan

This case explores the transformation of a company, ComplexAminos, from a failing start-up to a successful organization preparing for a liquidity event.  After conducting a six-year turnaround strategy, the CEO needed to decide whether the...

Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel-Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi

In the fall of 2015, Beneficial State Bank was set to mark its third successive year of normalized profitability while continuing to fulfill its mission to promote social justice and environmental sustainability.  At the same...

Maureen McNichols, Jaclyn Foroughi

In November 2004, as presidential hopeful John Kerry conceded the presidential race to George W. Bush, husband and wife team and Democratic supporters Tom Steyer (MBA ’83) and Kat Taylor (JD/MBA ’86) found themselves at...

Lisa De Simone, Jeff Hoopes, Rebecca Lester, Sheila Melvin

Etsy was an online craft bazaar founded in 2005 in a loft in Brooklyn, New York. The company was known for its emphasis on social responsibility, transparency, authenticity, and its somewhat nontraditional approach to business. ...

Lisa De Simone, Jeff Hoopes, Rebecca Lester, Sheila melvin

An increasing number of global corporations have experienced negative publicity over complicated tax structures established to minimize their tax burdens.  In the case of U.S. companies, there has been a growing outcry over “inversions,” a...

David Dodson, Jessica Morgan

This case tells the growth story of a social impact company delivering solar lighting to the developing world.  The case focuses on how the founders decided to bring on a new CEO to run the...

William F. Meehan, Ali Gara

This case explores the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) creative and effective use of the private equity business model as a tool to mobilize financing for economic development around the world. In its bid to provide...

John Glynn, Susan Pohlmeyer

The case examines the development of Founders Fund from a firm with a single, small venture capital fund to a firm with several billion in committed capital under management. The case highlights the challenges the...