Case Studies

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

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Leadership in Focus is a large collection of case vignettes, teaching, and learning resources that bring real-world business challenges to life and spark lively discussions aimed at improving executive skills. Each short video is accompanied by teaching notes for added context, suggested discussion questions and role-playing ideas to help engage groups of managers in learning experiences of their own. Leaders may also experience the cases online with opportunities to calibrate their thinking for actionable insights.

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|P103
Katherine Casey, Christy Johnson
2020

This case focuses on the political economy of ethanol policy in the United States and Brazil. The cases outlines policies put in place by the governments of the United States and Brazil to bolster the...

|P100
Saumitra Jha
2020

Zūm Services, Inc., a children-focused transportation company, was looking to expand into Coronado, an island community near San Diego. The company’s initial model in the San Francisco Bay area was to offer families trusted transportation...

|P102
Katherine Casey, Kenneth Shotts, Christy Johnson
2020

This case reviews the path to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and the subsequent efforts that have been undertaken to repeal it. It focuses on the role of the government and interest groups...

|P98
Richard Clark, Nikhar Gaikwad, Kenneth Scheve
2019

It is March 2019, and Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s newly elected president, is deciding what to do about Brazil’s participation in the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change. Bolsonaro must weigh the economic and political costs...

|P99
Nikhar Gaikwad, Kenneth Scheve, Elisabeth van Lieshout
2019

What does the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) mean for a country like Malaysia? This case investigates the far-reaching domestic ramifications of this type of “mega-regional agreement,” as well as how international...

|P96
Steven Callander, Jeffrey Conn, Hencye Sights
2018

This note examines the economic and political impact of the Australian government’s deregulation and climate change policies, as well as a slew of additional corresponding market factors, on Australia’s energy and electricity markets. Since the...

|P93A
Steven Callander, Josh Richman, Cameron Lehman
2018

In 2015, the Nevada Public Utility Commission (PUC) passed a ruling that essentially eliminated net metering, dramatically reducing the compensation rate for home solar owners selling excess electricity back to the utility company. As a...

|P93B
Steven Callander, Cameron Lehman
2018

In 2015, the Nevada Public Utility Commission (PUC) passed a ruling that essentially eliminated net metering, dramatically reducing the compensation rate for home solar owners selling excess electricity back to the utility company. As a...

|P90 (C)
Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin
2017

Back in 1999, the Spanish oil company Repsol purchased 98 percent of the Argentine oil company YPF’s shares for more than $15 billion and changed its name to Repsol-YPF. At the time, the New York...

|P90 (B)
Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin
2017

Back in 1999, the Spanish oil company Repsol purchased 98 percent of the Argentine oil company YPF’s shares for more than $15 billion and changed its name to Repsol-YPF. At the time, the New York...

|P90 (A)
Katherine Casey, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin
2017

Back in 1999, the Spanish oil company Repsol purchased 98 percent of the Argentine oil company YPF’s shares for more than $15 billion and changed its name to Repsol-YPF. At the time, the New York...

|P92
Pathipati, Akhilesh S, Bundorf, Mary K
2016

This case follows John Fernandez, CEO of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, as he evaluates whether or not his organization should join Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest healthcare provider. Starting in the mid-2000s, there was a...

|P87
Kenneth Scheve, Ruxi Zhang
2016

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...

|P86
Nikhar Gaikwad, Kenneth Scheve
2016

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...

|P85
Nikhar Gaikwad, Kenneth Scheve
2016

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...

|P88
Nikhar Gaikwad, Kenneth Scheve, Jason Weinreb
2015

In November 2012, the Greek economy was on the precipice of collapse. Antonis Samaras, Greece’s newly elected Prime Minister, faced a difficult decision regarding the harsh terms of austerity proposed by the European Commission, European...

|ETH2
Keith Krehbiel
2015

The case expands its companion case, “Al-Shabaab, Gatekeepers, and the Ethics of Humanitarian Aid” (ETH-1), from the level of individual-within-organization to the level of organization-within-political system. The dire need for humanitarian assistance to Somalia’s hundreds...

|ETH1
Keith Krehbiel
2015

Following decades of civil strife among warring clans, and exacerbated by the worst drought in decades (2010-2012), millions of starving dislocated Somalis resided in crowded camps throughout the country. Humanitarian aid organizations made good-faith efforts...

|SM220
Paul Brest, Georgia Levenson Keohane
2014

This 2014 case discusses the U.S. nonprofit organization B Lab and its mission to support and help drive investment capital toward private enterprises that 1) aim to provide social and environmental benefits, and 2) are...

|SM226
Paul Brest, Debra Schifrin
2014

This 2014 case describes how the Los Angeles-based Magnolia Community Initiative (MCI) – a network of 70 government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations from multiple sectors – is trying to create population-level change for 110,000 people...

Publicly available cases in this collection are distributed by Harvard Business Publishing and The Case Centre.