Case Studies

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

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

Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin

Between 1999 and 2017, almost 400,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. An average of 130 died each day in 2017, six times the daily rate in 1999. These deaths were caused by both prescription...

William F Meehan III, Charles G Prober, Randi Zeeler

This roleplay is designed for four students to practice a challenging conversation in a professional setting. It is set in a law firm, GBR, whose senior partner has a close professional and personal relationship with...

William F Meehan III, Charles G Prober, Sheila Melvin

This case is designed to help students discuss gender identity.

Stanford GSB student Aubrey Flynn (they/them) is about to meet with Professor Olivia Clegg (she/her) during office hours.

Aubrey was made uncomfortable in discussions...

William F Meehan III, Charles G Prober, Sheila Melvin, Bernadette Clavier

This roleplay is designed to help students learn how to express divergent viewpoints. First year MBA student Zoe Greene is unhappy about a recent in-class discussion and dissatisfied with certain assumptions about capitalism that seem...

George Foster, Matthew Cruickshank, Gerzain Gutierrez, David Hoyt

Sonoma Raceway, located north of San Francisco, had a long history of hosting premier motor racing events. However, after decades of growth, fan attendance and viewership had started to decline in the 2010s. Fan demographics...

Amy Wilkinson, Nick Hubbard

The case describes the management style of Philipp Schindler, Google’s Chief Business Officer, and the programs and organizational structures he implemented to promote innovation within Google’s business organization.

Brandon Gipper, Jaclyn Foroughi

Groupon, a daily deals platform and Uber Technologies, a ride-hailing and delivery platform, faced a common issue related to a new revenue recognition standard (and later amendments) adopted by most public companies in 2018. The...

Jennifer Aaker, Fei Fei Li, Thomas Higginbotham, Zoe Weinberg, Wendy De La Rosa

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to drive humanity towards a better future for all. But it also comes with risks and challenges. At its best, AI will boost global economic prosperity, stimulate job growth...

Jennifer Aaker, Katie Solomon, Thomas Higginbotham, Zoe Weinberg

Compassion drives human beings to a deeper understanding of one another through perspective-taking and empathy. It is a fundamental is a tool for human connection but it seldom comes into conversation with artificial intelligence. This...

Jennifer Aaker, Fei Fei Li, Thomas Higginbotham, Zoe Weinberg, Wendy De La Rosa

Algorithms improve our daily lives by filtering spam emails and curating our social media feeds, but they’re also used to recommend prison sentences, identify top job candidates, or guide autonomous vehicles. With each application, the...

Jennifer Aaker, Fei Fei Li, Thomas Higginbotham, Zoe Weinberg, Wendy De La Rosa

The past two years have produced incredible momentum within the industry and academia to manage the risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI). These efforts have led to several frameworks that guide AI from design to...

Jennifer Aaker, Fei Fei Li, Thomas Higginbotham, Zoe Weinberg, Wendy De La Rosa

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already transformed our daily lives—from Siri and Alexa to Google Maps or Netflix. It drives innovation across sectors through medical diagnostics, supply chain automation, or robotics manufacturing. Many technologists expect artificial...

Jennifer Aaker, Susannah Shattuck

In the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people turned to the Zoom digital communication platform each day to connect with colleagues, friends, and family. Collaboration has always been key to human survival, and Zoom offered...

JenniferAaker, Maile Lesica, Vinamarta Singal, Christy Turlington Burns

Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit set up to help more mothers around the world survive childbirth, was looking for a way to reignite the discussion of maternal mortality, and help activate more Americans to get...

David Dodson, Scott Mitchel

The Rowell & Mackenzie case follows husband-and-wife executives Sarah Rowell and Scott Mackenzie as they weigh the decision whether or not to embark on a search fund. The case addresses the potential benefits and drawbacks...

William Barnett, Robert Siegel, Laila AlJasem

Boubyan Bank in 2009 was Kuwait’s smallest bank, with 10 branches located in commercial areas—and an increasing number of non-performing loans as the fallout from the 2008 global financial crisis continued. The case study tracks...

Peter Kelly, Jeffrey Conn

Case outlines the story of founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew and her safe and environmentally responsible beauty company Beautycounter. Case also walks readers through two separate difficult management scenarios experienced by Renfrew. The first focuses...

H. Irving Grousbeck, David Dodson, Erika Feldhausen

This case follows the story of Jay Davis and Jason Pananos, classmates from Harvard Business School who started a search fund, Nashton Partners. The case covers their decision to launch a search fund, their investment...

David Dodson, Mitchel Scott

The Unified Dental Care case follows search fund leaders Jason Jackson and Olaide Lawal as they evaluate whether or not to acquire Unified Dental Care, a mid-sized dental practice in Detroit. The case addresses managing...

Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen

This case introduces students to Sandy Kurtzig, the founder and CEO of the ASK software company, and the first woman to take a Silicon Valley tech company public. It gives a brief background of the...