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.

Kevin Schulman, Natalie Yu

Devoted Health aimed to build the next-generation Medicare Advantage health insurance plan, taking advantage of tech solutions to ensure cost containment for the company’s bottom line— and a high-quality health care plan that treated members...

H. Irving Grousbeck, David Dodson, Erika Feldhausen

The Eyewitness Surveillance II case tells the story of Rush Arnold and RT McCloy, friends who met while studying at Wharton, who raise a search fund under the name Channelstone Partners. In the fall of...

Cindie Wu Gasper, Kevin Schulman, David Scheinker

Health care management requires careful planning for efficient operations, in an environment where technology, best practices, and patient demands continue to change rapidly. This case study presents an operations management decision at a large academic...

Stefanos Zenios, Meredith Colton-Hazy

This case describes how Microsoft became a leader in cloud products from 2014 to 2019. It concisely defines “the cloud” and dives into how the leadership of Satya Nadella, the development of Azure, and the...

Saumitra Jha, Vyoma Jha

This case presents the challenges facing BMW and Toyota in choosing how to address the divergence between the Trump administration and the State of California’s standards over U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The...

Jennifer Aaker, Blake Kavanaugh

In the process of searching for a preschool for his son, Sepandar “Sep” Kamvar realized the ideal school he was envisioning did not yet exist. He decided to start a school that would serve to...

Russell Siegelman, Mitchel Scott, Margot Sutherland

The Opendoor case follows head of market operations Megan Meyer as her team develops a strategy to enter Los Angeles, a substantial departure from the existing real estate markets the company had worked in through...

Jennifer Aaker; Naomi Bagdonas, Tom Bedecarré, Blake Kavanaugh

This case provides a study of Stephen Curry’s journey as a model for how to “Ruin the Game” in your own life. It doesn’t require that you lead a championship basketball player as one of...

Leo Linbeck III; Arielle Ziv

Burj Al Hamam was one of the oldest oriental restaurants in Lebanon. The restaurant was founded by Fawzi El Khoury in 1958 and has been in the family ever since. The company was passed down...

Sarah A. Soule, Stephan Leixnering, Markus Höllerer, Margot Sutherland

Erste Group (“Erste”), one of the largest financial services providers in Central and Eastern Europe, faced a rapidly changing business environment in 2019: fintech startups were unbundling retail banking services as consumers’ expectations for service...

Katherine Casey, Christy Johnson

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...

Yossi Feinberg , Mitchel Scott, Amadeus Orleans

The case follows the design and creation of a software innovation lab at Volkswagen. Particular issues explored include the role and structure of internal innovation groups, establishing culture and defining business models for innovation, and...

Steve Ciesinski, Howie Rosen, Erika Feldhausen

This case describes the development of ALLVP, a Mexico-based venture capital firm, from founding to Fund III. It discusses how Federico Antoni and Fernando Lelo de Larrea, ALLVP’s founders, positioned the firm to address unmet...

Saumitra Jha

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...

Katherine Casey, Kenneth Shotts, Christy Johnson

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...

David Dodson, Erika Feldhausen

This case introduces students to the founding story and growth of Whole Foods, a large grocery chain focused on healthy, organic, and whole foods retailing. The case describes some of the considerations Walter Robb (co-CEO...

Cor van der Wal, George Foster

Topgolf started with the simple concept that it was time to rethink the “joyless mud fields” of golf—and apply microchip technology to create new frontiers in the game. Topgolf Watford, the company’s first facility, opened...

David Dodson

If you’re committed to excellent leadership, you’ll have to replace employees who aren’t a good fit. Further, a willingness to replace underperformers, or those in the wrong job, sends the message to your organization that...

David Dodson

One of the more common mistakes in the hiring process is failing to offer vigilant, clear, and supportive onboarding for new hires. Too often, managers celebrate the moment a candidate accepts an offer but forget...

David Dodson

Too often we give lip-service to the importance of building a team and how important hiring is, yet for many organizations, they don’t back this up with action. The most common reason is that to...

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