Case Studies

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

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Jordan Raney, Wendy Reicher, Vanessa Lide, Naomi Bagdonas, Jennifer Aaker
2018

There was nothing humorous about an athlete’s dreams of Olympic gold, or the mission statement and values of USA Water Polo, a nonprofit that trained elite athletes to compete in the highest levels of competition...

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Paricha Duangtaweesub, Naomi Bagdonas, Jennifer Aaker
2018

Mary Roach established a name for herself with a series of humorous articles on the human body, then became a best-selling author of books like Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and Gulp: Adventures...

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Scott Katalenich, Naomi Bagdonas, Jennifer Aaker
2018

Mike Nemeth was a sophomore at West Point on 9/11. The atmosphere in the weeks that followed was somber, but Nemeth soon launched an underground humor factory, taping his mildly subordinate newspaper to the inside...

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Debra Schifrin, Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Leslie Blodgett, David Hornik, Kelly Leonard, Anne Libera
2018

“Leading with Humor” explores two major themes: 1) Why businesses should embrace and foster humor in the workplace, and 2) how individuals can bring humor and levity into their own organizations. The first section details...

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Peter Seibert, Sophia Pink, Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (Dick Costolo – Partner at Index Ventures and Former CEO of Twitter, Gregg Spiridellis – CEO and co-founder of JibJab, and Jenn Bane...

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Peter Seibert, Naomi Bagdonas, Jennifer Aaker
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (Dick Costolo – Partner at Index Ventures and Former CEO of Twitter, Gregg Spiridellis – CEO and co-founder of JibJab, and Jenn Bane...

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Peter Seibert, Sophia Pink, Naomi Bagdonas, Jennifer Aaker
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (Dick Costolo – Partner at Index Ventures and Former CEO of Twitter, Gregg Spiridellis – CEO and co-founder of JibJab, and Jenn Bane...

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Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Steve Reardon
2018

Steve Reardon, CEO of Bill4Time, loved a good practical joke. But humor was more than just a side passion—it helped shape how Reardon operated as a CEO, and helped define the office culture he...

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Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, Deloitte Partner Brian Fugere, and Friend of a Friend Productions CEO/Founder Eric Gurian) as they examine their strategic use of...

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Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert, Eric Gurian
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, Deloitte Partner Brian Fugere, and Friend of a Friend Productions CEO/Founder Eric Gurian) as they examine their strategic use of...

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Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert, Sara Blakely
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, Deloitte Partner Brian Fugere, and Friend of a Friend Productions CEO/Founder Eric Gurian) as they examine their strategic use of...

|M369
Wesley Hartmann, Debra Schifrin
2017

Rachio, a small Denver-based company, developed and sold a disruptive technology that digitized home sprinkler systems. Rachio’s “Smart Sprinkler Controller” enabled homeowners to reduce water usage by up to 50 percent by using detailed weather...

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Pedro M. Gardete
2017

Maria Almaden was considering the launch of a new business that would use traditional cheesemaking techniques to produce high-quality vegan cheese. Eager though she was to embark on her new endeavor, she first had to...

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Pedro M Gardete, Debra Schifrin
2016

Orb, a tiny Silicon Valley start-up, came up with a breakthrough technology. Before anyone else was doing it, Orb developed software that enabled every type of media on a PC (including music, photos, and videos)...

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Jennifer Aaker, Stephany Yong, Jessica Dodson
2016

This 2016 case describes how Bare Escentuals used innovative product design and marketing to transform itself from a local San Francisco retailer into one of the leading cosmetic companies in the United States. In 1995,...

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Jennifer Aaker, Debra Schifrin
2016

In 2015, Federica Marchionni left her position as the president of the high fashion company Dolce & Gabbana USA to become the CEO of Lands’ End.  She came with a mandate to drive the $1.4...

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Jennifer Aaker, Stephany Yong, Jessica Dodson, Tina Sharkey, Dane Howard
2016

This case describes how eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe, leading a multibillion-dollar global technology company in a highly competitive and changing environment, embraced design thinking as a key ingredient of culture change and a catalyst...

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S. Christian Wheeler, Andrew Malcolm
2016

At the end of 2011, Microsoft was closing its acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion.  Skype had more than 500 million registered users, revenue exceeded $600 million, and the company accounted for 40 percent of...

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Wasim Azhar, Marc Fetscherin
2016

In January 2016, Mr. Tahir Raza Mian, Assistant Sales and Marketing Manager at the Avari Hotel Lahore (until 1994 known and operated as the Avari Lahore Ramada Renaissance Hotel), was concerned about the average room...

|M360
Baba Shiv, David Hoyt
2015

Atmel Corporation is a manufacturer of semiconductors (chips).  It is an engineering-driven business-to-business company, and prior to 2012 its marketing was largely limited to preparation of specifications, launching new products, and trade shows.  In 2012,...