Case Studies

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

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|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...

|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...

|SM220B
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...

|ETH4
Neil Malhotra, Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin
2014

Driverless cars – once the stuff of science fiction – are fast becoming reality. Indeed, some automotive companies have said they expect to sell autonomous vehicles to the public by 2020. The advent of such...

|IB107
Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegart, Jessica Renier
2014

Examines a hypothetic challenge facing a telecom company as it enters a frontier market that is undergoing political changes.

|P82
Steven Callander, David Hoyt
2013

In 2011, The Walt Disney Company and other content owners aggressively lobbied Congress to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The intent was to prevent unauthorized copying and transmission of copyrighted materials. This had...

|ETH-03
Ken Shotts, Sheila Melvin
2013

On June 27, 2012, the storied British bank Barclays admitted that it repeatedly attempted to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) over a four-year period from 2005-2009. In its settlement, Barclays agreed to pay...

|P84
Donald Kennedy, Debra Schifrin
2013

The case presents the challenges confronting BrightSource, a company building a commercial-scale concentrated solar power plant in California in 2013: 1) environmentalists wanted to protect a threatened species at the site of the new plant,...

|P83
Donald Kennedy, Debra Schifrin
2013

“Natural Gas and Its Role in the New Energy Dynamics” presents a comprehensive look at new natural gas extraction technology (hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and horizontal drilling), as well as the economic and climate effects...

|P81
Steven Callander, David Hoyt
2012

Uber, which began operations in 2010, provided a service that allowed customers to call for a limousine using their mobile device. A car would arrive within minutes, and the fee for the trip (including gratuity)...

|P78B
Saumitra Jha, Debra Schifrin
2012

Managing Local Political Risk: Parking the Tata Nano highlights the role of political geography in shaping risks to businesses. The case has three parts: an (A) case, (B) case, and (C) case. The (A) case...

|P78C
Saumitra Jha, Debra Schifrin
2012

Managing Local Political Risk: Parking the Tata Nano highlights the role of political geography in shaping risks to businesses. The case has three parts: an (A) case, (B) case, and (C) case. The (A) case...