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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|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...

|P78A
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...

|P79A
Saumitra Jha
2012

In 1985, M.C. Mehta, a lawyer and head of his own environmental NGO, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India to enforce the 1981 Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution)...

|P79B
Saumitra Jha
2012

In 1985, M.C. Mehta, a lawyer and head of his own environmental NGO, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India to enforce the 1981 Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution)...

|P79C
Saumitra Jha
2012

In 1985, M.C. Mehta, a lawyer and head of his own environmental NGO, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India to enforce the 1981 Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution)...

|P73
Ken Shotts, David Hoyt, Ashish Jhina
2012

A reliable, safe, supply of drinking water is essential to the survival of communities. In many places the water supply is under stress—a condition that is expected to get progressively more challenging in the future....

|P77
David Baron
2011

Goldman Sachs was a bank, but it did not take deposits, issue credit cards, make mortgage loans, or interact with consumers. For most of its history Goldman was organized as a partnership and operated as...

|P74
Alexander Hirsch, Ken Shotts
2011

Comprehensive health care insurance reform was a perennial goal of the Democratic Party. Although reform efforts had persistently ended in failure, proponents of reform saw a new window of opportunity after the 2008 Presidential election....

|P75
Cameron Bell, Theo Milonopoulos, Charles Nicas, Condoleezza Rice, Daniel Slate
2011

The United States has pursued a number of punitive economic sanctions – through executive orders, acts of Congress, and multilateral U.N. Security Council resolutions – to isolate the Islamic Republic of Iran for its refusal...

|P76
David Baron
2010

Despite concerns about censorship and putting users in jeopardy, Google decided to launch Google.cn in 2006. Google stated that it would monitor conditions in China and even reconsider its approach to China if warranted.

Three...

|GS72
Condoleezza Rice, William Barnett, Cameron Bell
2009

Examining the relationship between the Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom and the countries of the European Union, this case explores the interaction between geopolitics and business.

|GS73
Condoleezza Rice, William Barnett, Cecilia Hyunjung Mo
2009

Examining the impact of domestic politics on international business contracts, this case explores the controversy surrounding the 2005 attempt by DP World to take a stake in U.S. port operations.

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