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.

|ETH21
Jennifer Aaker, Fei Fei Li, Thomas Higginbotham, Zoe Weinberg, Wendy De La Rosa
2020

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...

|ETH24
Jennifer Aaker, Fei Fei Li, Thomas Higginbotham, Zoe Weinberg, Wendy De La Rosa
2020

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...

|M387
Jennifer Aaker, Susannah Shattuck
2020

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...

|M388
JenniferAaker, Maile Lesica, Vinamarta Singal, Christy Turlington Burns
2020

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...

|E734
David Dodson, Scott Mitchel
2020

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...

|SM338
William Barnett, Robert Siegel, Laila AlJasem
2020

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...

|E683
Peter Kelly, Jeffrey Conn
2020

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...

|E738
H. Irving Grousbeck, David Dodson, Erika Feldhausen
2020

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...

|E730
David Dodson, Mitchel Scott
2020

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...

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Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

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...

|E727B
Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

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...

|E721
Robert Siegel, Mitchel Scott
2020

The Klöckner case follows CEO Gisbert Rühl and his team as they prepare for the operational consequences of digital transformation at the century-old German steel distributor. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Klöckner...

|E727A
Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

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...

|E727C
Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

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...

|E727D
Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

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...

|E728
Peter Ziebelman , Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to the large Brazilian mobile conglomerate, Movile, and its mobile food delivery subsidiary, iFood. It focuses on the experiences of these companies learning business lessons from Silicon Valley and China. In...

|E731
Irving H Grousheck
2020

The Bomi Mexico case recounts the difficulties faced by Mario Sicilia, a recent CEO of Bomi Mexico, shortly after his acquisition of the company through a search fund. The case specifically highlights a situation where...

|E705
George Foster, Sheila Melvin
2020

Privateer illustrates the challenges of a 2011 new venture company in the cannabis market when legalization was on the legislative agenda of several U.S. States. Initial plan was a venture fund to take equity positions...

|E713
George Foster, Sheila Melvin
2020

THRIVE’s mission was to accelerate, invest in, and work with entrepreneurs, investors, and Fortune 500 corporations to advance the future of food and agriculture through innovation. Comprised of top agriculture, food and technology corporations, universities,...

|E726
Peter Kelly, Sara Heston
2020

The 2020 Search Fund Study reports on the financial returns and key qualities of search funds formed in the United States and Canada since 1984. This report updates the previous 2018 study with data through December 31, 2019.