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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Paul Brest, Debra Schifrin

Despite its overall prosperity and booming economy, King County in Washington state faced persistent inequities in poverty, homelessness, and unemployment based on race and place. This case covers the period 2014 to 2019, during which...

William Meehan III, Sheila Melvin

King Philanthropies (KP) was a grant-making organization that employed a highly intentional and carefully targeted approach to philanthropy. It was guided by relentless pursuit of its mission: to alleviate extreme poverty by magnifying the impact...

Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi

In late March 2017, Clara Miller, director and president of the F.B. Heron Foundation (“Heron”), a philanthropic institution focused on helping people help themselves out of poverty, sat down to put the finishing touches on...

David Dodson, Cameron Lehman

Case follows Leila Janah, a Harvard-educated social entrepreneur, on her mission to “give work” – provide jobs, rather than just money, clothes or food – to those in impoverished communities overseas and in the United...

Charles Ewald, Heidi Krauel Patel, Jaclyn Foroughi

In the fall of 2017, Beneficial State Bank, a triple bottom line community development bank serving areas of California, Oregon, and Washington, had completed its fourth successive year of normalized profitability while continuing to...

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Following an employer’s liquidity event, Linda Shoemaker and her husband, Steve Brett, unexpectedly came into significant financial resources. As a result, they founded the Brett Family Foundation, which Shoemaker ran as president. Based on her...

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang

John Goldman is a sixth generation San Franciscan and a descendant of Levi Strauss, the entrepreneur who started the apparel company that bore his name. For generations, philanthropy has been an important part of the...

Ken Shotts, David Hoyt, Ashish Jhina

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....

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang

Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems, created the Siebel Foundation in 1996. In 2005, Siebel came to learn about the prevalence and devastating economic and human costs of methamphetamine (“meth”) abuse across the country, particularly...

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Victoria Chang

In 1913, Benjamin Altman made a capital stock investment (the stock was from his department store B. Altman & Co.) to create the Altman Foundation. Since that time, the foundation has both honored Mr. Altman’s...

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