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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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.

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H. Irving Grousbeck, David Dodson, Jim Ellis, Erika Feldhausen
2020

In May 2017, Tyler Coats signed a deal to become chief executive officer (CEO) of California Medical Transport (CMT), a California-based ambulance services company. Coats took the reins from husband-and-wife team Terry and Susan Smith...

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H. Irving Grousbeck, David Dodson, Erika Feldhausen
2020

The Eyewitness Surveillance II case tells the story of Rush Arnold and RT McCloy, friends who met while studying at Wharton, who raise a search fund under the name Channelstone Partners. In the fall of...

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Russell Siegelman, Mitchel Scott, Margot Sutherland
2020

The Opendoor case follows head of market operations Megan Meyer as her team develops a strategy to enter Los Angeles, a substantial departure from the existing real estate markets the company had worked in through...

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Leo Linbeck III; Arielle Ziv
2020

Burj Al Hamam was one of the oldest oriental restaurants in Lebanon. The restaurant was founded by Fawzi El Khoury in 1958 and has been in the family ever since. The company was passed down...

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Yossi Feinberg , Mitchel Scott, Amadeus Orleans
2020

The case follows the design and creation of a software innovation lab at Volkswagen. Particular issues explored include the role and structure of internal innovation groups, establishing culture and defining business models for innovation, and...

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Steve Ciesinski, Howie Rosen, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case describes the development of ALLVP, a Mexico-based venture capital firm, from founding to Fund III. It discusses how Federico Antoni and Fernando Lelo de Larrea, ALLVP’s founders, positioned the firm to address unmet...

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David Dodson, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to the founding story and growth of Whole Foods, a large grocery chain focused on healthy, organic, and whole foods retailing. The case describes some of the considerations Walter Robb (co-CEO...