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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Katherine Casey, Kenneth Shotts, Christy Johnson

This case reviews the path to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and the subsequent efforts that have been undertaken to repeal it. It focuses on the role of the government and interest groups...

Pathipati, Akhilesh S, Bundorf, Mary K

This case follows John Fernandez, CEO of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, as he evaluates whether or not his organization should join Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest healthcare provider. Starting in the mid-2000s, there was a...

Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin

The B case begins with the consultants’ proposal to Kim Markey, executive director of revenue cycle at Huntington Hospital (HH).   The proposal is untraditional in that it is focused on more than revenue enhancement—it includes...

Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin

Kim Markey began as executive director of revenue cycle at Huntington Hospital (HH) in November 2012.  Located in Pasadena, California, HH was a 625-bed non-profit regional medical center that was named among the top-performing hospitals...

Robert Burgelman, Robert Siegel, Rosy Lee

This short case discusses the process of Life Technologies’ acquisition by Thermo Fisher in 2013 and 2014. The case is a complement to SM-209A and SM-209B, which highlight the various growth and acquisition strategies the...

Robert Chess, Jason Luther

International healthcare and reimbursement systems underwent a radical transformation in the 2000s, resulting from growing financial pressures incited by economic depression and a steady rise in healthcare spending. This phenomenon was most pronounced in the...

Jesper Sorensen, Debra Schifrin, Kevin Hettrich

The (A) case presents a 2009 critical expansion decision for health care nonprofit Health Leads: whether to expand rapidly while it had momentum, strong advocates, very high demand for its services, and funder support for...

Jeffrey Chambers, Michael Child, Arar Han

TwinMed was a nursing home supply business located in Los Angeles. This case details its humble origins and its development, and raises several strategic issues prevalent in Medicare-reimbursed businesses, business-to-business selling, and what to do...

Robert Chess, Sara Leslie

Gilead Sciences launched Truvada, a combination pill incorporating Gilead’s individual antiviral drugs, Viread and Emtriva, in the U.S. in 2004. This involved gaining FDA approval, setting a national price, and negotiating reimbursement levels with private...

Daniel Kessler, Sara Leslie

In 2002, the Bush Administration launched the Hospital Quality Initiative, which was intended to improve quality through accountability and public disclosure and to “empower consumers with quality of care information to make more informed decisions...

Hau Lee, Brian Tayan

In 1996, Andrea and Barry Coleman launched Riders for Health, a United Kingdom-based nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of transportation systems for health workers in Africa. The nonprofit’s main program, Transportation Resource Management, involved a...

Chip Heath, James Phills

Established in the late 1960s, Interplast was the first international humanitarian organization to send American medical professionals overseas to provide free reconstructive surgery to children and adults in developing countries. Over the next 30 years,...

Lyn Denend, Stefanos Zenios

By the mid-1980s, it was clear that not all transplant centers in the growing organ transplantation market were able to achieve and sustain the same levels of quality and high rates of transplant procedure success....

Margaret Eaton, Betty Pang, Jennifer Wilds

The VaxGen, Inc. case details the efforts of VaxGen and its president, Don Francis, to obtain approval to conduct phase III clinical trials in Thailand for AIDSVAX, an experimental vaccine designed to protect against human...

Kanika Bahl, John Newsome, Joel Podolny

The ballooning HIV/AIDS rate in South Africa is exacting an increasing toll on the profitability of South African businesses. This note takes a look at the impact of the epidemic at the macroeconomic and business...

Ade Dosunmu, John McMillan

Phyto-Riker, a U.S. investor-led start-up pharmaceutical company in Ghana, contemplates the effects of needs generated by the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa on its future business plans. In April 2001, it appeared as if political...

David Baron

In an unprecedented move in mid-1998, Blue Cross of California, a unit of WeilPoint Health Networks, Inc., filed a Citizen Petition with the FDA to switch Claritin, manufactured by Schering Plough, and two other secondgeneration...

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