Case Studies

This listing contains abstracts and ordering information for case studies written and published by faculty at Stanford GSB.

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|CG18
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2010

In 2002, Baker Hughes was accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This case describes the actions taken by the company in response to those accusations. These include hiring a third-party law firm...

|CG19
David Larcker, Allan McCall, Brian Tayan
2010

Netflix was among a small group of Silicon Valley companies to emerge from the technology bubble of the late 1990s a clear winner in terms of growth, market share, and profitability. That Netflix was able...

|CG20A
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2010

In July 2006, Barracuda became the largest investor in Tarco International. In a meeting with management, Barracuda’s managing director advised that strong measures needed to be taken to improve operating performance. If management failed, Barracuda...

|CG20B
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2010

This case is a follow up to CG-20A, and explains the actions taken by Tarco in response to threat from activist investor Barracuda. The case explains how the company relied on an analysis of its...

|CG17A
David Larcker, Robert Lawson, Brian Tayan
2009

In January 2004, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies announced that it would reduce its estimate of proved oil reserves by nearly 4 billion barrels, or 20 percent. The announcement set off a series of...

|CG17B
David Larcker, Robert Lawson, Brian Tayan
2009

Following the revelation that the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies had overstated its proved oil reserves by over 4 billion barrels, company officials announced dramatic changes to the company’s organizational structure and governance system. These...

|CG15
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2009

In 2003, the board of directors of GDF decided to initiate a thorough search process to replace its existing CEO. GDF Corp was a leader in the telecommunications industry, offering network equipment and enterprise solutions...

|CG16
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2009

Berkshire Hathaway is known to many as the investment vehicle of Warren E. Buffett. To some extent, this reputation is well founded, given the investment success that the company has enjoyed under his leadership. Less...

|CG13
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2008

Retail grocery sales represent a significant portion of the U.S. economy. The industry was highly competitive, with companies operating on low gross and net margins. As a result, grocery stores were generally under significant pressure...

|CG14
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2008

In the late 1990s, UtiliCorp United, a utility that owned natural gas and power assets in the Midwest and internationally, moved aggressively into the business of wholesale energy trading. The move came after Congress passed...

|CG11
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2008

In 2007, corporate governance became a well-discussed topic in the business press. Newspapers produced detailed accounts of corporate fraud, accounting scandals, excessive compensation, and other perceived organizational failures—many of which culminated in lawsuits, resignations, and...

|CG12
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2008

By 2007, executive compensation at U.S. companies had become an extremely contentious topic. Reports in the press of multi-million dollar pay packages—in the form of stock option exercises, severance packages, and retirement payouts—led to an...

|CG10
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2007

In 2006, David Zucker, chief executive officer of Midway Games, came under fire for selling a significant amount of Midway stock just weeks before a precipitous decline in the company’s share price. One year later,...

|CG5
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2007

Eugene Isenberg, CEO of Nabors Industries, was listed in a 2006 Wall Street Journal article as one of the highest paid executives in the U.S. over the previous 14 years. He received this compensation as...

|CG09
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2007

By 2007, Gretchen Morgenson, assistant editor and columnist at The New York Times, had gained significant attention from business leaders, regulators, and academics for her coverage of a wide range of financial and governance issues....

|CG06
David Larcker, Brian Tayan
2007

In 2005, Relational Investors, a registered investment advisor, launched a proxy contest to gain two seats on the board of directors of Sovereign Bancorp. Relational accused Sovereign of operational mismanagement and poor corporate governance, representing...

|BP271A
Steven Brandt
2002

HBI is a company with lackluster performance and a variety of issues requiring management attention.

|BP271B
Steven Brandt
2002

HBI is a company with lackluster performance and a variety of issues requiring management attention.