Case Studies Compendium

The objective of the compendium is to aid professors at Haas and business schools worldwide in discovering cases suitable for their classrooms, thereby promoting the advancement of DEI in education and business.

Open Compendium

About

This case compendium developed by EGAL includes:

(a) case studies with diverse protagonists, and
(b) case studies that build “equity fluency” by focusing on DEI-related issues and opportunities.

The goal of the compendium is to support professors at Haas, and business schools globally, to identify cases they can use in their classrooms and contribute to advancing DEI in education and business.

See here for more about the case compendium.

Why this is important

Published case studies used in business schools primarily showcase white, male protagonists, and often do not incorporate topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that are critical for businesses leaders to navigate. There is significant educational value for students exposed to cases with diverse protagonists and/or on DEI topics. Recognizing this gap, we created this Case Compendium, highlighting case studies that have diverse protagonists and/or focus on DEI topics. In our Compendium:

83%

of the cases in this compendium portray a protagonist representing gender diversity

29%

of the cases in this compendium highlight a protagonist representing race / ethnic diversity

6%

focus on DEI-related issues and opportunities for both race and gender

"Throughout my MBA, I have read over 500 cases about the business dilemmas of straight white men… How am I supposed to imagine the world as it could be if I am only allowed to learn from what the world has always been? Reading a case about a leader who I identified with, would give me confidence and validation - even though I am not named John, I have a lived experience worth sharing and a leadership style that can add value to my organization."

Francesca LeBaron

Haas MBA, Class of 2019

"Before business school, as part of Management Leadership for Tomorrow and the Consortium for GraduateStudy in Management, I remember how inspired I was bythe few business leaders that shared their success stories that I could identify with. It was powerful to hear aplaybook from someone with a similar lived experience.During business school, as a student, that was non-existent in the classroom. From case studies to guest speakers, not one example that I was able to relate to."

Rafael Sanchez

Haas MBA, Class of 2019

"Growing up as a gay, Chinese, immigrant kid in a predominantly white community, I have gotten used to feeling different than those around me. This difference hasbeen reinforced over time and has affected my ‘sense ofself’. In my first job, I remember looking at all the seniorleaders and realizing that they did not represent the diversity in me. I realized the same thing was happening inbusiness school, where examples of success (for example, the people featured in case studies) were nothinglike me. If we could all look at how we are portrayingsuccessful leaders and feature more diverse examples(which we know are out there), then the next generationof kids who feel different may have one more reason tofeel like they fit in and can be successful."

Alan Man

Haas MBA, Class of 2020