Stanford Business School Publishes “NetApp and the Challenge of Global Leadership” Case Study
Sunnyvale, Calif. - December 3,
2008 - NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that the
Stanford Graduate School of Business has added a NetApp case study,
"NetApp and the Challenge of Global Leadership" to its MBA
curriculum. On December 2, 2008, the case study was discussed in
six classes of 60 students, including participation by senior-level
Professor William Barnett and his colleagues
designed a new course on the global context of management, which
they are teaching to all 360 first-year Stanford MBA students this
term. The course develops a systematic approach for understanding
the cultural, market, technological, and institutional
(government/legal) challenges faced by companies doing business
worldwide, and the leadership issues that arise in this regard.
Near the end of the term, the professors present a few examples of
world-class organizations that have done an outstanding job of
dealing with the challenges of globalization. NetApp is one of
those example companies.
"I selected NetApp for a case study because
it is one of the best-managed companies I've ever known," said
William Barnett, Thomas M. Siebel Professor of Business Leadership,
Strategy, and Organizations and director of the Center for Global
Business and the Economy, Graduate School of Business, Stanford
University. "Our students can learn a lot from studying NetApp's
business practices and innovations that have enabled the company to
expand its operations globally."
"It is a great honor for NetApp to be
selected by the prestigious Stanford Business School for a case
study on globalization," said Tom Mendoza, vice chairman at NetApp.
"I truly enjoyed participating in the classroom discussions of the
NetApp case study and hearing the perspectives of some of the top
MBAs in the world."
The "NetApp and the Challenge of Global
Leadership" case study reviews NetApp's evolution beyond the U.S.;
the strategic, organizational, and leadership challenges that came
up along the way; and the challenges and opportunities that are now
on the horizon. By its nature, this case is "live action," offering
some lessons from the past but also challenging the students to
think about how they would deal with the issues that NetApp is
dealing with today worldwide.
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