Now in its sixth year, the Berkeley Haas Best Case Award recognizes the
case study published during the preceding year (2017) that has
made the most important contribution to management education. The case was selected as a finalist based on its performance, and the final selection was made by the faculty and students of the Haas School of Business in April 2018. The winners will receive a cash prize of $2500.
describes the strides that clothing retailer Gap Inc. has made in addressing the wage gap between men and women within the organization. In 2014, Gap made history by by becoming the first Fortune 500 company to announce that it pays female and male employees equally for equal work. Since then, attention toward the gender pay gap has only continued to grow.
The Gap Inc. case provides a historic perspective of pay in the U.S., defines methods for accurately measuring it, identifies the barriers to equal pay, and describes practices and policies companies can implement to achieve equal pay and attain higher representation of female leadership. This case highlights how Gap has achieved equal pay and continues to ensure it, including through annual pay analysis, the prevalence of sponsorship, family-friendly policies and more.
Back to the Roots Ventures (2016) This case study follows the entrepreneurial journey of two Berkeley-Haas alumni, Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez, who founded a startup that allows customers to purchase kits and sustainably grow their own produce at home. (more)
People Operations at Mozilla
Corporation (2014) This case describes Mozilla
Corporation's human resource initiatives. VP Debbie Cohen
created a system of distributed decision-making and
delegated leadership to manage the company's diverse
community of contributors. (more)
Alphabet Energy (2013) This case
examines one company's development of a novel
thermoelectric technology and its subsequent selection of
a relevant target market. (more)