Top 50 Bestselling Case Authors 2020/21: No. 34

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No. 34 - Michael J Schill

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Reference no. UVA-F-1774

This case examines the cost of capital estimation for the British postal service company, Royal Mail plc in 2015 - a time when company managers and government regulators were adjusting to private ownership after 500 years of government ownership. The case features a flawed cost of capital estimation analysis that includes common blunders. Students are invited to evaluate this analysis and provide their own alternative estimate for the cost of capital for Royal Mail.

Reference no. UVA-F-1553

This case examines the question of financial leverage at California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) in July 2007. With a highly profitable business and an aversion to debt, CPK management is considering a debt-financed stock buyback programme.

Reference no. UVA-F-1736

After a period of poor stock-market performance, conglomerate Chestnut Foods faces the acquisition of its stock by an activist investor. The new investor demands the sale of Chestnut's high-growth division, which contrasts with the CFO's turnaround plan to expand this same division. To disentangle the way forward for Chestnut, students are invited to grapple with the risk-adjusted performance of each division and the estimation of division-specific hurdle rates.

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“Many business school classroom experiences are oriented toward simply building student understanding of common theory and tools. But the best classroom experiences, I find, go beyond just building understanding and facilitate building student decision-making judgement with regard to the common theory and tools.

“Case-based teaching provides a powerful learning environment for building judgement as students are invited to make real-world decisions in challenging and ambiguous situations by exercising judgement in how to apply common theory and tools. This opportunity to practice exercising judgement makes case-based teaching not only a powerful way to train business leaders but an engaging way to really understand the common theory and tools.

“Powerful case material that builds student judgement is centred on decision-making tension, ample and appropriate opportunity for the application of theory and tools, and real-world ambiguity in the data required.”

~ Michael J Schill 

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