Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2011

Strategy and Governance at Yahoo! Inc.

by Krishna G. Palepu, Suraj Srinivasan, David Lane and Ian McKown Cornell


Yahoo! faces a number of governance and strategic challenges in late 2011 as it tries to compete with rivals such as Google and find ways to monetize its shareholding and business links with Alibaba Group in China and Yahoo! Japan. The company is now valued at almost half the offer that Microsoft had made in its acquisition offer in 2008. The depth of the challenge is underscored by the frequent CEO changes the company has had, culminating in the recent firing of the latest CEO, Carol Bartz. The case examines the successes and failures at Yahoo! and the decisions now facing its board as it encounters investor pressure to improve performance.

Keywords: Competitive Strategy; Corporate Governance; Web Services Industry;


Palepu, Krishna G., Suraj Srinivasan, David Lane, and Ian McKown Cornell. "Strategy and Governance at Yahoo! Inc." Harvard Business School Case 112-040, October 2011.