Case | HBS Case Collection | November 2012

Edison Schools, Inc.

by Thomas R. Eisenmann and Lauren Barley


Edison Schools, Inc., a pioneer in the for-profit management of public schools, demonstrates the challenges and opportunities related to private sector involvement in the delivery of a public good. Follows the organization from its start-up through its initial public offering and, eventually, through its decision to execute a management buy-out to exit the public market. Explores at the corporate level the tension between Edison's effort to generate profits while achieving excellent educational outcomes.

Keywords: charter schools; Conflict of Interests; Initial Public Offering; For-Profit Firms; Public Sector; Market Entry and Exit; Education; Business Startups; Education Industry;


Eisenmann, Thomas R., and Lauren Barley. "Edison Schools, Inc." Harvard Business School Case 813-113, November 2012.