Current SOM & Affiliated
Case writing efforts are centrally managed by the Case Study Research and Development Team (CRDT).
Jaan Elias, Director of Case Research and Development
For over 15 years, Jaan Elias has served as Yale School of Management’s Director of Case Study Research. In his time at the Yale School of Management, Elias established the case writing function and has overseen the development of over 250 cases for the Yale curriculum. The Yale case team, under his direction, has become known for its innovative use of multimedia and extensive range of topic matter. Elias also serves as faculty advisor to the Center for Business and Environment at Yale (CBEY) and as an instructor at the Geffen School of Drama at Yale. Prior to joining the staff of the School of Management, Elias was an independent consultant providing reports, case studies, and written analysis for large national foundations, professional associations, and corporations. He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from a joint program between the Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Department of Sociology and a BA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.
Jean Rosenthal, Project Editor
Jean Rosenthal has been working with the Yale School of Management case writing group since its inception. She has authored more than 50 case studies on a range of topics. Before joining the group, she had been an SOM research fellow, a manager at PG&E, the California energy utility, and an editor of college textbooks. She co-authored the book, Corporate Profit and Nuclear Safety: Strategy at Northeast Utilities in the 1990s with Paul MacAvoy. She has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from California State University.
Greg MacDonald, Senior Associate Director for CRDT Media & Technology
Multimedia Producer Greg MacDonald brings more than 20 years of film and video production experience to the Case Study Research and Development Team, including broadcast and live TV production focusing on culture, the arts, music, education, and social issues. As a researcher and writer, Greg has more than 80 script credits for TV, video, multimedia and film, including programs, documentaries, music videos, interactive presentations, and feature films. Greg received his B.A. in Visual & Environmental Studies/Filmmaking from Harvard University.
Gwen Kinkead, Project Editor
Gwen Kinkead is a former contributor to The New Yorker and Fortune magazine editor and writer. She co-won a George Polk Award and twice was a National Magazine Award finalist for reporting in the Amazon and in Manhattan. Chinatown, A Portrait of A Closed Society, her first book, was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Kinkead also co-authored The New York Times bestseller, All the Money in the World, about 20th century American fortunes. She served on the board of the American Friends of Cambridge University and was Fortune’s European bureau chief. Kinkead has a B.A. from Harvard University and a M.A. from the University of Cambridge. She is currently working on several non-fiction books.
Jim has 15+ years of experience as a researcher, consultant, and case writer in the private and nonprofit sectors. With Harvard Business School, he co-authored 35 case studies on strategy, marketing, finance, operations, negotiation, general management, and social enterprise. Previously, Jim served as a senior analyst with higher education research and consulting firm, Eduventures. He is also the founder of CaseStudy Co., which provided case-based research and consulting services to leading organizations around the world, including EMC Corp., Bank of America, IBM, The Bridgespan Group, Hewlett Packard, Burberry, and many others. When not at Yale, Jim enjoys skiing, tennis, hockey, reading, hiking, and time with friends and family. He holds a BA and MA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Yale School of Management.