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H. Irving Grousbeck

H. Irving Grousbeck
Consulting Professor, Organizational Behavior
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MBA Class of 1980 Consulting Professor of Management
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Teaching Statement

Irv Grousbeck was cofounder and codirector of the Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and coauthor of the textbook "New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur." His teaching centers on an objective means to develop a greater understanding of the issues faced by entrepreneurial companies and individuals. His course, Conversations in Management, places students in the role of CEO and challenges them to deal with difficult managerial issues by assessment, prescription, and execution, including frequent role-plays. Mr. Grousbeck also teaches a course at the Stanford Medical School, Managing Difficult Conversations, for GSB and medical students who aspire to improve their ability to deal effectively with difficult interpersonal situations.


With a partner, Grousbeck founded Continental Cablevision (later Media One) in 1964. He was President of that company through 1980, and Chairman through 1985. He was a Visiting Lecturer and then Lecturer at Harvard Business School from 1981-85. He became a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford in 1985, a Lecturer in 1986, and a Consulting Professor in 1996.

Grousbeck has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit Boards over the past 37 years, including (currently) Asurion Corp., ResponseLink, and the Boston Celtics. He was a Trustee of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Chairman and President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Sponsors of New England Eye Bank, Overseer of Children’s Hospital (Boston), and Chairman of Menlo School and College. He is the principal owner of the Boston Celtics.

He holds an MBA from Harvard University, and Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Humane Letters (Hon.) degrees from Amherst College.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Harvard University, 1960
  • BA, Amherst College, 1956

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1985
  • Codirector, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford Business School, 1996-2013
  • Lecturer, Harvard Business School, 1981-1985
  • Instructor, Harvard Business School, 1962-1964

Professional Experience

  • Chairman, Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1980-1985
  • President, Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1964-1980
  • Cofounder, Continental Cablevision, Inc., 1964

Awards and Honors

  • Doctor of Humane Letters (Hon.), Amherst College, 2000
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1987



Howard H. Stevenson, Michael Roberts, H. Irving Grousbeck Homewood: Irwin, 1999.

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


This elective 2-credit course is offered to 2nd-year, 3rd-year, and 4th-year Medical students, Residents, and Fellows, and to 2nd-year MBA students who aspire to improve their ability to deal effectively with difficult interpersonal situations....

This case-based course is offered for students who want to refine their ability to manage challenging professional conversations. The class, which is limited to 32 students, will focus on the preparation for and execution of role-played dialogue...


This elective 2-credit course is offered to 2nd-year, 3rd-year, and 4th-year Medical students, Residents, and Fellows, and to 2nd-year MBA students who aspire to improve their ability to deal effectively with difficult interpersonal situations....

This course is offered for students who, in the near term, aspire to the management and full or partial ownership of a new or newly-acquired business. The seminar, which is limited to 40 students, has a strong implementation focus, and deals in...

Stanford Case Studies

Aegis Systems Corp. | E511
H. Irving Grousbeck, Jason Luther2014
Bonobos, Inc. Building A Technical Team | E514
H. Irving Grousbeck, Yin Li2014
Wind River Environmental | e231
H. Irving Grousbeck, Mike Harkey2014
MobiChair | E491
H. Irving Grousbeck, Sara Rosenthal2013
Motivating Others - Selected Vignettes | E469
H. Irving Grousbeck, Justin Randolph2013
Beautycounter | E456
H. Grousbeck, Sara Rosenthal2012
Huntington University | E439
H. Grousbeck, Arar Han2012
Serena and Lily | E438
H. Grousbeck, Sara Rosenthal2012
Trunk Club | E458
H. Grousbeck, Austin Kiessig2012
John Stanton: Managing Successful Partnerships | E429
H. Grousbeck, Arar Han2011
Nuru International | E417
H. Grousbeck2011
Starling Systems | E425
H. Grousbeck2011
Compass Ventures | E378
H., Grousbeck, Claire Magat2010
Franklin Warranty | E390
H. Grousbeck, Arar Han2010
Search Funds - 2009: Selected Observations | E386
H. Grousbeck, Aimee LaFont Leifer, Tjarko Leifer, Lisa Sweeney2010
Nixon, Inc. | E333
H. Grousbeck, Jocelyn Hornblower2009
Vector Healthcare | E346
H. Grousbeck, Claire Magat2009
Revolution Foods | E322
Bethany Coates, H. Grousbeck2008
Satura Cakes | E281
Katherine Bose, H. Grousbeck2008
Search Funds 2007 Selected Observations | E282
H. Grousbeck, Sean Harrington2008
ESPA Extended Service Plans of America | E242
Patrick Arippol, H. Grousbeck2007
John Stanton: Managing Through Adversity | E275
Bethany Coates, H. Grousbeck2007
The Private Bank | E253
Katherine Bose, H. Grousbeck2007
Carteleras de Puerto Rico | E235
H. Grousbeck, Alex Tauber2006
Green River Environmental | E231
H. Grousbeck, Mike Harkey2006
Rick Corcoran | E233
H. Grousbeck, Mike Harkey2006
Tea Collection | E227
H. Grousbeck, Joshua Spitzer2006
Three Common CEO Missteps (A Perspective From The Boardroom) | E201
Harold Grousbeck, Joel Peterson, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Alex Tauber2006
Coinstar | E180
H. Grousbeck, Timothy Groseclose, Alicia Seiger2005
JetBlue Executing the Plan (A) | E182A
H. Grousbeck, Joel Peterson, Alex Tauber2005
JetBlue Executing the Plan (B) | E182B
H. Grousbeck, Joel Peterson, Alex Tauber2005
McQueeney's Publishing | E191
H. Grousbeck, Mike Harkey2005
Search Funds - 2005: Selected Observations | E215
H. Grousbeck, Mike Harkey2005
Wild Planet | E193
H. Grousbeck, Joshua Spitzer2005
A Note On Boards of Directors | E175
H. Grousbeck, Alex Tauber2004
Graham Weaver | E110
Janet Feldstein, H. Grousbeck2004
Insight Data Systems | E170
H. Grousbeck, Alex Tauber2004
Prospect Colleges | E179
H. Grousbeck, Alicia Seiger2004
JetBlue | E150
Harold Grousbeck, Joel Peterson, Alicia Seiger2003
PDQ Personnel Services | E158
Jamie Earle, H. Grousbeck2003
Peter Kelly and Med-Mart | E124
Janet Feldstein, H. Grousbeck2003
Search Funds 2003 What Has Changed Since 2001? | E162
H. Grousbeck, Mu Li2003
Silicon Valley Bank and Bladerunner Technologies | E159
Jamie Earle, H. Grousbeck2003
Valley Fire Protection | E137
H. Grousbeck, Alicia Seiger2003
Amy Baker and Nature's Cure | E105
H. Grousbeck, J. Feldstein2002
eBay | E74
H. Grousbeck2002
Gordon Biersch Vignettes | E121
H. Grousbeck, Andrea Higuera2002
New England Monthly | E4
Harold Grousbeck, Kevin Taweel2002
SpaWest, Inc. | E132
H. Grousbeck, Andrea Higuera2002
Susan Nimoy and Mark Borden | E113
Janet Feldstein, H. Grousbeck2002
H. Irving Grousbeck2002
Arrival Communications | E101
Christopher Flanagan, H. Grousbeck2001
John Stanton (B) | E20B
Christopher Flanagan, H. Grousbeck, Nick Mansour, Joseph Welsh2001
Northwest Security Services | E103
Christopher Flanagan, H. Grousbeck2001
The Dolores Project | E104
Janet Feldstein, H. Grousbeck2001
Carillon Assisted Living | E75
H. Grousbeck, Keith Sigg2000
Discovery Zone | E63
Harold Grousbeck, Pratap Mukherjee2000
Jetsort | E58
Nathaniel Durant, Harold Grousbeck2000
Phoenix Industries | E26
H. Grousbeck, Brian Keare2000
RentWise | E81
Harold Grousbeck, Brian Trelstad2000
Vicinity Corporation | E71
Nathaniel Durant, H. Grousbeck2000 | E78
H. I. Grousbeck, Keith Sigg1999
Trellis | E67
Harold Grousbeck, Pratap Mukherjee1999
Dan Moss | E59
Harold Grousbeck, Alex Tauber1998
David Dodson II | E51
Harold Grousbeck, Alex Tauber1998
InterMarket | E52
Harold Grousbeck, Alex Tauber1998
Note on Angel Financing | E50
Harold Grousbeck, A Tauber1998
Valuation Techniques | E53
Charles A. Holloway, H. Irving Grousbeck, Alex Tauber1998
Eller Media | E40
Harold Grousbeck, N Mansour1997
Gordon Biersch | E2
H. Grousbeck, Nick Mansour, L. Snedeker1997
MSA Industries | E36
Harold Grousbeck, N Mansour1997
Ariel Capital Management | E28
H. Grousbeck, B. Keare1996
Sierra Expressway | E31
H. Grousbeck, Brian Keare1996
StorMedia , Inc. (A) | E30A
H. Grousbeck, Brian Keare1996
StorMedia, Inc. (B) | E30B
H. Grousbeck, Brian Keare1996
Downtown Daycare | E25
H. Grousbeck, Joseph Welsh1995
Elmer Stephens | E18
H. Grousbeck, Joseph Welsh1995
Emergency Roadside Assistance | E21
Lauren Dutton, Jim Ellis, H. Grousbeck, Kevin Taweel1995
Shelter Bay Bank Card | E19
H. Grousbeck, J.M. Welsh1995
Discounter's Supply, Inc. | E14
H. Grousebeck1994
Donna Bookout-Coe | E15
Jim Ellis, H. Grousbeck1994
Florida Air, Inc. | E13
H. Grousebeck1994
Spanos & Yecies | E11
H. Grousbeck, J. Ellis1994
Supercuts ® | E12
H. Grousbeck, J. Ellis1994
ColeTek, Inc. | E10
H. Grousbeck, J. Ellis1993
Fresh Choice | E8
Harold Grousbeck, Kevin Taweel1993
Precision Printing | E5
Harold Grousbeck, Kevin Taweel1993
Kirk Riedinger and Jamie Turner | SB102
Harold Grousbeck, David Dodson1987

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Service to the Profession

  • Former Vice Chairman: Massachusetts Board of Higher Education


  • Alta Colleges
  • Asurion, Inc.
  • Boston Celtics
  • ResponseLink

In the Media

Fortune, December 1, 2000
New York Times, November 6, 1999
The Christian Science Monitor, October 10, 1997

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