Bob Beall at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Posted: 16 May 2010

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Robert S. Kaplan

Harvard Business School

Sophie Hood

New York University (NYU)

Date Written: April 15, 2010


Bob Beall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ("CFF"). CFF is an extremely successful organization, but Beall has to determine how to manage the organization through the financial crisis of 2008/2009. In this situation, donations are likely to decline, investment surplus has declined and biotech partners are challenged to finance joint projects as well as their own operations. Beall is striving to find a cure for cystic fibrosis while also determining what priorities he must emphasize and what trade-off decisions he must make in managing through the current period. He is preparing for a meeting with his board of trustees where he plans to discuss the current situation and the key decisions the organization needs to make.

Suggested Citation

Kaplan, Robert S. and Hood, Sophie, Bob Beall at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (April 15, 2010). HBS Case No. 409-107; Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Unit. Available at SSRN:

Robert S. Kaplan (Contact Author)

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Sophie Hood

New York University (NYU) ( email )

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