Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2007

Posted: 19 Mar 2012

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Jan W. Rivkin

Harvard Business School, Strategy Unit

Michael Roberto

Bryant University - Department of Management

Ranjay Gulati

Harvard Business School - Organizational Behavior

Date Written: March 9, 2010

Abstract

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Robert Mueller, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), sought to transform the storied Bureau. The FBI had long served as both the chief law enforcement agency and the main domestic intelligence wing of the U.S. government. In practice, though, law enforcement had overshadowed intelligence at the FBI. The terrorist attacks made it tragically clear that the United States required a much stronger domestic intelligence service, and Mueller believed that that service should reside within the FBI. Critics, however, called for the Bureau to narrow its scope, focus on law enforcement, and cede domestic intelligence to a new, specialized agency. Should the FBI retain both the law enforcement mission and the domestic intelligence mission? If so, how should it change itself to succeed in both missions? This case, a supplement to the "Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2001 (Abridged)" case (710-450), reviews the FBI's progress from 2001 to 2007.

Suggested Citation

Rivkin, Jan and Roberto, Michael and Gulati, Ranjay, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2007 (March 9, 2010). Harvard Business School Strategy Unit case no. 710-451. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2022403

Jan Rivkin (Contact Author)

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Michael Roberto

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Ranjay Gulati

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