This case, "Share-Inn Economy (A)" is the first in a three part series. A Teaching Note and Student Instructions are also available for educators.
Overall Simulation Synopsis
The Share-Inn Economy simulation positions students in the role of the General Counsel (GC) to a start-up tech company as they grapple with explaining the current legal landscape and options to advocate for policy change to allow the company to expand into the food service industry. Students learn about the advising, business strategy and policy skills of the legal profession. Over the course of multiple sessions students read three prompts and relevant background information that presents the progression of turning an idea into actual legislation by participating in writing a strategy memo as to company opportunities within the current law, drafting legislation, and presenting legislative testimony. Throughout the simulation students work together in groups.
Share-Inn Economy (A)
In Share-Inn Economy (A) students take on the role of Share-Inn’s General Counsel. The CEO has a vision of expanding Share-Inn’s current business model of providing local accommodations to guests to one that includes having the hosts serve food to guests. However, this business model would generally not be allowed under current Ames state law. The CEO asks the GC to “come up with the best legal and business strategy to mitigate legal risks as we expand our platform into food businesses.” She asks her GC to investigate four different business models and provide recommendations. The case provides students with specific materials to review and use to develop a memo with recommendations to the CEO.
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