The Tham Luang Cave Rescue: Decision-making with High Stakes

This webinar by Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne from University of Virginia Darden School of Business will present the story of the rescue of the soccer team of twelve boys and their coach from the Tham Luang Caves in Thailand in July 2018. The A case focuses on the first 9 days of the search, from when the boys went missing to when they were found. The B case focuses on the planning and execution of the rescue mission. Through our discussion of the cases, we will debate the role of leadership and communications, decision making in moments of crisis, the efficiency of ad hoc teams, the project planning and execution strategies in high-risk situations with low chances of success. This unbelievable rescue story will showcase some key decision making tendencies and strategies, and demonstrate how cultural, experience, and language differences can be bridged when working to accomplish a mutual goal.