The Story of K2 and the Brotherhood of the Rope

Darden Business Publishing Cases

ISSN: 2474-7890

Publication date: 20 January 2017


Suitable for undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs, this version of the K2 story provides the full version of the story based on sequential dates. Written as a replacement for the much-used Greenland Case (UVA-OB-0581) this undisguised case can be taught in a similar manner. Chris Warner led a team of experienced mountain climbers on an expedition to reach the summit of K2—the second highest in the world. After failing to succeed on their first two attempts, Warner and his team brought together other teams representing eight different countries hoping to work together for success. Their story is an account full of examples where a leadership point of view was taken or not taken. The successes and failures of the expedition's approach is bursting with real world examples and offers an exciting framework to house theoretical concepts about team building and leadership. A video supplement is available to enhance student learning.



Clawson, J. and Yemen, G. (2017), "The Story of K2 and the Brotherhood of the Rope", Darden Business Publishing Cases.

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