I've taught MBA courses on networks, but unfortunately there aren't many on inter-organizational relations that I know of.  I'd love to find out about more myself.  Here are three that I've had good experience with though:
1. A good case for analyzing issues of status and conflict is the Leasco-Chemical Bank takeover battle from the late 1960s, which is recounted in Chapter 10 of John Brooks, The Go-Go Years.  (There is also a useful article about the issue by Davita Glasberg in the December 1981 issue of Social Problems, though the Brooks chapter is more usable as a teaching case).  The only problem with this case is that it's getting old.
2. Mark Twain Bancshares (available from Harvard Business School case services) is a fabulous case for illustrating network-based competitive advantage.  It focuses primarily on MTB's unique way of building networks into local communities via boards of directors.  Brian Uzzi's article on embeddedness in middle-market banking (ASR 1999) is very useful for this case.
3. The other case that I've had good experience with is written by me and Margot Sutherland on industry peer networks in the construction industry (part of a larger research project with Stoyan Sgourev of Stanford).  The case illustrates how these networks may enhance learning and motivation in ways that is hard to obtain via the market. The case is called Business Networks and is available both from Stanford ( and from Harvard Business School case services.
Ezra W. Zuckerman
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Subject: case method in teaching networks

Dear colleagues,
has anybody of you experience with using the case method in teaching inter-organisational relations and networks?
I would appreciate very much to share experiences on this.
Best wishes,
Prof. Dr. Patrick Kenis
Tilburg University
Department of Policy and
Organization Studies
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