General Motors Bailout Problem: A Teaching Case Using the Planners Lab™ Software

  • Jim CourtneyEmail author
  • Kristen Brewer
  • Randy Kuhn
  • Gerald R. Wagner
Part of the Annals of Information Systems book series (AOIS, volume 14)


A case study analyzing the “bailout” loan agreement between the US government and General Motors is presented. The loan terms required that GM produce a restructuring plan that showed it could repay the loans and become financially viable by having a positive net present value given “reasonable” assumptions over an unspecified period of time. The case illustrates use of the Planners Lab software as a modeling tool for analyzing GM’s situation. The intention is to illustrate the functionality and effectiveness of the Planners Lab software with regard to modeling and analyzing financial problems. A student assignment using this model to study GM’s situation is provided. The software and documentation are available free to academics at


Cash Flow Inflation Rate General Motor Executive Compensation Interest Expense 
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© Springer New York 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Courtney
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristen Brewer
    • 1
  • Randy Kuhn
    • 2
  • Gerald R. Wagner
    • 3
  1. 1.Louisiana Tech UniversityRustonUSA
  2. 2.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  3. 3.Bellevue UniversityBellevueUSA

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