Communications of the Association for Information Systems


The use of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in the workplace continues to increase. However, these devices’ capabilities make them a prime target for espionage activities. Thus, employees need to understand mobile espionage and how to protect against it. In this paper, we present a teaching case based on two fictitious self-driving car competitors that educators across the world can use in information systems or business courses at the undergraduate or graduate levels. The case introduces students to FastTransportation Company (“FastTrans”), a fictitious American multinational car manufacturing company, who suspects its rival, Wheelz Corporation, a leading ride-hailing company, of engaging in corporate mobile espionage to steal and use trade secrets from its self-driving car division.