Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2000 (Revised October 2000)

Staples: A Year in the Life of a Start-Up

by Myra M. Hart


The case provides information on the development of the office superstore concept, building partnerships, creating the business plan, and recruiting a management team. Focuses on the detailed level of decision making required to transform an idea into a viable business. Heavy emphasis is placed on operating plans and integration. A rewritten version of earlier cases.

Keywords: Business Startups; Partners and Partnerships; Business Strategy; Recruitment; Management Teams; Integration; Information Technology; Entrepreneurship; Business Plan; Decision Making;


Hart, Myra M. "Staples: A Year in the Life of a Start-Up." Harvard Business School Case 800-241, January 2000. (Revised October 2000.)