Case | HBS Case Collection | March 1983 (Revised March 2008)

Benjamin Franklin and the Definition of American Values

by Richard S. Tedlow

Abstract

Discusses the value systems and their relationship to the conduct of business in 18th Century America. Also focuses on Benjamin Franklin, the preeminent colonial American, to examine how business was conducted in his era. Based on an earlier case by B.E. Supple.

Keywords: Business Ventures; Values and Beliefs; Business History; Business and Government Relations; United States;

Citation:

Tedlow, Richard S. "Benjamin Franklin and the Definition of American Values." Harvard Business School Case 383-160, March 1983. (Revised March 2008.)