The classroom experience at HBS is different from what many students are accustomed to. All HBS courses primarily use the case method of instruction. The cases describe actual management situations in a variety of companies and organizations. You must analyze the situation and be prepared to recommend a course of action and defend it in class discussion. In contrast to lecture courses, you cannot benefit from attending the class without having prepared the assignment. You cannot read the case, skip the class, and expect to learn. Class participation is an important factor in your grade. Thorough daily preparation, regular attendance, and class participation are all essential for taking a course at HBS.
If you are unfamiliar with the case method, please take some time to watch Inside the HBS Case Method.
Inside the HBS Case Method