Pioneered by HBS faculty and one of the highlights of the HBS experience, the case method is a profound educational innovation that presents the greatest challenges confronting leading companies, nonprofits, and government organizations—complete with the constraints and incomplete information found in real business issues—and places the student in the role of the decision maker. 

Facebook Live: Student and Faculty Panel on the Case Method

In this Facebook Live session, students shared their experiences in the classroom including their first cold call, how it differs from a lecture-style way of learning, and the real-world application. Professor Bob White leads the discussion and shares his perspective on how faculty approaches multiple cases a day. 

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Where it All Began

Putting yourself in the shoes of the case protagonist and working to determine what should be done is like a good detective story. Professor Jan Rivkin explores General Shoe Company, the first Harvard Business School case study, how the case method came to be at the School, and why it’s still relevant nearly a century later.

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