Tag Archives: Case Method

Measuring the HBS academic experience: to case or not to case?

2012_12 - inside case methodI just started the final exams of my first semester here at HBS – a clear sign that the semester is reaching its end. Time to reflect on the HBS experience so far. It’s difficult to give an objective opinion on the HBS MBA program. One cannot measure the ‘future career prospects’ or the ‘dynamism of the student life’ and the networks that it forms. I did however find a way to quantify one of the HBS MBA promisses: the HBS academic experience.  Here’s how HBS describes it on their website: “Through case method courses, FIELD projects, multimedia simulations, and more, you’ll exercise the leadership skills you will practice in business and beyond.” So here’s how I tried to measure this by looking at my outlook calendar. Continue reading


The HBS Case Method – Effective learning or an effective marketing scheme?

The Harvard Business School (HBS) teaching approach is exclusively based on the case method (find out more on HBS website here or on youtube here). Before coming to HBS, I was a bit skeptical about it. How do you teach accounting using the case method? Turns out, it works. It’s even incredibly effective. And accounting has since become my favorite class. Here’s a detailed description of the process of a typical HBS case and class. Continue reading