Harvard Business School short courses

Harvard Business School and a short history of the Case Study Method

Harvard AMP BooksHarvard claims that 80% of the courses sold through out the world are written by Harvard faculty though contrary to popular belief Harvard Business School did not invent the case study method. In fact, it was borrowed from Harvard Law School that had been using the method for some time. In was in the 1920s that the business school’s second Dean, Wallace B. Donham realised how popular these could be and encouraged the production and the use of these for the students.Harvard Business School and the Case Study Method This was one of the major factors that contributed to the popularity of HBS whose enrolment numbers quickly expanded to some 500 per year (from the original 57 in 1908.)

Dean Donham and the creation of the Case Method at Harvard Business School

Under Dean Donham leadership, 18 900 cases were written between 1920 and 1947. That’s a staggering 700 per year or 58 per month (assuming no time for vacation)! His idea behind the creation of case studies was to produce a database in HBS’s Baker Library where companies could come and consult previous cases to find solutions to their business problems.Harvard Business School, Dashman Case Even if it didn’t quite work out like that the idea was becoming hugely popular and was rapidly adopted by other business schools. Today, Harvard faculty still produce over 350 cases per year and it is clear that a major part of the school’s activity. Given that the average case costs about $5-6, Harvard Publishing would have a revenue of close to million dollars just for the sale of its cases (some schools negotiate discount purchases).Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program The vast majority of business schools across the world would be happy with such revenue for their entire business activity.

The Case Study Method

Most business students will be familiar with how it works. A situation in a company is described, students usually read alone and try to analyse the problem, then work in groups and then take to case to class for a general discussion. The professor will usually cold call someone from the class to describe the situation. The problems and the potential solution will then be discussed. The mistake often made by undergraduates is that they wish to have ‘one right answer.’ Business people with a little more experience understand that life is rarely that simple. In fact, everyone agrees that it is not really the answer as such that is important. Rather it is the methodology of confronting different ideas with a diverse group of people.

Harvard University Press The Great Jackass Fallacy (Harvard Business School Publications)
Book (Harvard University Press)

$170,000 for starting MBAs? NO WAY!

by CrashandBurn

How can Bloomberg news and MBA schools LIE THROUGH THEIR TEETH? The economy is definitely weak, rates are going up, energy prices are high, and we are definitely heading towards a RECESSION! This article is such a load of crap. Real estate is going down!!
Harvard MBAs' Salaries Rise as Goldman Boosts Hiring (Update1)
2005-11-07 13:27 (New York)
By Patrick Cole and Brian K. Sullivan
Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The compensation of recent business
school graduates from Harvard, Dartmouth and Stanford rose at
least 9.5 percent from a year earlier, fueled by increased hiring
at investment banks and consulting firms

Regarding investing in apartment complexes

by thedingoatemybaby

There's a good series of b-school case studies about real estate investing that were published as Harvard Business School cases, and which you can purchase online (from memory the website address is something like hbsonline.com though don't hold me to that) for nominal one-time usage fees. (The last time I did this was a few years back and at the time, again from memory, the fees were in the range of $12 - 18 or so per case).
If you go through the case studies they will give you a format to use in evaluating the investment viability of a specific real estate investment project. You can set the proposed investment up on Excel and go through the modeling and get a pretty good idea as to what might work and what would not

Where did O get the money part 2

by Dirty_Old_Bastard

After Columbia, he went to Chicago to work
as a
Community Organizer for $12,000. a year. Why Chicago? Why not New York?
He was
already living in New York.
By 'chance' he met Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, born in Aleppo Syria, and a real
estate developer in Chicago. Rezko has been convicted of fraud and bribery
year. Rezko, was named 'Entrepreneur of the Decade' by the Arab-American
Business and Professional Association'. About two years later, Obama
Harvard Law School

To answer your question . . .

by thedingoatemybaby

I'm only a semi-regular here myself, and don't really have the time to pay much by way of attention to the reputational issues of who posts here regularly and who doesn't.
If I remember correctly, this particular case struck me as being especially useful among the half dozen or so I downloaded from the Harvard Business School case studies website.
If you just go to the site address and type in search terms like "real estate" you'll see all the case studies they have available for sale.
You can then further modify the search terms if you wish to be more constrained, like "real estate investment" or "real estate finance" and so on.

You might also like
48 Hour Real Estate School Dallas Texas
48 Hour Real Estate School Dallas Texas

7 reasons cash is still king  — Yahoo Finance
Stephan Meier, a professor of behavioral economics at Columbia University's School of Business, calls it the “pain of paying.” “There is a huge psychological difference in how you perceive the cost of paying with a credit or debit card vs. cash,” Meier ..

Shambhala The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind (Harvard Health Publications)
Book (Shambhala)
Harvard University Press Directors: Myth and Reality (Harvard Business School Publications)
Book (Harvard University Press)
Harvard University Press Financial Performance of Conglomerates (Harvard Business School Publications)
Book (Harvard University Press)
Related Posts