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The first case

What is the first HBS case?


The first HBS case, the single-paged “The General Shoe Company,” by Professor Clinton P. Biddle, was published in in 1921. Learn more about this case in the video Celebrating General Shoe Company, the Inaugural HBS Case.

For more information on the development of the case method, see the exhibition From Inquiry to Action: Harvard Business School & the Case Method  and History of the HBS case method. See HBS Case Method and Resources for more on teaching and learning by the case method.

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