The Case Study Handbook: How to Read, Discuss, and Write Persuasively About Cases

If you’re enrolled in an executive education or MBA program, you’ve probably encountered a powerful learning tool: the business case. But if you’re like many people, you may find interpreting and writing about cases mystifying, challenging, or downright frustrating. In “The Case Study Handbook”, William Ellet presents a potent new approach for analyzing, discussing, and writing about cases. Early chapters show how to classify cases according to the analytical task they require (solving a problem, making a decision, or forming an evaluation) and quickly establish a base of knowledge about a case. Strategies and templates, in addition to several sample Harvard Business School cases, help you apply the author’s framework. Later in the book, Ellet shows how to write persuasive case-analytical essays based on the process laid out earlier. Extensive examples of effective and ineffective writing further reinforce your learning. The book also includes a chapter on how to talk about cases more effectively in class. Any current or prospective MBA or executive education student needs to read this book.

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  1. Not an easy book to work through… As I tend to spend a fair amount of time writing, I thought it might be worth reading The Case Study Handbook: How to Read, Discuss, and Write Persuasively About Cases by William Ellet. My rationale was that I might gain some insights for business-related writing. What I found was a book that was hard to follow, and could have used a better layout to prepare the reader for the material… 

  2. I read this book carefully to prepare for HBS exams and did terribly I am a second year MBA student at Harvard Business School (HBS). I followed the approach recommended in this book to write two of my final exam essays in my first year and got the worst writing grades (i.e., the bottom quartile) for them. I wrote essays in my own style for all the other six of the non-finance first year classes and did fine (i.e., either first or second quartile). As a result, I have good reasons to believe that this book (as far as your exam preparation is concerned) will not…

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