The Case Development Initiative
The Case Development Initiative uses interviews, data, and research to develop written and video summaries of strategic and organizational issues that law and other professional service firms face. Readers become situation-based problem solvers by analyzing a case study; they must identify key challenges and develop appropriate strategies to resolve them. Harvard Law School case studies force readers to consider each situation from multiple perspectives and reconcile the interests of different groups or individuals; for example, the reader may need to analyze both the stakeholders’ interests and motivations and the underlying incentives and mission of the institution before arriving at a solution to a strategic problem. In short, case studies bring real life situations to classroom settings, helping students prepare for their professional careers and experienced professionals build on their skill sets. CDI cases are used most frequently in Executive Education, professional development programs, and other settings with experienced professionals; however, they are also used in law school classes focused on the legal profession.