Harvard Business School Faculty Published 70 Cases With Black Protagonists This Past Year

Harvard Case Classroom. ©Natalie-Keyssar

After years of criticism that Harvard Business School largely ignored Black business leaders in its case studies, the school boasting that its professors have in the past year completed more than 70 cases with Black or African American protagonists.

In a self-congratulatory article generated by the school’s public relations staff, HBS noted that another 50 other cases with Black protagonists are still in process. The faculty also completed more than 90 cases, with 20 still in process, featuring protagonists who are LatinX/Hispanic, Asian or Asian American/Pacific Islander, or Native American or other Indigenous people. Without citing numbers, the school says that in 2020-2021 the number of cases taught in the first year RC with Black or African American protagonists increased by nearly 60%.

In a given year, HBS faculty produce on average of roughly 400 cases. The article points out that “160 completed cases…

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