Monday, February 27, 2006

The case of Larry Summers

With the world's best-known B-school located in Harvard, is it any wonder that this case has now been converted into a Case for managers to study? The case of Summers seems to be entagled in the case of Andrei Shleifer, pursued by David McClintick (profiled here), who did an investigative piece in January under the title of "How Harvard lost Russia". McClintick's piece ought to be read for its own sake; that it undermined Larry Summers' career is beside the point (though it was an important side-effect).

Finally, Matthew Pearl uses this case to highlight a key event (nearly 140 years ago!) in Harvard's history that helped shape it into what it is today.