Team Project: Harvard Case Studies
Each team is required to prepare two case studies, one on the macro economics, and the 2 nd one on
the micro-economics topics. Harvard case study is more like "position paper". You would review
the literature (the case), list out the different options / approaches / alternatives, discuss & assess
the strengths and weaknesses of each alternative, and then select your own approach / make a
recommendation. The course website contains a sample case write-up on "Pine Street Capital" for
your reference. You will be divided into project team consisting of 4-6 people.
Note that the emphases are on:
• Developing analytical and judgment skills
• Gain exposures to dynamic organizational and managerial situations
• Enhance your skills to analyze and defend your opinion as new information or perspectives
• Incorporate computer modeling techniques (e.g. Macro, what-if analysis, business charting) and
Excel spreadsheets where appropriate.
What to Expect in a Case:
• Critical issues are not explicit.
• Information may be incomplete or ambiguous.
• Some information may be redundant / irrelevant.
• There are no correct or wrong answers as long as you can justify / substantiate your positions.
Sample Guidance (“Citibank Capital Arbitrage” for demo purpose):
Provide a business report (about 10 pages, including cover page, Table of Contents, Reference;
graduate school-level quality) that includes:
• Overview: the issues / business case; the parties involved.
• Proposed solutions: Strength analysis.
• Proposed solutions: Potential risks involved in this credit derivative deal.
• Critique / evaluate on the proposed “talk points” to clients.
• Develop a set of recommendations supported by your analysis. Evaluate alternative proposals
(pros and cons). Address the implementation issues in an applied corporate setting.
• Provide some analysis of the bond features in Exhibit 1, e.g. coupon frequency, discount vs.
premium bond, etc.
• Concluding remarks; Reference.