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The Case Centre Awards 2018

‘Outstanding’ David Garvin recognised at presentation

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L-R: Eric Aldrich, Jan Rivkin, Willis Emmons, Cindy Garvin, Lynn Garvin, Richard McCracken, Nitin Nohria

The Case Centre Director Richard McCracken presented the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to the Case Method Award posthumously to the widow of Harvard Business School professor David Garvin at a presentation at the School on Tuesday 5 June.Alt text

The accolade honours those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ to promote the case method, and David, who passed away from cancer in April 2017 at the age of 64, held a long and deep commitment to case writing and teaching.

Alt text“David made a tremendous impact with his teaching, setting the right example by always being very prepared, and leaving many in awe by the way he made teaching look effortless,” said Nitin Nohria (pictured, left), Harvard Business Dean.

“David was also very generous with his time in helping junior faculty with the case method, and he took extraordinary care in writing his teaching notes to help other faculty members at HBS and elsewhere excel.”

Alt textRichard presented the award to David’s wife Lynn and daughter Cindy, who were joined at the presentation by Dean Nohria, former colleagues Jan Rivkin and Willis Emmons, Jim Aisner (Director of Media and Public Relations), Cullen Schmitt (Senior Communications Coordinator) and Eric Aldrich (The Case Centre General Manager).

“Academia has many ways of recognising the intellect of its most prominent members and David rightly held many of those bright trophies and ribbons,” said Richard.

“But in making this award, we sought to recognise David’s many other strengths.

“Strengths of heart, spirit and generosity in advancing the skills and knowledge of others, and by that, advancing the development of what we believe to be the most magical way of nurturing the essential skill of any student of management, that which David himself described as The courage to act under uncertainty.”

Alt textDavid (pictured, left) enjoyed a distinguished career that spanned almost four decades, including a spell as faculty chair at the HBS Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning, where he had an immense impact on the theory and practice of the case method, and influenced thousands of case teachers and authors around the world. In addition, the case method expert authored over 70 case studies that are still widely used in the classroom.

Richard added: “David was held in special regard by all of us at The Case Centre. He was a constant friend and always quick to respond when asked for an incisive quote or contribute to an article or interview.”

To read more about David’s Award and his work, click here.

Photos courtesy of Evgenia Eliseeva.

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