Case Researcher

companyHarvard FAS
locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


Case Researcher

Harvard Business School


Job Summary

Are you a strong writer who loves learning and helping others learn? Are you curious about how organizations work? Do you wonder how companies adapt to climate change? How are new AI tools impacting all facets of business? How do human resources leaders drive diversity and inclusion? How do non-profits measure their impact, Wall Street firms fund businesses, agricultural firms produce food, hospital systems care for patients, managers apply accounting principles, entrepreneurs build companies, and leaders transform old ones? We write case studies on these topics and more. If this interests you, please join our collaborative, tightly knit, and feedback-driven team, the Case Research & Writing Group (CRG) at Harvard Business School (HBS). We hire strong writers and help them become case writers by partnering them with experienced peers.

The CRG helps HBS faculty members develop course materials, primarily case studies that train tens of thousands of future leaders at HBS and worldwide. Case studies are typically 6,000-word documents that describe a management situation. They put students in the shoes of a decision-maker and ask them, "if this was your decision, what would you do?”

To write case studies, we interview business leaders and others (politicians, professional athletes, entertainers, philanthropists, and more) about their most pressing challenges and organizational dilemmas. Travel may be involved. We also perform library research, and then we write.

Case Researchers occasionally work on other course development projects (such as video supplements or teaching guides) and participate in CRG recruiting, training, and mentoring activities.

Position Description

Reporting to one of the Case Research and Writing Group management team, the Case Researcher has the following responsibilities:

  • With faculty guidance, writes and submits for publication case studies based on field and/or library research, supports the development of course materials, including teaching notes and teaching plans and multimedia materials; manage timelines, drafts and deliverables, creates basic case components (e.g., tables, charts, graphs).
  • Helps faculty with project management tasks related to more complex course material development efforts.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • This role is responsible for other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience OR a Master’s degree with 3 years of relevant experience is required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge of a particular industry, geography, or foreign language, and familiarity with strategy, economics, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, or other business topics is preferred.
  • Interest in technology and different learning modalities, such as video and multimedia platforms, is a plus. Interest in emerging concepts such as artificial intelligence and digital technologies and transformation.
  • Strong writing, research, and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects with shifting deadlines, evolving scope, and diverse stakeholders.
  • Comfort conducting interviews as well as library and online research.
  • The ability to give, receive, and adapt to feedback and work independently while seeking guidance as needed from CRG peers and faculty clients

Additional Information

This position is initially offered as a term appointment with an end date of approximately one year from the first date of employment, with a strong possibility of renewal/extension based on performance.

This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus 3 days per week. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here https://www.hbs.edu/employment.


Salary range is $75,000 - $80,000 commensurate with relevant experience.

We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

RS0056 Researcher II Humanities

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Division of Research and Faculty Development


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.