Harvard Business School Case Study
On December 10, 2008, Dr. Daniel Isenberg of Harvard Business School published a case study entitled “Clutch Group–Should Abhi Shah Grab This Opportunity?” The case study was the basis of Isenberg’s 2008-2009 international entrepreneurship MBA class and was made available for similar classes at business schools around the world. NYU’s Stern School of Business, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and some business schools in Europe are among those using the case study in their courses.
The case study centers on Abhi Shah, Clutch Group’s CEO and co-founder, as he navigated an entrepreneurial opportunity after his graduation from Harvard Business School. Isenberg described Clutch Group’s formation and business model as “an interesting case for my students because it illustrates how advisory boards, management teams and investors work in tandem toward common goals, even when individual opinions might differ.” The Harvard professor further noted, “It also serves as an interesting example of an innovative business model for a global venture.”
Shah participated in extensive interviews with Dr. Isenberg to develop the study, providing financial data and historical information and engaging in in-depth personal interviews. Mr. Shah was invited to Dr. Isenberg’s Harvard Business school class for the case debut and answered numerous questions from the students.