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Professor Snags Harvard Business Case with Graphic Novel

Rawls College of Business professor Jeremy Short adapts a Harvard Business case study for the first time ever, to 'comic book' format.

Written by Leslie Cranford

Harvard ‘iPremier (A) Denial of Service Attack (Graphic Novel  Version),’  based on an IT security crisis, is co-authored by Robert Austin, a faculty member at Harvard Business School

Harvard ‘iPremier (A) Denial of Service Attack (Graphic Novel Version),’ based on an IT security crisis, is co-authored by Robert Austin, a faculty member at Harvard Business School.

Holy Academia! Even the likes of Batman and Superman have never dared enter the halls, or publications, of the Ivy League.

Yet Jeremy Short has adapted for the first time a case study in graphic novel format for Harvard Business School’s case collection. Short is the Jerry S. Rawls Professor of Management in Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business.

“To my knowledge, this is the first ever Harvard Business case published in graphic novel format,” Short said. “The co-author is Robert Austin, a faculty member at Harvard Business School. He found out about my interest in the graphic novel and contacted me about adapting a well-known Harvard Business case he had written a while back.”

The case itself, Harvard ‘iPremier (A) Denial of Service Attack (Graphic Novel Version)’ describes an IT security crisis, and raises issues of risk management, preparation for crises, management of crises, computer security and public disclosure of security risks. It is available at hbsp.harvard.edu.

The illustration team is made up of Lubbock artists, including Short’s wife, Tessa, an art major and ambassador for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, who helped with the lettering.

Short also has published the first-ever graphic novel textbook on management, which is out this summer. The first chapter of “Atlas Black: Managing to Succeed” can be viewed online. Short thinks the book, which took about four years to develop, will appeal to college students.

Both the case study and the textbook concepts were supported by Short’s peer-reviewed article, published in Business Communication Quarterly. The Graphic Novel: A “Cool” Format for Communicating to Generation Y, explores the subject of using graphic novels for teaching business. The article highlights how and why this format can be a useful tool to present management content relevant for the current generation of business students.

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