University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Ron Laschever, ECON 440, Spring 2010 1 Problem set #5- Lincoln Electric (HBS 376-028) Due at the start of class on March 16 Lincoln Electric is the best selling HBS (Harvard Business School) case of all time. It shows a dramatically successful company that uses very unusual human resource management policies. WHERE TO GET THE CASE? As explained in class, I would be more likely to break many laws, than to post a copy of the case online or make photocopies for you. Nor am I allowed to put this on electronic reserve. HBS is really strict about this (they actually once sued themselves). So, you can, of course, purchase this online on their website at http://harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu for $6.95 (just search for “Lincoln Electric” and make sure you select the one which has the product number 9-376-028 from 1975). Or you can take a trip to the Business and Economics Library (Bell Library) which has fairly long hours. At the end of the case, there are several pages of exhibits (1 thru
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