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John Case

John Case is a veteran observer and analyst of the business world and a nationally known writer on entrepreneurship and management. He is author or coauthor of six books and collaborator on several others, and he has written for a wide variety of periodicals.

John spent much of his career as a senior writer and senior editor for Inc. magazine. During his 13 years there he wrote numerous feature stories on entrepreneurship and small-company management; wrote a monthly column on the New Economy; and developed and wrote a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column entitled The Inc. Report, published for three years in the Boston Globe and elsewhere. His book From the Ground Up: The Resurgence of Entrepreneurship in America was published in 1992.

From 1993 to 1998, John focused mainly on the phenomenon of open-book management, writing extensively in Inc. and elsewhere, editing a newsletter, and publishing two books on the subject. His article “Opening the Books” appeared in the March/April 1997 issue of Harvard Business Review. From 1998 through 2000 John was executive editor at Harvard Business School Publishing and editor of Harvard Management Update, a subscription-only newsletter.

Since 2000, John has contributed occasionally to Inc. and Harvard Business Review and has served as a consulting writer for a variety of clients, including Bain & Company, Southwest Airlines, the Business Literacy Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and the Great Game of Business. He also serves on the boards of two Boston-area nonprofits, Third Sector New England and the Public Conversations Project.

Books authored or coauthored by John Case include:

  • Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Good for Business, by Corey Rosen, John Case, and Martin Staubus (Harvard Business School Press, 2005)
  • The Open-Book Experience: Lessons from Over 100 Companies Who Successfully Transformed Themselves (Addison-Wesley [now Perseus Books], 1998)
  • Open-Book Management: The Coming Business Revolution (HarperBusiness, 1995)
  • From the Ground Up (Simon & Schuster, 1992)
  • Digital Future (William Morrow, 1985)
  • Understanding Inflation (William Morrow, 1981)

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