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You know your country has serious issues when it becomes a case study for potential future leaders and managers. In Pakistan’s case, its situation is being taught at the Harvard Business School.

The case study titled ‘Pakistan at 75: When Will the “Nazuk Mor” End?’ is for use in Professor Alberto Cavallo’s the Business, Government, and the International Economy - Spring 2024 at Harvard Business School, and currently making the rounds in WhatsApp groups.

The school’s MBA programme was ranked 11th in FT Rankings for 2024.

Case studies are a common method of teaching in business schools and used by professors to present students a real-life example, followed by discussions on how to resolve issues facing the entity.

This case study makes the reference to ‘Nazuk Mor’ in its title, a phrase rather repeatedly used during political sloganeering and to convey Pakistan’s persistent problems with political instability, interference in running government affairs, corruption, and constant boom-and-bust economic cycles.

The reference to 75 comes from Pakistan, which earned independence in 1947, facing the same issues even in 2023 – not much changed in 2024 either – with bailouts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), loss-making state-owned entities, and high inflation continuing to dominate headlines. While elections did take place in February 2024, the new government has been formed with reluctant partners, and analysts believe that decision-making would again be problematic.

Business Recorder reached out to the Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) Special Permissions Team to reproduce excerpts of the case study or republish it in full. The request was denied by its team in an emailed response.

The case study was prepared by Harvard Business School Professor Meg Rithmire, Salaar A. Shaikh (MBA Class of 2023), and Hong Zhang (Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School).

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Rebirth Apr 09, 2024 08:02pm
Instead of installing Harvard law graduates, these private college grads install Mohsin Naqvi to support Babar Rizwan. Will HBR share a case study on US debt that’s $35 trillion and 130% of their GDP?
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Chintu Apr 10, 2024 01:43pm
It is very simple to understand. Military rule and corruption. So this nazuk mor never ends
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KU Apr 10, 2024 06:55pm
Well, if they are at it, might as well include chapters on ''how to stop dishonesty in leadership/bureaucracy'' or ''how to stop US/EU from supporting or encouraging corrupt leaders in Pakistan''.
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Gen z Apr 10, 2024 10:02pm
Definitely makes sense! Pakistan has became an example of joke and poor governance where the economy is at its bottleneck. Policy reforms and future export potential are the key for a stable Pakistan
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Zahid Apr 11, 2024 07:50am
This Nazak .Mor is designed and created by developed economies of the world.
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mirza asif Apr 11, 2024 11:10am
Pakistan is an example of a directionless voyage.People at helm changes the direction according to their interest,so a voyage with no destination is in progress and hope to continue.
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SAMIR SARDANA Apr 11, 2024 11:34am
NAZUK MOD ? IN HARVARD ! PAKISTAN HAS BEEN PLACED IN NAZUK MOD - BY USA & EU ! IT IS PART OF THEIR PLAN ! ISLAM + NUKES = REASON ! FOR PAKISTAN THE FUTURE IS CHINA - AFTER 10- YEARS ! SAMIR SARDANA
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SAMIR SARDANA Apr 11, 2024 06:19pm
NAZUK SOLUTION IS FOR PAKISTAN TO EMBRACE CHINA IN TOTO ! IN 1 DAY THE IMF & WB LOANS WILL BE SWAPPED ! PROBLEM IS PAF - USES US TECH & SO DOES PNS, IN PART ! THAT TRANSITION IWLL TAKE 10 YEARS !
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Hafiz Mahmood ayaz Apr 11, 2024 06:57pm
Nazuk morh will never go away under this regime
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Ash Chak Apr 12, 2024 07:31am
@SAMIR SARDANA , You think China is interested in supporting Pakistan? They have only given loans for projects done by Chinese companies in Pakistan with Chinese workers. Wake up !
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John McCain Apr 12, 2024 10:48am
@Rebirth, 130% is nothing if your credit is good.
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Dr Arslan Subuctageen Apr 12, 2024 03:34pm
Political Stability with noninterference in matters of Statecraft is the only way forward for achieving economic strength and geographical viability
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Dr. Irfan Apr 12, 2024 06:05pm
Do not take these Harvad guys seriously. They only know how to make rich richer, a task for which you do not need a degree. The best they do is IMF, which is yet to show any successful "case study."
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Sumaira shafiq Apr 12, 2024 08:18pm
Can you share this report with our institute. Institute of Kashmir studies, university of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffrabad. Pakistan
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Sumaira shafiq Apr 12, 2024 08:22pm
Dishonest and weak leadership is responsible for this situations.
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Karam Ali Shah Apr 12, 2024 10:10pm
Lovely topic... "Nazuk Mor" all the developed countries are equally responsible to this Nazuk Mor, they would have banned individuals govt high officials n politicians who r transferring illicit money
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AG Apr 13, 2024 02:51pm
From 47 to Form 47 the country is hijacked
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PINTU Apr 15, 2024 04:09am
@Chintu, G o chintu darling
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Sania Hassan Apr 15, 2024 11:05pm
Not working sincerely with Pakistan
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