Learning with Cases (Continued...)
BENEFITS FROM THE CASE METHOD
The case benefit has several advantages over traditional
teaching methods. The skills that students develop by being exposed to this
method are listed in Exhibit 2. The consequences to
the student from involvement in the method are listed in
Some of the advantages of using case studies are given below:
Cases allow students to learn by doing. They allow
students to step into the shoes of decision-makers in real organizations,
and deal with the issues managers face, with no risk to themselves or the
Cases improve the students ability to ask the right
questions, in a given problem situation. Their ability to identify and
understand the underlying problems rather than the symptoms of the problems
is also enhanced.
Case studies expose students to a wide range of industries,
organizations, functions and responsibility levels. This provides students the
flexibility and confidence to deal with a variety of tasks and responsibilities
in their careers. It also helps students to make more informed decisions about
their career choices.
Cases studies strengthen the student's grasp of
management theory, by providing real-life examples of the underlying
theoretical concepts. By providing rich, interesting information about real
business situations, they breathe life into conceptual discussions. .
Cases provide students with an exposure to the actual
working of business and other organizations in the real world.
Case studies reflect the reality of managerial
decision-making in the real world, in that students must make decisions
based on insufficient information. Cases reflect the ambiguity and
complexity that accompany most management issues.
When working on a case study in a group, students must
also be able to understand and deal with the different viewpoints and
perspectives of the other members in their team. This serves to improve
their communication and interpersonal skills
Case studies provide an integrated view of management.
Managerial decision-making involves integration of theories and concepts
learnt in different functional areas such as marketing and finance. The case
method exposes students to this reality of management.