Case Study Method in Management Development

Case Study Method in Management Development

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Roy Winterburn
01 June 1987
9781848593701 (PDF)
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  • Preface

    In 1981 the Commonwealth Secretariat published ‘The Case Study as a Training Method’, which was an annotated bibliography. Since then, it has continued to support the use of the case method for management development programmes, because of the benefits it can give: the close simulation of reality, with the consequent introduction of feelings, values, discussions, and critical judgements - all characteristics which help the development of managerial competence.

  • The Case Method
  • Preparing & Compiling Your Case

    Preparation of cases is commonly referred to as case writing, (though a variety of other terms is also in use), but you should not assume that all cases consist entirely, or even mainly, of written material. Audio, visual and computer-based materials can be included and may sometimes form the great majority of the material in a particular case. We shall use the term case writing, though, to cover all the formats in which the case may eventually appear for use.

  • More Detailed Considerations

    Don't stop when you have finished preparing your case. More will be got out of your case, by more facilitators, if you go on to prepare an instructor's guide (which may be referred to also as a teaching note, trainer's note, case guide, etc., etc.).

  • The Effective Use of Cases

    The main test for your new case wi ll come when participants work through it and discuss it amongst themselves and with you. The most important question which must be answered is whe ther your case achieved the various objectives you had for it.

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