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Charles M. "Charlie" Williams on developing cases for a course
Well, a big part of building a course was getting good cases. And I had enough contact in industry and banking by that time that I could get good leads. And my—in building a case course I tried to get new developments, new trends, debatable ones. And, for instance, we developed some excellent cases on project lending, in which the banks would put up really almost venture capital. But Southern Peru copper mines, (Bouganville) copper off the coast of New Guinea, and BP in the North Sea. For instance, the money to largely finance the operation. And what kind of protections, what kind of risk.
And this was a new development, and a very interesting one, because you had tangible projects. And so built up a chunk of cases in an area. Again, ones who were thinking ahead and fully gelled, and we could think with the students, and challenge them to analyze the situation, and come to a conclusion. I guess that was an earmark of the course.