Case Teaching and Learning
Please find below links to a variety resources on Case Method teaching resources and student-focused resources on learning by the Case Method.
Case Method Teaching
Christensen, C., Garvin, D., and Sweet, A. (1991). Education for Judgment: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership. Boston MA, Harvard Business School Press.
Barnes, L.B., Christensen, C.R., and Hansen, A., (1994) Teaching and the Case Method (3rd Ed). Boston MA, Harvard Business School Press.
Note this is a book of cases used in the development of Case Teachers
Bruner, R.F., (2003) Socrates' Muse: Reflections on Effective Case Discussion Leadership. New York NY, McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Garvin, D. A. "Making the Case." Harvard Magazine, September-October 2003, Volume 106, Number 1. (Order reprint from HBSP)
Garvin, D. A. "Teaching Executives and Teaching MBAs: Reflections on the Case Method." Academy of Management Learning & Education 6, no. 3 (September 2007).
- Hints for Case Teaching
Provides practical advice as well as bigger-picture philosophies. Highlights key skills including clarifying objectives, questioning and listening, and board work.
B. Shapiro (9-585-012) 5 pages, © 1984, rev. 1985. Order
- Use of Cases in Management Education
Directed toward students; valuable for professors as well. Briefly describes the process of case writing, the general nature of cases, and the advantages to students of learning by the case method. An approach to studying a case, individually or as a group member, for classroom discussion is outlined. Also summarizes the basic characteristics of a case discussion.
Corey (9-376-240) 4 pages, © 1976, rev. 1996. Order
- Choreographing a Case Class
Compares four different approaches to case teaching: lecturing, theorizing, illustrating, and choreographing a case. Argues the advantages of the "choreography" method from the point of view of students' learning. Concludes with a description of that method and some tips on how to use it.
Rangan (9-595-074) 6 pages, © 1995, rev. 1996. Order
- Reflections on the United Electric Case Discussion
This analysis of an MBA classroom discussion reveals the importance of challenging "theories-in-use" and developing persuasive techniques for students as well as professors and managers, and suggests strategies for more reflective learning.
Spear (602-146) 6 pages, © 2002. Order
- Because Wisdom Can't Be Told
A thoughtful and perceptive essay on the value of the case method in developing constructive, independent thought through participation, discovery, and open exchange. Stresses the importance of the instructor as discussion leader, and highlights the challenges and rewards that students encounter as they shift from lecture-based undergraduate studies to discussion-based learning.
Gragg (9-451-005) 7 pages, © 1940, rev. 1982. Order
Learning by the Case Method
Resources for students
Ellet, W., (2007) The Case Study Handbook: How to Read, Discuss, and Write Persuasively About Cases. Boston MA, Harvard Business Review Press.
- Learning with Cases
Directed toward students, useful for faculty as well. Gives tips to maximize all learning; offers the pros and cons of experiential learning (cases) as a method; and gives some guidelines for effective case preparation, discussion, and learning.
Bonoma (589-080) 10 pages, © 1989. Order
- How to Avoid Getting Lost in the Numbers
Geared toward students, the advice is to slow down, write everything out, and know why you're doing what you're doing. Basic, helpful advice.
Maister (9-682-010) 5 pages, © 1981, rev. 1985. Order