Using case studies in management education: the student perspective.

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Brennan, R. and Ahmad, J. 2005. Using case studies in management education: the student perspective. International journal of management education. 4 (3), pp. 21-30. https://doi.org/10.3794/ijme.43.124
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TitleUsing case studies in management education: the student perspective.
AuthorsBrennan, R. and Ahmad, J.
Abstract

Case studies are widely used in management education. Most of the literature discussing the case study method
has reflected the perspective of the teacher, implying a teacher-centred view of the case study as a learning strategy.
Little is known about the student perspective on case studies. If we are to use the case study method as a component
of a student-centred learning experience, then we must know how students perceive case studies, and
understand the differences in attitude towards case studies that are found between different groups within the student
body. This paper reports on a study of 288 final-year undergraduate students at two UK higher education institutions
and is designed to uncover their views about the case study method. All of the respondents were currently
enrolled on a strategic marketing or strategic management module on which case studies were used as a key component
of the teaching and learning strategy. In general, students believed case studies to be useful as a method
of acquiring skills and knowledge. The inherent ambiguity of the complex case study, grounded in business realities,
can cause anxiety among some students. There is evidence of marked differences in attitude towards case
studies between students with different entry qualifications and with different ethnic backgrounds. Older students are found to have more favourable attitudes to case studies than younger students. These findings have practical
implications for the effective use of the case study method. Lecturers using this approach need to be aware of the likely differences of attitude towards case studies of students in their class, and consider these when designing
appropriate teaching and learning strategies.

PublisherLTSN for Business, Management & Accountancy
JournalInternational journal of management education
ISSN1472-8117
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Print2005
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Deposited23 Mar 2009
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3794/ijme.43.124
LanguageEnglish
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