The Case Study Method in Training and Management Education
The IUP Journal of Soft Skills, Vol. VI, No. 2, pp. 55-64, June 2012
15 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2012 Last revised: 28 May 2016
Date Written: November 1, 2012
The case study is a method which provides descriptive situations which stimulate trainees to make decisions. The purpose of the case method is to make trainees apply what they know, develop new ideas to manage a situation or solve a problem. The focus is more on the approach the trainee uses rather than on the solution. As a training tool, the case study method can be used to develop decision-making skills, enhance team spirit, better communication and interpersonal skills and strengthen the analytical skills of trainees. This paper explores the situations when case study method can be used as a training tool and also explains the advantages and limitations of this method. It also describes certain variations in the case method so that the trainer can enhance his effectiveness.
Keywords: case method, case study, management education, training methods
JEL Classification: Z00
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