Authentic Learning Through the Case Method in Customized Executive Programs in Latin America

The International Journal of Management Education, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2022, 100599

26 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2022

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Roy Campos

Universidad de Costa Rica

Carlos Rodriguez-Lluesma

IESE Business School

Date Written: January 4, 2022

Abstract

The case method (CM) helps executives develop their problem-solving skills by exposing them to real-life situations in which they have to look for similarities and differences with respect to their professional contexts. This study seeks to explain how the analogies generated by the CM favor the authentic learning of experienced executives in custom executive programs (CEPs). An analogy is an explicit, nonliteral comparison between two objects, or sets of objects, that links their structural, functional, and causal similarities. Our comparative-case study, based on nine CEPs across six Latin American countries, seeks to identify the key factors that enable the effectiveness of the CM in authentic executive learning. Our results suggest that a CEP’s success, i. e., its ability to achieve the analogical knowledge transfer that authentic learning requires, in part depends on the CEP’s selection of cases and its appropriate delivery. Our analysis reveals two critical drivers of CM success in a CEP: choosing cases that enable analogies according to the type of business issues and constructing a CM narrative that illustrates the analogies of each case.

Keywords: Case method, Custom executive programs, Analogy, Authentic learning, Executive education, Training

Suggested Citation

Campos, Roy and Rodriguez-Lluesma, Carlos, Authentic Learning Through the Case Method in Customized Executive Programs in Latin America (January 4, 2022). The International Journal of Management Education, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2022, 100599, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4012095

Roy Campos (Contact Author)

Universidad de Costa Rica ( email )

San Jose
Costa Rica
0050683306477 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ean.ucr.ac.cr

Carlos Rodriguez-Lluesma

IESE Business School ( email )

Camino del Cerro del Águila
Madrid, 28023
Spain

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