The early practitioners of the case method drew a lot of their inspiration from the study of law. In particular from the adversarial nature of common law jurisdictions and the requirement for students to study by analysing and debating case law as it was created by the courts.
So it is interesting that American legal experts, Olga V. Mack and Katia Bloom, are now arguing for the use of business style case studies in law degrees.
They see this as a way of improving the acquisition and development of the skills displayed by every successful lawyer: emotional intelligence, collaboration, and the ability to analyse risks constructively.
Never mind that every lawyer also operates as a business.
Within the diversity of The Case Centre’s collection are many cases focusing on management issues specific to particular industries: arts management, veterinary science, science and technology, fashion and design, just to name a few examples. And not all business skills acquired are limited to running a business. What Olga and Katia have spotted is that business skills are also interpersonal.
Have you tried using business cases outside of the traditional business degree?
Links to specialist collections distributed by The Case Centre:
- Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s (ANZSOG) case studies are all set in the public sector, and cover topics including accountability and governance, co-production, change and innovation, collaboration and partnerships, risk management and regulation.
- Australian College of the Arts (Collarts) cases are aimed at students studying music organisations in arts management or music business programmes.
- Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University cases focus on the delivery of health services and health technologies in low-resource settings.
- Harvard Kennedy School cases are designed for teaching about how government works and how public policy is made.
- Medical Peace Work cases depict challenging situations for health professionals who are looking for ways to prevent and reduce violence and other forms of power abuse.