Just when I could start to take the case method for granted, seeing an example of it in action took my breath away.
Last week I had the joy of being in a case discussion class led by Case Awards 2017 winner Professor Horacio Falcao, of INSEAD, teaching his award-winning case Oxipouco: An Endangered Species Resource Negotiation (A) & (B).
I can’t say too much about the content of the discussion without giving away the crux of the case. Let’s just say it was a delight to see a group of experienced, senior administrators have their knowledge and skills challenged and developed by a charming, demanding, highly-skilled case teacher – and author – using their own case.
It was a prime example of the power of case discussions engaging a bunch of perhaps slightly jaded professionals in a way that energised the room and led to some real and memorable learning. It certainly improved my own negotiating skills.
The point is, not only were we in the hands of a great case teacher in Horacio, he was also blessed to be using a case he had written. The combination was irresistible.
It made me very proud of the recognition we are able to give to case writers and teachers through our annual awards and competitions, and of the impact that our workshops programme has on faculty wishing to engage with case writing or teaching for the first time, or to develop existing skills to the highest level.
Our team is already planning for next year’s awards (to be announced in early March) while our next workshops programme – very appropriately – will be held in Dublin, that greatest home of writers, poets, scholars and raconteurs, 22-26 January 2018. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2gH4dHK