Orientation Session on "Using Case Studies in Management Education"
Harvard Business Publishing’s Orientation Session at AIM
Asia-Pacific Institute of management, New Delhi, organized an orientation Session for AIM faculty on "Using Case Studies in Management Education" by Harvard Business Publishing.
The use of case studies for management education is now universal and ubiquitous fact. So much so, this pedagogy is now taken for granted by the B-Schools, especially in India. As such, instructors often miss out on the philosophical and scientific foundations of this important teaching pedagogy.
As such, an orientation Session on "Using Case Studies in Management Education" by Mr.RohitTuteja, Regional Manager (Higher Education), Harvard Business Publishing was held on Thursday, 02nd April 2015.
The orientation session tried to establish the importance of case methodology which is highly context-specific in terms of effectiveness; therefore, the instructors must be careful about the choice and age of the case, keep in perspective the participants’ (students’) profiles, their background, and the lessons (conceptualizations) sought to be realized.
Talking about the importance of case study methodology, Prof. (Dr) Akhilesh Kumar, Director, Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, New Delhi said, "The Simulations provide an interesting experience to the students, while interacting in the virtual environment. The team games will enhance the understanding between the players, they would take decisions collectively and final outcome will also inspire them to do better in future. The Harvard Simulations are really interesting and would help the students prepare for corporate".
“The importance of case –study is well-known in global management education. Case study provides applications of the practice-orientation to the students; but when it comes to strategic decision making, the role of simulations becomes a dominant factor to the student. Simulations actually empower the students and faculty to take the decision or to learn the decision –making process for the best operational efficiency”.
Prof. Saurabh Mittal, Core Faculty - Information Technology and Online Marketing/Area Chairperson – IT, said, "The orientation session was very fruitful and as a faculty in operations department, especially I like the concept of using simulation. I am sure teaching some concepts through simulation, students will get more clarity and understanding and can further extrapolate it in to new scenario".
Adding to the conversation Prof. Nitin Arora, said “The session conducted by Mr. Tuteja on behalf of HBP, was a good exercise from an academic point of view. The session began with an overall presentation of HBP contents available to faculty members as well as how those could be accessed and used by the faculty members. I used MyEconLab from Pearson during my teaching days in USA ; but I feel that the HBP initiative on simulation is a better method to instil organizational approach to achieve their goals. The second session was about using simulation which is very much connected with organizational behaviour. Most of the faculty members enjoyed the session, and so do I. All of us agreed that it would be good exercise for the students because it will give them a feel of how organization takes decision.
I believe premium access to HBP Case Studies would be a valued addition to our institute’s academic excellence.”
Dr. Moon Moon Haqueadded, “Basically, in the first part Mr.Rohit has created an interest within me on different aspects of learning parameters available in the HBR website. As an educator a lot many things need to be learned from the resources placed there in the Website.”
The Second part carries an excitement how to use the Simulations stepwise in a stipulated time perod and predefined process. It also clears the mindset, which insists me to perform the same kind of activities in the classroom so that my students will get a better exposure for the reality world for better decision making as a future manager.
Overall the entire activities were effective for me as far as my learning is concerned.”
To conclude, Dr.Subash Chandra Nathsaid, “I feel that everybody really enjoyed Mr.Tuteja’s Presentation. His delivery was very engaging and powerful. I have noticed his passion for conducting this orientation session and this helped me in organizing the event in an effective and successful manner.”