The Case method, connecting theory to practice is used in a learning environment to enable students to problem solve a real life situation, coming up with possible solutions to a variety of issues. It uses the active learning approach where students work collaboratively, discussing the topic in class after critically reading the case study. Students must use their theoretical knowledge and analysis skills and experience to resolve the situation and find a path forward. They must justify and review each of their decisions and be responsible for the evaluation of why they offer the best resolution.
Follow the method when analysing a case study:
What are the main issues? Be careful to distinguish between the original problems and the symptoms. For example Australia’s export sales have dropped by 22.5% in the past 5 years due to barriers experienced by SMEs’ to develop the overseas market.*
The Emerald Cases Hub has an online module 'Learning with case studies' specifically designed to teach students how to learn with the case study method. This shows you how to actively read and evaluate case studies. The content includes videos, questions and key points on:
To access the online module, register in the Emerald Cases Hub using your VU email https://bit.ly/caseslearninghub.
Once you have registered, click on 'Library' and choose the module 'Learning with case studies'.
The Emerald Cases Hub have a series of online courses designed to assist teaching staff. The courses help you use case studies to connect theoretical models with real-world business and management challenges.
'Teaching a case study' includes
To access online courses, register in the Emerald Cases Hub https://bit.ly/caseslearninghub.
Use your VU email credentials when registering.
To access teaching notes contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SAGE Business Cases: Information for Instructors
For Teaching Notes or assistance with Case Studies: