Thursday 27 April 2023 De Montfort University, UK
On 27 April The Case Centre visited De Montfort University (DMU) to present Natasha Katuta Mwila with the Outstanding Case Teacher prize.
Vicky Lester, CEO of The Case Centre, shared how impressed the judges were that Natasha is innovating in case teaching on a wide variety of dimensions, including flipping the case in ways that bring out the unseen characters, writing cases with protagonists in emerging markets and based on film, and gamifying case analysis.
Vicky commented: "The judges words are a resounding endorsement of the impact that Natasha is having through her case work and in the classroom, bringing real-world situations into class so students have lessons they will remember for life."
Heather McLaughlin, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Academic Staff Development, Dean of Business and Law at DMU said: "I'm really pleased that The Case Centre has recognised Natasha's amazing work. Natasha has not only adopted the case method herself, but has also been a champion for the case method across the faculty. Her award is also for writing diverse and inclusive cases that feature female protagonists, small businesses and developing world context. This really chimes with the values of DMU."
On receiving her award Natasha said: "This award is very special to me because it represents a journey I have had, firstly as a student through the instruction of very keen case teachers, and then later on in my academic career as someone who has profoundly followed experts in the case method, and to the stage where I feel that I'm now a competent case teacher and also having a positive impact on my peers and my students."
The presentation also recognised students who participated in a case competition that Natasha ran as part of her undergraduate course on strategic management.
The case competition featured Access Rating, a social enterprise run by disabled people, for disabled people. Founder of Access Rating, Mark Esho, attended the presentation where the top three students presented their recommendations for the company via a video reel.
Hear from the winner
Natasha shares insights into what winning the award means to her, what inspires her about case teaching, the secrets to successful case teaching, and how the case method might evolve in the future.