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Case method books

To help you find out more about the case method we stock and list a number of books. If you would like more of a taster we also distribute a range of articles.

Teaching & Writing Cases: A Practical Guide

Teaching and Writing Case Studies: A practical guide
by John Heath
published by The Case Centre
Price: £9.95/€13.95/$15.00 (print version), £8.00/€11.00/$12.00 (digital version)
ISBN: 978-0-907815-04-4
The case method remains the preferred teaching method at business schools across the world, constantly adapting and evolving to exploit emerging technologies and meet students' changing expectations. This practical, easy-to-read manual explains the benefits of learning with the case method and offers step-by-step guides to both case teaching and writing. Aimed at those who are new to the case method as well as more experienced practitioners, this is an indispensable guide to the central elements of successful case teaching and writing, including the effective use of multimedia and online technologies. Part one explores case teaching techniques and takes readers through a typical case discussion clearly illustrating how to guide students towards key learning objectives. The nature of learning and teaching is discussed as well as types of cases, and the various ways they can be used. Part two describes the case writing process, offering guidance on both field and desk research, how to structure a case, teaching notes, and case release procedures. Practical case writing exercises are included.

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Teaching and the Case Method

Teaching and the Case Method
Third edition
by Louis B. Barnes, C. Roland Chistensen and Abby J. Hansen
published by Harvard Business School Press
Price: £27/€35
ISBN: 0-87584-403-0
A book for teachers, it delves into the special role of teacher and students in the case method learning process. Schools that want to use the case method more effectively can use this book to teach groups of faculty how to apply case method techniques. For the first time, too, a book about case method teaching attempts to show how the method can be applied in a liberal arts setting. A liberal arts module in the book presents an innovative program for instructors who want to experiment with discussion teaching in traditional arts and science areas. The book focuses on a wide range of knotty problems faced by most instructors, experienced or new, creating an opportunity for them to learn from each other. Its main purpose is to provide a rich opportunity for both professional school and liberal arts instructors to develop their own discussion leadership skills, and to further the process of learning for both themselves and their students.

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Teaching with Cases: A Practical Guide

Teaching and Writing Case Studies: A practical guide
by Espen Andersen and Bill Schiano
published by Harvard Business Review Press (2014)
Price: £16/€22.40
ISBN: 978-1-62527-626-1
Case method teaching immerses students in realistic business situations - which include incomplete information, time constraints, and conflicting goals. The class discussion inherent in case teaching is well known for stimulating the development of students' critical thinking skills, yet instructors often need guidance on managing that class discussion to maximize learning. 'Teaching with Cases' focuses on practical advice for instructors that can be easily implemented. It covers how to plan a course, how to teach it, and how to evaluate it. The book is organized by the three elements required for a great case-based course: 1) advance planning by the instructor, including implementation of a student contract; 2) how to make leading a vibrant case discussion easier and more systematic; and 3) planning for student evaluation after the course is complete. Teaching with Cases is ideal for anyone interested in case teaching, whether basing an entire course on cases, using cases as a supplement, or simply using discussion facilitation techniques.

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Teaching with Cases

Teaching with Cases
Third edition
by James A Erskine, Michiel R Leenders and Louise A Mauffette-Leenders
published and distributed by Leenders and Associates Inc.
ISBN: 0-7714-2419-1

This book is written for those interested in participative learning. It is designed to make life easier for all new case teachers and to expand the horizons of those more seasoned. Coverage includes preparation for class using the case teaching plan, classroom management, evaluation of student contributions to class discussions, case use variations and case use in a non-case environment. Teaching with Cases is accompanied by a complimentary copy of the authors' highly successful book, Learning with Cases. This latter book is written primarily for students and provides them with a number of tools to analyze case studies, including the case difficulty cube, the three stage learning process, the short and long cycle case preparation process and the case preparation chart.

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The Case Study Companion: Teaching, Learning and Writing Business Case Studies

The Case Study Companion: Teaching, Learning and Writing Business Case Studies
by Scott Andrews
published and distributed by Routledge
ISBN: 9780367426965

The Case Study method of teaching and learning, adopted by business schools and management centres globally, provides an important function in management education, but employing it effectively can often be a challenge. This book provides practical insights, tools and approaches for both case teaching and writing, drawing on perspectives from expert practitioners around the world.

This book aims to critically examine different approaches to using case studies in group-based, participant-centred learning environments, exploring good practices for case teaching and learning. It provides guidance for case writers on various approaches to structuring case data, presentational formats, and the use of technology in the construction of different types of cases. It also demonstrates the use of the case method as a tool for assessment, supporting students’ own development of cases to showcase good practice in organisations. The final section of this book showcases some of the resources available, providing links and reviews of additional material that can support future case teaching and writing practice, including publication.

The Case Study Companion is designed for lecturers using cases within their teaching across all management disciplines, as well as those training for Professional Development and Management Education qualifications. It will also be useful for postgraduate, MBA and Executive Education students wanting to make the most of case studies in their learning and assessments.

Foreword by Richard McCracken, Director of The Case Centre.

This item is not available from The Case Centre but can be ordered from Routledge.

The Case Writing Workbook: A Self-Guided Workshop

The Case Writing Workbook
by Gina Vega
published by ME Sharpe (2013)
Price: £24.50/€28.50
ISBN: 9780765635495
This readable, practical workbook provides technical assistance and concrete advice for researching, writing, and teaching with cases. The exercises and worksheets encourage skills practice and serve as a handy and affordable workshop alternative for both novice and experienced case writers. Nine stand-alone chapters and 75 exercise worksheets guide case authors through the entire case writing process from research through publication. Special topics, such as teaching students to write cases, learning how to review for others, and collaborative writing techniques add to the volume's usefulness and will hold the attention of readers. The book is written in a to-the-point engaging manner and avoids academic jargon, acronyms, and 'inside' terminology. The book can be used as a stand-alone volume, or it can be used in concert with one of the existing case writing guides.

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Writing Cases

Writing Cases
Fourth edition
by Michiel R Leenders, James A Erskine and Louise A Mauffette-Leenders
published and distributed by Leenders and Associates Inc.
ISBN: 0-7714-2270-9  

The fourth edition of this best seller sets a new milestone on how to write good cases quickly. Case writing is identified as a three-phase process, and the book guides the reader through each phase. New ideas in this edition include the Case Origin Grid, The Case Shopping List, action triggers, and the story line and decision frame cuts. Another addition is the class testing of the new case. The development of the Case Plan with its five components remains as the central planning tool for effective case development All of the material contained in this text has been fully tested in over 35 countries on all continents with thousands of workshop participants from many disciplines. The new case writer who follows faithfully the three-phase process of case writing advocated in this text can produce good cases fast. This book is accompanied by a complimentary copy of the book, Learning with Cases, because cases are written to help students learn. Also, the serious case writer should be fully familiar with a third book, Teaching with Cases.

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Learning with Cases

Learning with Cases
by Louise A Mauffette-Leenders, James A Erskine and Michiel R Leenders
published and distributed by Leenders and Associates Inc.
English version (Fourth edition) ISBN: 978-0-7714-2584-4
French version ISBN: 0-7714-2496-5
Spanish version ISBN: 978-0-7714-2536-8

This book is a concise handbook written specifically for students to enhance their learning with cases. Numerous and helpful suggestions cover the complete case learning process including individual reading and preparation, small group discussion, large group (classroom) discussion, making case presentations and writing case exams and reports. Learning with Cases introduces the case difficulty cube and the three stage learning process from a student perspective. Students can prepare faster and be more effective and confident by completing the short cycle process, the long cycle process and the case preparation chart. Other suggestions include how students can maximize the benefits of small group discussion and improve their classroom contributions. This book is the only one to provide a complete, practical and proven process for learning with cases that students can apply to any case assignment.

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The Case Study Handbook: How to Read, Discuss and Write Persuasively About Cases

The Case Study Handbook
by William Ellet
published by Harvard Business Publishing
Price: £18/€23.50
ISBN: 978-1-4221-0158-2
If you're enrolled in an MBA or executive education program, you've probably encountered a powerful learning tool: the business case. But if you're like many people, you may find interpreting and writing about cases mystifying, challenging, or downright frustrating. In 'The Case Study Handbook', William Ellet presents a potent new approach for analyzing, discussing, and writing about cases. Early chapters show how to classify cases according to the analytical task they require (solving a problem, making a decision, or forming an evaluation) and quickly establish a base of knowledge about a case. Strategies and templates, in addition to several sample Harvard Business School cases, help you apply the author's framework. Later in the book, Ellet shows how to write persuasive case-analytical essays based on the process laid out earlier. Extensive examples of effective and ineffective writing further reinforce your learning. The book also includes a chapter on how to talk about cases more effectively in class. Any current or prospective MBA or executive education student needs to read this book.

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These short, practical workshops cover topics such as:
  • what is a case and why use cases?
  • course planning using cases
  • preparing to lead a case class
  • managing the classroom process
  • the case writing process
  • developing a teaching note

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