Case method

Working with case studies

During their twenty-one months in the EMScom program, participants will study and prepare over a hundred cases. As in most business schools, business cases are a teaching tool utilized by EMScom faculty to enhance the learning experience of participants. It gives executive students the opportunity to apply theoretical learning, situation analysis, and decision-making skills in a safe classroom environment – however, the casework is nothing short of intense.

When participants are presented with a case, they place themselves in the role of the decision-maker as they read through the situation and identify the problem they are faced with. The next step is to perform the necessary analysis by examining the causes, considering the alternative courses of action, and reaching a set of recommendations.

To get the most out of the cases, participants must first read and reflect on the case individually, and then meet in learning teams before the class discussion to "warm up" and debate their findings with other classmates. In class, under the questioning and guidance of the professor, participants will probe the underlying issues addressed in the case, compare different alternatives, and finally, suggest courses of action in light of the organization's objectives.

As the case study unfolds in class, participants will often do 85 percent of the talking, with the professor steering the conversation by making occasional observations and asking questions. This classroom interaction is enriched by classmates from diverse industries, functions, and countries, and executive participants often find themselves surprised not only by the lecture itself, but from the exchange of ideas with their classmates.