Are all case studies useful?
According to Dr Agarwal, the question is whether educators are choosing the right case studies for the students and their local context. Without local context and a genuine sense of foundational understanding of an organisation’s culture, there can be a disconnect for the students. Educators can sometimes be attracted to using a multinational company like Apple as a case study. To students, Apple is a shiny beacon of interest, but 1st Year management students can’t necessarily relate Apple to a local management context.
Dr Agarwal explains, “the context of the PLOC structure can become lost due to this disconnect, and students struggle to work out which theory of management they should be using to analyse the case study. Lecturers help students understand a theoretical concept, and then analyse the case study using that concept. Using the right case studies makes a big difference to the students’ learning outcomes.”