Business education and the (re)production of textbooks in practice

The use of case studies in management education is well understood. Case studies provide a vehicle for students to learn about the actual experience of real organisations, and for applying models and frameworks derived from academic research. I have been using case-studies in my Knowledge Management teaching at both PG and UG levels for some time now as an indispensable way for students to learn about knowledge management (KM) in organisations in practice. However, these have been largely sourced from already published sources, apart from the few I have been able to write myself. It is an interesting proposition that case-studies which one has personally researched are likely to be better directed to the learning outcomes of ones own teaching; whereas case-studies which have been researched and written for third party use will tend to constrain one’s teaching to only the learning outcomes that the case is able to illustrate. It is therefore an important objective in my teaching to develop a series of teaching cases which have been personally researched and written to support the learning objectives of my Knowledge Management teaching. As well as providing a rich resource for KM teaching, and enhancing the student learning experience, these experiences will then enable me to engage further with the pedagogical issue over the use of case-studies in management education.


Dr Matthew Hall

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