Case Study Pedagogy – Studying Through Reading, Discussing And Analysing

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

– William Arthur Ward

And I was inspired right from the word go at IBS Pune. The excellent infrastructure at the new campus adds stimulus to creativity. Being located amongst renowned companies, a corporate atmosphere looms over the campus. Every faculty here is a “Dronacharya” and undoubtedly each year the school produces not just one but quite a few “Arjuns”, who are placed across the globe.

Most notable among the magnificent hallmarks of the institute is the case study pedagogy adopted here. It has left an indelible mark on my mind. The cases, an integral part of the teaching scheme differentiates it from other business schools. The cases are so perfectly designed that while writing the end semester exams I did not recollect the bookish words to frame my answers but drew from the extensively discussed case studies.

Every subject has interesting case studies for nearly every topic. Hence college never became a laborious activity. The daily schedule was lined with case studies from different trades. The case pedagogy requires lot of research work and hence we naturally and steadily developed a habit of analysing facts instead of mere mugging or learning by rote. The discussions brought out different points of views. Also IBS Pune is marked by diversity. Students from different parts of the country contribute unique dimensions and multiple points of view to the discussion. This enabled me to recognise, appreciate and respect differences and multiple points of view.

Finally, I am reminded of the lines by Benjamin Franklin:

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

Today I proudly admit that case study pedagogy at IBS campus engaged, engrossed and enabled me to learn the wonders of the world of management.

Contributed by Ameet Vishwas Phadnis (Batch 2015, IBS Pune)



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