Case Study Training Method

Case Studies try to simulate decision making situation that trainees may find at their work place. It reflects the situations and complex problems faced by managers, staff, HR, CEO, etc. The objective of the case study method is to get trainees to apply known concepts and ideologies and ascertain new ones. The case study method emphasize on approach to see a particular problem rather than a solution. Their solutions are not as important as the understanding of advantages and disadvantages.

Procedure of the Case Study Method

  • The trainee is given with some written material, and the some complex situations of a real or imaginary organization. A case study may range from 50 to 200 pages depending upon the problem of the organization.
  • A series of questions usually appears at the end of the case study.
  • The longer case studies provide enough of the information to be examined while the shorter ones require the trainee to explore and conduct research to gather appropriate amount of information.
  • The trainee then makes certain judgment and opines about the case by identifying and giving possible solutions to the problem.
  • In between trainees are given time to digest the information. If there is enough time left, they are also allowed to collect relevant information that supports their solution.
  • Once the individuals reach the solution of a problem, they meet in small groups to discuss the options, solutions generated.
  • Then, the trainee meets with the trainer, who further discusses the case.
  • Case Study method focuses on:

    • Building decision making skills
    • Assessing and developing Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs)
    • Developing communication and interpersonal skills
    • Developing management skills
    • Developing procedural and strategic knowledge