A teaching case is a rich description of a real-life management situation for the purpose of generating specific learning outcomes in students, such as, notably, the development of judgment and critical thinking skills.
Cases studies in management are most often in the form of a written text (varying in length from as little as 2 to as many as 50 pages!). Multimedia cases combining text, audio, video, web, etc. are becoming increasingly common.
The first criterion of a good case is that it arouses the curiosity, interest and engagement of the reader – in this case, the student. A “good” case generates two effects: you want to read it to the end and you want to discuss it afterward.
The HEC Montréal Case Centre Catalogue and the International Journal of Case Studies in Management accept the following types of case:
The teaching notes that accompany a case study serve four complementary objectives:
A Guide for Writing Teaching Notes for Decision-Based Cases aims to provide beginner case writers with general guidelines for drafting teaching notes for decision-based cases. In particular, it allows authors to rapidly evaluate the time needed to prepare the notes, how to begin the writing process, and how to structure the required information.