Use (and Misuse) of Business Case Studies

I am a huge fan of learning through cases, but I’ve also seen a lot of mis-learning through cases. In particular, learning through the presentation of business situations and discussion in order to uncover the many competing forces within a given decision is super helpful. The unique aspect of learning by the formal case method is captured in the discussion more than in the documented (and edited) history of a decision or any specific artifacts. Learning from anecdotes, wisdom of mentors, or stories collected in business books can be equally valuable so long as you approach them with some caution. All the approaches of learning from cases have some cautions worth considering.

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