At the Lagos Business School, we use the case-study method to
facilitate learning. Cases enable students apply the concepts and skills
that the course is designed to teach, and integrate knowledge from
other courses and even life experiences. Each course uses on average
A case study is a real account of a problem or event in a given
organisation. It forms the basis for a class discussion that helps
students appreciate the problems and dilemmas managers face, and
decisions are taken.
Each student must therefore devote some time for personal study to
identify the key issues of the case and perform some analysis before the
class discussion. Groups are also constituted to enable students
parts of the case they find difficult before going into class. In
group meetings, they discuss the issues and the approach they will take
for addressing those issues. The group meetings also enable the student
problems and solutions from different perspectives, because members
have different educational and work backgrounds.
In the classroom, the lecturer is there to facilitate learning by
engaging students in discussions. Participation is crucial to this
learning process, and also constitutes one of the methods of assessment
that make up
the final grade. Students take responsibility for their learning and
cannot remain anonymous, as each one is drawn into the discussion.
In using reasoned arguments to support their claims and contest
those of other classmates, students sharpen vital communication,
analytical, and team-working skills. They also learn problem solving and
At the end, there is no right or wrong answer, only well thought out answers that show thorough analysis.