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Case Method Teaching Seminar: How classes are prepared for and conducted at Harvard Business School [June 26, 2008]

Case Method Teaching Seminar: How classes are prepared for and conducted at Harvard Business School


Outline


Case method of instruction originally started at HBS as a practical decision-making exercise, requires the instructor to possess sophisticated skills to guide the discussion. Director Emmons was invited from the C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning, the organization responsible in developing faculty on the techniques and know-hows needed in case method instruction at HBS, and a program was held based on teaching methods actually employed at HBS. The seminar presented an opportunity for instructors from universities, graduate schools, and training institutes to reflect on how they lead their own discussions.


Organizd by: Case Center Japan (IIST)
Dates: June 26(Thursday), 2008; 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Place: Auditorium, Academyhills 49, Roppoingi,
Discussion Leader & Lecturer: Willis M. Emmons, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration Director, C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning
Moderator: Haruo Takagi, Kounosuke Matsushita Chairship Professor of Leadership, Keio Business School


Overview


The seminar was modeled after classes held at HBS. During the morning session, participants played the role of students and enthusiastically contributed their opinions to the class discussion. The participants were able to observe various techniques the discussion leader used to solicit comments. During the group discussion over lunch, participants were seen eagerly exchanging remarks.
Turning the table around, the program continued with an afternoon session that concentrated on the instructor’s role of preparing and leading classes. Prof. Haruo Takagi from Keio Business School joined Dr. Emmons to address questions and issues from the audience concerning case method teaching in Japan. In-depth discussions were held on practical tactics.

There was an overwhelming response to the calls for participation in this seminar. Although originally 50 applicants were expected, in the end the program was modified to accommodate 80 participants. In a questionnaire conducted following the seminar that had a response rate exceeding 80%, over half the participants rated this seminar as being “extremely worthwhile,” while approximately half stated it “generally lived up to expectations.” Nearly all participants were satisfied with the content, and the seminar was concluded on a successful note.


PDF (126KB) Program


Dr. Willis Emmons, leading the discussion

Dr. Willis Emmons, leading the discussion

Q&A session

Q&A session


Opening remarks by Takato Ojimi, Vice President & Managing Director

Opening remarks by Takato Ojimi, Vice President & Managing Director

Prof. Haruo Takagi, moderator

Prof. Haruo Takagi, moderator


Opening remarks by Dr. Masako Egawa

Opening remarks by Dr. Masako Egawa

Master of ceremonies: Ms. Etsu Inaba, Director, Human Resource Development Dept.

Master of ceremonies: Ms. Etsu Inaba, Director, Human Resource Development Dept.




Human Resource Development Dept.

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