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Faculty Development Seminar at Doshisha Business School [February 6, 2013]

Faculty Development Seminar at Doshisha Business School


γ€€Ms. Etsu Inaba, Senior Advisor of IIST's Human Resource Development Department, was invited to the faculty development (FD) seminar at the Graduate School of Business of Doshisha University (Doshisha Business School), where efforts to promote effective use of the case method of instruction are being pursued. FD refers to various efforts made to improve the teaching content and methods of university faculty, so as to enhance the educational effects. Ms. Inaba discussed the topic on "The case method and case teaching in business schools" aiming to encourage participants to think about the role of the case method in business schools and see case teaching from a wide-ranging perspective.

Dates: February 6, 2013

Graduate School of Business, Doshisha University
Presentation Hall, 3F Kambaikan, Imadegawa Campus, Doshisha University

Ms. Etsu Inaba, Senior Adviser, Human Resource Development Department
Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)


The speaker started off the session by classifying cases, explaining the thinking behind the classification, differences of educational effect by each case type, and the general characteristics of cases depending on the case-supplying organization. Understanding the classification of cases and differences in educational effect is useful not only for selecting appropriate cases for lessons but also important when writing a case. On the topic of "use of cases in business schools", the speaker talked about the extent to which the case method is incorporated in business schools and its variation. In addition, she covered the topic on "conducting classes by the case method", as requested by the participants. Stressing the importance of orientation and sharing various points to note in leading a case discussion, the speaker clarified some of the important points in using case method of instruction in business schools. The points clarified included the variation whether the method is used in single lessons or in an entire course or in the school program as a whole and how the students' evaluation is conducted. On the topic of writing cases, the speaker focused her talk mainly on how to convert a case study to a case for discussion. When writing a case for discussion, it is important to narrow down the theme, arrange the content in chronological order and by related items, and remove the author's analysis. The speaker gave some other tips on case writing. Finally she spoke about the Case Center Japan, introducing its membership system, case search and purchase, case registration, and on training events. During the Q&A session, the participants asked about case analysis and case selection and everyone engaged in a lively discussion.

Scene from the seminar

Scene from the seminar

Human Resource Development Dept.

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