Case Writing Projects in Co-Operation with Companies and Organizations

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Lars Bengtsson, Carl-Johan Asplund
Title: Case Writing Projects in Co-Operation with Companies and Organizations
Journal: International Journal of Case Method Research & Application
Year: 2008
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Pagination: 387-397
ISSN: 1554-7752
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present the process and evaluation of case writing projects in co-operation with companies and organizations in a course for engineering students. The case writing projects could provide an illustration and example framework for working with companies in constructing cases. Normally cases are constructed for teaching purposes in higher education. However, in order to get closer co-operation and more interest from the companies the authors encouraged the students and the companies to construct cases on issues that the companies felt were especially relevant for them. Drawing on previous research on case writing in teaching case writing projects were set up. The companies who worked closely with the students were very satisfied with both the case writing process and the final cases. These companies expressed several benefits like getting a good public reputation, getting an analysis by a third party, a free look on possible future employees, maintaining good relations with higher education and also getting material for internal development purposes. The companies that had a more distant relationship to the projects or were the process had been problematic had a more critical view of the process and outcome. They saw few benefits with the case writing projects besides maintaining a good image.
Subject: Education\General
Business Administration\Information
Keywords: Case writing, companies, co-operation, relationships between universities and industry