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The Effect of Case Characteristics on Student Performance in Business Education

The Effect of Case Characteristics on Student Performance in Business Education

Timothy L. Harper, Skidmore University, Barbara Norelli, Skidmore University, Mary E. Taber, United University Professions
May 21, 2024
SKU:
EDU-010007
Region: 
North America
Topic: 
Accounting & Finance, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics & Social Justice, Human Resources & Organizational Behavior, Information Systems, Marketing & Sales, Operations, Strategy & General Management
Length: 
17 pages
Keywords: 
case characteristics, Student Learning, Case Selection
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.74)
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Faculty using cases in the classroom want to find the best ways to engage students in critical thinking and problem-solving. Selecting cases to use is an important part of the process. This article helps faculty develop a better strategy as they select case studies to use in the classroom by examining data about student engagement. This represents a unique and creative method that might help faculty find better cases for their classes. The article investigates the relationship between case characteristics (i.e., the attributes of a written business case) and student team performance in an introductory, case-intensive business course with a high enrollment of first-year undergraduates. The study examined the relationship between average student team grade for individual business cases and the case's specific characteristics, including the focal company's financial performance and industry type. The findings suggest case characteristics influence student team performance. Case instructors and writers should carefully consider the individual case characteristics, including the focal company's performance and industry, when teaching and writing business cases, respectively.