The ACID test: An extension of the case method

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Vidyaranya B. Gargeya, Professor and Department Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The case methodology for the purposes of instruction was first initiated by Christopher Langdell at the Harvard University Law School around 1870 (Osigweh, 1989). The Harvard Business school adopted this approach in the early 1920s, thanks largely to the pioneering works of Wallace B. Donham (Copeland, 1954; Donham, 1949). Since that time, it has become a very popular vehicle in imparting knowledge in business schools across the country. With particular reference to courses in operations management, Bandyopadhyay (1994) made a strong recommendation for a greater emphasis on using the case approach as opposed to the conventional lecture method. Osigweh (1989) has enumerated many major sets of appeals for the case approach over the conventional methods of teaching. The case methodology focuses on “doing” in a classroom setting as a way to improve skill (including verbal and written communication) development. It possesses an illustrative quality; exposes learners to a wide range of true-to-life management problems; enables the learners to explore the situation and listen to one another’s views without directly confronting the actual, sensitive issues; and inspires interest in otherwise theoretical and abstract training material.

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Language: English
Date: 2005
case methodology, business schools, skill development, ACID Test

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