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Case Studies

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Teaching by case study was a method pioneered by C. Roland Christensen, a renowned professor at Harvard University who inaugurated the "case method" style of teaching, which has since been adopted by universities and professors spanning disciplines and the globe. Simply put, case studies are stories. Short or long, these stories are used to bring real-life scenarios into the classroom for students to analyze, debate, and examine using multiple perspectives. They can be based on actual events or on fictionalized—albeit realistic—ones. To learn more about teaching with case studies, visit the Case Method in Practice website, produced by Harvard Business School.

Case Studies from DePaul: DePaul Minicases

The Institute for Business and Professional Ethics (IBPE) at DePaul University created DePaul Minicases to help educators introduce students to ethical considerations applicable in today’s workplace. These short cases are designed for undergraduate audiences in business, ethics, law, and technology.

Why DePaul Minicases?

DePaul Minicases can be applied in any field of study or business industry, from the undergraduate level to MBA students. These case studies aim to address cutting-edge and timely issues that the current workforce is facing today–and in the future–that threaten not just privacy, but the future of work (e.g., facial recognition software, workplace privacy, paternity leave).

Unlike other case studies, these are concise and give recipients real-life perspective from industry professionals and provide information that is relevant to what employees, employers and business owners will face in the future workforce.

Learn more about DePaul Minicases