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case study/discussion method

J. Kevin Ford and Deidre Wasson


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The case study/discussion training method is one in which trainees are given a written report of either an actual or a fictitious organization problem that they analyze individually or in small groups, devise a solution based on assumptions about resource, economic, and legal restraints, and develop an implementation plan ( Camp, Blanchard, and Huszczo, 1986 ). After the final solutions have been made, the large group reconvenes to a discussion led by the trainer about their solutions, the decision‐making process, and the effects of their interventions. Most importantly, trainees must receive feedback on their solution development to insure successful transfer of training ( Saal and Knight, 1988 ). Case studies offer a less costly alternative to simulations with often equal learning benefits ( Simmons, 1975 ). See also training ; training evaluation ( 1986 ). Toward a More Organizationally Effective Training Strategy and Practice . Englewood Cliffs, NJ : Prentice‐Hall . ( 1988 ). Industrial/Organizational Psychology . Pacific Grove, CA : Brooks/Cole . ( 1975 ). The case method in management training . In , Management Development and Training Handbook . London : McGraw‐Hill . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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