Implementation of the Harvard case method through a plan-do-check-act framework in a university course

Ruey S. Shieh, Jung Lyu, Yun Yao Cheng

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Abstract

In 2005, the Harvard Business School began to promote the Harvard case method (HCM) within the Asian region. Because of differences in classroom culture between Asian and Western countries, Asian participants' reaction to the HCM implementation is of interest. This study explores how the western initiated method was implemented in one of the Asian areas, Taiwan, and how the participants perceived the instructional approach. The plan-do-check-act (PDCA) concept was adopted to implement the case method. The data collection consisted of surveys, interviews and class observations. The study results indicate that both the instructors and students showed rather positive attitudes toward HCM. Although obstacles are yet to be overcome, disseminating the case method in higher education in Taiwan appears promising. To more effectively implement HCM, a suggested PDCA framework is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-160
Number of pages12
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 1

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  • Education

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