The Case for Case-based Learning

Cases are an interesting learning opportunity. They allow aspiring practitioners, such as university students, to develop basic business intuition and skills. They ask “What would you do?”, thereby transforming the individual student into the protagonist of complex business situations which require prompt decision making. They build leadership and team-working skills by forcing the student to interact with other students while analyzing the consequences of managerial decision making. They prepare students for action by placing students in the center of complex situations faced by managers.



Develop Basic Business Intuition and Skills

  • Learn how to develop and defend important decisions when facing uncertainty


  • Acquire an increased capacity for strategic thinking


Answer What Would I Do?

  • Force yourself to assess the situation, analyze the facts, and arrive at a solution


  • Assume the role of the protagonist and answer the question: “What would I do?”


Practice Business Leadership

  • Practice fundamental leadership skills among your peers


  • Learn how to analyze complex data, anticipate consequences, and plan your next action


Prepare For Action

  • Apply what you learn at Aarhus University to real-life situations


  • Discriminate information from noise


  • Persuade others to trust your analysis and decisions


Want to learn more about the case method, visit Harvard Business School’s page on participant-centered learning and the case method (link).

Interested in the history of case-based learning, then take a look at:

D.A. Garvin, “Making the Case: Professional Education for the World of Practice,” Harvard Magazine, vol. 85, pp. 56–65.