By DAILY NEWS Reporter, 22nd December 2011 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 3517
MZUMBE University would soon establish a development centre with a view of facilitating teaching in business and management through case method.
This was announced at the end of a workshop on management case development, writing and teaching that was held at the Dar es Salaam Campus College of Mzumbe University over the weekend.
“Cases produced by the workshop participants would mark the beginning of this establishment,” the Principal of the Dar es Salaam Campus, Prof Andrew Mbwambo said.
The workshop was mainly aimed at developing skills regarding how to synchronize the case method of teaching among the participating business and management educators.
Pioneered by Harvard Business School, case method of teaching has been adopted by the leading business schools of the world as main pedagogical tool.
Prof Mbwambo said that most of the leading business schools like Wharton (USA), Richard Ivey (Canada) and IESE (Spain) have established their own case development centre to support the teaching in business and management through case method.
One of the facilitators, Prof Shiv Tripathi from Mzumbe University said that apart from few selected institutions, Africa significantly lack in the effective adoption of the case-method.
“Unavailability of the good quality cases, suited to the African context, has been recognized as one of the primary reasons behind this situation,” Prof Tripathi said.
He said, looking at this need, Mzumbe University has taken lead in initiating this process in the Eastern Africa with the support from the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), UK.
The main facilitator, a globally renowned case writer and educator Prof Wolfgang Amann, from the Goethe Business School, Frankfurt University, Germany, said that cases now play a central role in management education.
“With better management education, we hope to get better managers who will be able to implement strategies more successfully,” Prof Amann said.
The workshop was co-ordinated by Prof Tripathi, while the organization was facilitated by Prof Mbwambo and supported by Dr Joseph Kimeme, Dean, School of Business, Mzumbe University.
Also available was another facilitator, Prof Ajai Prakash, from Business School, KCAU, Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop which had about 15 sessions adopted mix of pedagogical tools including live cases, writing sessions, management games and participatory discussions.
The 18 participants from the Mzumbe, Dar es Salaam and Mbeya campuses of Mzumbe University participated for strengthening their case writing and teaching skills.
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