The use of problem based learning in teaching Responsible Enterprise at Masters level

The use of problem based learning in teaching Responsible Enterprise at Masters level

Charles Lovatt, University of St Andrews - Download slides here

The teaching of 'Responsible Management; is an important topic following the corporate excesses which have come to light in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. This paper will provide the background and pedagogic context for discussion of the effectiveness in the use of problem based case studies in 20 credit, core module Contemporary Conceptual Issues in Management. This team-taught module was first delivered AY 2011-12; Charles Lovatt (the current author) has been involved in the design and delivery of one element (contemporary case study) since the module was first taught. One required element of the module (30% of module grade) is a team prepared study of a contemporary case which students may select from a choice of four that has been selected by current author. The ‘case study method’ originated in Harvard and was widely adopted as part of many MBA programmes. There are many (including this author) who criticise 'case study method'. Henry Mintzberg stands out as a key figure in furthering this issue, with his no-holds barred critique of the US business school system (2004). The paper proposed will inform debate and seek critique on the technique of PBL in Responsible Management Education.