Case Study Method Training West

A threefold mission.

Led by Dr. Susan Harmeling, a Harvard-trained expert in innovative business curriculum design, the professionals at International Case Method Institute LLC (“ICMI”) are dedicated to a threefold mission.

First, we work to improve global business education, making it more effective, more interactive and more relevant to a changing international marketplace.

Second, we help a wide range of institutions to improve their own work through guided learning that challenges established processes and practices.

Finally, we develop tailored case studies and other interactive materials that play an important role in any institution’s arsenal of teaching tools. These materials can also help investors, donors and employees alike to evaluate the institution’s work from various points of view.

ICMI’s experienced team has provided top-quality service to a wide range of clients including Booz Allen Hamilton, Harvard Business School, McKinsey Consulting, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation and the Advisory Board Company.

Let us do the same for you.


The Case Study Method workshops are open to all Columbia faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

Program Description

Each workshop in the Case Method Workshop series focuses on a different aspect of case-based instruction.The topics range from basic introductions to designing a case-based course. Throughout the series, you are encouraged to draw on a powerful resource in our own community, the Case Consortium at Columbia University.

Workshops in this series include:

Introduction to Case Study Method
Ever wonder how case method can be used in your course? Case method is a proven, effective pedagogical technique for teaching in a variety of disciplines as it allows students an in-depth interaction with a specific topic or concept. It is useful for teaching not only concepts and content, but also for developing skills that will benefit students in the workforce, such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork. This workshop provides a basic understanding of the case method and how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning. By the end, you will be able to:

  • Define the case study method and list its benefits
  • Identify small and large scale case method activities
  • Explore a topic where teaching and learning will be enhanced by using the case method approach

Designing and Facilitating Case-Based Activities
You already know the benefits of employing the case study method in your courses: it’s evidence-based, interdisciplinary, and application-driven. Now you’re looking for support in the implementation process. This workshop provides that support. By the end, you will be able to:

  • Determine resources for case studies and activity types
  • Effectively facilitate a case study assignment, including:
    • Forming Groups
    • Facilitating Discussion
    • Assessing Learning
  •  Select and scaffold a case-based activity

Case Study Implementation Lab
Join a community of scholars interested in implementing case-based activities in their courses!
The Implementation Lab is an informal work session for building case-based teaching and learning materials. You are invited to bring and workshop drafts (or ideas!) about implementing the case study method in your courses! As you have lunch, you can share materials and work with other members of your case-study community, forming a Columbia University community of practice.

Related Programs and Services

Active Learning Institute
Interested in learning more about active, engaged pedagogies? Sign up for our Active Learning Institute.

Case Consortium at Columbia University
Looking for case study resources? Or interested in sharing your own case study with the Columbia community? Check out the Case Consortium at Columbia!


If you have questions about the case study method series, the Case Consortium at Columbia University, or would like to make an appointment to discuss incorporating the case study method into your classes, please contact us at

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