The Nordic Case House (NCH) is a new strategic initiative aimed at promoting case development, publishing and teaching.  We are a dedicated team of four within Teaching & Learning and located at Porcelænshaven 26.

The team consists of Janie Huus Tange, Caroline Krzton, Lavinia-Cristina Iosif-Lazar and Martiina M. Srkoc who bring knowledge on case development and publishing, case-based teaching, case competitions and business collaboration.

We assist faculty with case development and help bring cases to top-tier publishing house levels. We provide “how-to” guides on, among other things, how to teach with cases in-class and online. We also offer matchmaking opportunities for faculty and business. This includes matchmaking with well-established market leaders as well as small and medium sized enterprises.

We currently have a broad range of projects within case development, for example, cases for the free PRME collection, cases as master’s degree dissertations and Responsibility Day case development. In addition, we engage in various training and development projects for students such as the redesign of Responsibility Day, the launch of CHANGE’21 development programme and the CBS/DTU student collaboration project.     

If you are interested in hearing more about the NCH and what we can offer, please contact case@cbs.dk or us directly.

Information, inspiration and guides from Nordic Case House:

How to teach a case

The case-based teaching method is a common teaching method in business education around the world. It is particularly well rooted in the North American teaching tradition and often associated with Harvard University – pioneers of the case method and a leading case publisher. The method combines two elements: the case itself and the teaching of the case. In the following, you can find inspiration on how to teach a case and further down you can read more about how to develop a case.

A teaching case is a story designed to put practice into conversation with theory. Typically, it describes a situation in an organisation where a decision has to be made about a particular dilemma, problem or opportunity. To make the story interesting it often includes a dramatic element described from a protagonist’s point of view – the CEO or another senior person in the organisation. A teaching case is not a “case study” of the type used in academic research. Teaching cases provide information, but neither analysis nor conclusions. A good teaching case supports multiple possible answers and learning objectives.

The analytical work of a case typically centers around four student tasks:

1) Recognize and explain the issue(s)
2) Identify and evaluate options
3) Propose and argue for a possible solution
4) Predict the effects of the actions

The role of the teacher is to facilitate a discussion and thus encourage the students to analyze and reflect on the issue(s) from a protagonist, stakeholders or consultant’s point of view. A case class could also involve interactive elements like role-plays, presentations or case competitions.

Regardless of the form teaching with cases is a great way to engage students in class and stimulate experience-based learning. Cases challenge students to work on real life problems that are complex and ambiguous. The problems force students to use their skills in finding and using evidence, choosing which concepts, theories and methods are relevant, and ignoring irrelevant information.

Reach out to Caroline Risager Krzton ck.tl@cbs.dk or 21201013 for further guidance and support. NCH are happy to help in your search for cases or assist with your case teaching plan. The Harvard Method is not the only way to teach a case and we encourage you to find your own best practices.

Three tips to get started with case teaching: 

#1 Read the “The Case Study Handbook – A Student’s Guide”
William Ellet’s book introduces the reader to the use of case studies in management education, including how you can read, discuss, and write persuasively about cases.

#2 Attend a case-based teaching course
Learn the basics of case teaching or challenge your current case practice in the case-based teaching course by T&L. Sign up via the Course Catalogue.

#3 Use the Classic Case Collection
Find your next teaching case in the Case Centre’s Classic Case Collection with the top ten best-sellers in each subject category and the free case category.

How to develop a case

One of CBS’ strategic initiatives is to expand the development and use of quality cases for teaching. As such, The Nordic Case House wishes to build on this initiative by supporting the development of teaching cases through sparring, information, useful guidelines and links as well as possibilities for student assistant support. We would particularly like to inspire and encourage cases seen through a Nordic lens that is cases with the innovation, tradition, values and culture common to the Nordic region. This, however, should not imply cases based on Nordic industries and businesses but rather developing cases both locally and globally that embrace a Nordic perspective.

Traditionally case development has been in the form of written cases but, cases in reality come in a multitude of forms – desk-top, real-life, multimedia, just to name a few. As the Nordic Case House is a Teaching & Learning initiative, we are able to draw on our talented colleagues for assistance with less traditional case formats such a video cases.

Typical stages of case development are:

  1. Planning – meet with organisation and agree on theme, deliverable etc.
  2. Data collection – Desktop research, conduct interviews with main protagonist(s), other relevant stakeholders, desktop research, financial information etc.
  3. Writing– Prepare first draft, get feedback from the organization, incorporate feedback in draft two and get further feedback from the organization. Do final edits
  4. Approval – Final organization release, peer feedback

Typically, cases range from 7 to 15 pages.

It is also possible to use one of our team as a co-author or as a source of sparring for content, style, inspiration and the like.

If you would like further information on case development, please contact Martiina M Srkoc mmms.tl@cbs.dk or 38154278. 

How to publish a case

For a teaching case to be used as widely as possible and reach a diverse audience, case authors may choose to publish the case on online platforms. Some of the most used platforms are Harvard Business School Publishing, The Case Centre and Ivey Publishing. Specific academic journals such as The Journal of Information Technology also host a dedicated section to field specific teaching cases. The Nordic Case House assists case authors with publishing the case on their preferred platform by making sure all requirements and practical details are in place and thus facilitating this process for the case author(s). Case author(s) may also receive financial support from The Nordic Case House for activities related to case development and publishing.

When publishing a teaching case, the case author(s) would need to give careful consideration to:

  • Selecting the right outlet for their teaching case
  • Verifying the requirements for the selected outlet
  • Testing the case (should the outlet require it)
  • Having the case proof-read

We also believe that there are many cases written by faculty that are currently not published and only used by the author themselves. We would like to help you get your cases off the desk and into reputable publishing houses in order to:

  • Formalize your case teaching
  • Allow other faculty at CBS access your case to use in their teaching
  • Allow greater access both nationally and internationally to your case for teaching

Throughout the ongoing dialogue with the Nordic Case House, the case author(s) will receive personalized guidance and assistance that best suits the publication aims for their specific teaching cases.

Contact Lavinia-Cristina losif-Lazar li.tl@cbs.dk or 38153123 if you need support for the case publication process or if you would like to publish a case on the PRME Free Case Collection.

Our projects

In order to optimise CBS case library and increase the number of cases produced and taught at CBS, the Nordic Case House regularly gets involved in projects at CBS where cases, students, companies and teachers meet in a shared goal: To accelerate action-based learning.

Below is a few examples of our 2021 initiatives:

Brandathon
The Department of Marketing at CBS and Copenhagen Business Hub hosts an annual brandathon for marketing students. The Brandathon brings together future branding and marketing talents and selected case companies to unleash the brand potential of the case companies.

The focus is on SMEs. To participate a case company needs to:

  1. Be less than 249 employees
  2. Be globally active (or wish to be)
  3. Be brand focused (or want to be)
  4. Bring a case with a social/environmental profile in one way or another (possibly corresponding to the UN Sustainable Development Goals).

The Brandathon is a 2-day hackathon style event where students work on a company case and present a solution. During this event, students will be working in groups to hack companies’ brands and develop a brand strategy. The workshop will be divided into 5 stages where we will round off with presentations for each case company. Four groups will be selected to attend the final, where they will present their solution to a jury and the other groups.

The NCH is engaged to support the production of distributable cases for future publishing and teaching from the participating companies.

The Brandathon takes place in May 2021

The Bowline Project
The Bowline project is a group of restaurateurs, chefs and scholars primarily in Copenhagen that work together to share knowledge and collaborate to respond to current and future challenges (related but not limited to Covid-19). One of the potential outcomes of this project is to create education material that can be used both within and beyond the food/hospitality industry.

In collaboration with The Department of Management, Politics and Philospphy (MPP) the NCH has engaged as co-advisors for approximately 11 students from MSc.SOL for their master’s thesis within the following areas:

  • Restaurant Crisis Management in the Face of Crises
  • Leadership Development in the Culinary Industry
  • Leadership and Logistical Challenges in the CONNECT Project
  • Leadership and Cultural Dynamics of Gender Norms in Restaurants
  • Cross Cultural Study of Leadership Dynamics in Top Tier Restaurants Pre & Post Pandemic

The NCH is engaged in this project in the hope that some or all of the theses can be developed afterwards and published.

CHANGE’21
In 2021 CBS – together with Deloitte – launches a new extracurricular programme which will challenge 64 students, companies and academics and build on all the tools that are needed to navigate in world of constant change.

The programme runs over 7 weeks – every week a new challenge where students will learn about

  • Personal competencies – the good and the bad – and how to work in teams
  • Professional tools to manage change, come up with innovative and sustainable solutions relating to green and digital transition.
  • How to engage in networks to solve the biggest issues we are all facing

Part of the programme is to invite companies into the sessions to share their challenges and the students to discuss possible paths, solutions and discussions. The goal for The NCH is to capture some of these discussions and prepare teaching cases that can be used by educators in the future.

The project runs until December 2023.

For more information or ideas for future collaborations reach out to Janie Huus Tange jht.tl@cbs.dk or 27622009.

Our services

Our services can be divided into two areas:

  • Support and guidance
    We assist with sparring, links, guides, training and subsidies for case development and case teaching projects. More specifically we help you:

    – publish your case
    – plan your case teaching
    – get started on case writing
    – find relevant cases

  • Project collaborations
    We actively engage in case collaborations with teachers, students and companies with the purpose of enhancing case development and case teaching. More specifically we collaborate on:

    – Mini case competitions in class
    – Case development collaboration between faculty/students and companies
    – Case training for students

Links to case databases

The current case collections can be viewed here:

CBS PRME Free Case Collection

The Case Centre
The Case Centre is a European-based centre promoting the use of the case method in management education. It offers a large collection of management study materials including over 46,000 teaching cases from around the world.

Harvard Business School Publishing
Harvard Business School Publishing offers a wide range of resources on teaching for both teachers and students. A large part of their website is dedicated to the case method.

Ivey Publishing
Ivey Publishing provides business case studies with a global perspective and has over 8,000 products in its collection, adding more than 350 classroom-tested case studies each year. Almost all Ivey cases have teaching notes.