Case Study Workshop Outline

The Case Centre's open workshop portfolio covers both general aspects of case writing and teaching and programmes for specialised situations, such as executive education or undergraduate. Workshops are held regularly at international locations and range in length from one-day introductory workshops to comprehensive three-day events. We also run workshops for teachers in sectors such as entrepreneurship and finance, which address the particular challenges of learning in specific areas.

View the current programme of open workshops

Case teaching

Using cases in the classroom can be one of the most effective and enjoyable teaching methods for participants and the instructor. We hold workshops for case teachers at all levels of experience. Participants represent many disciplines and come from academic, business, non-profit and public sectors.

Case teaching workshops aim to develop confidence and help teachers plan and select the best materials and approaches for their students or colleagues. Through a combination of theory, discussion and practical exercises, the workshops provide insight into the dynamics of the case method, suggest tools and techniques for managing the process in the classroom, and consider the needs of particular groups of students.

Case writing

Students demand ever more relevant and challenging materials and teachers often need to tailor cases to their classes. The ability to generate your own cases to use in the classroom can also greatly enhance your impact and enjoyment as a teacher. 

The Case Centre runs regular case writing workshops for both experienced and newer case writers and research assistants who write cases. The workshops aim to develop confidence in case writing, provide practical advice and help participants produce quality cases faster, with a more effective use of resources. Case writing workshops also cover the development of teaching notes and often include the opportunity to draft a case.


Our tutors include some of the world's most experienced teachers of the case method, several of whom have written books on the subject. All are experienced case authors. Tutors aim to deliver courses with a practical focus, while helping participants develop insight into their own case writing and teaching and master new techniques. View tutor biographies

Conference PDWs

We run professional development workshops (PDWs) on the case method at conferences all over the world. These free one or two-hour sessions are a great opportunity for conference delegates to gain fresh insights into case writing and teaching from one of our internationally respected case method tutors.

See our current PDW programme

For more information, please email us.

Comments from participants

"The workshop gave me an insight into the complexity of case teaching and working on cases with business people. The follow-on workshop was a particularly stimulating, hands-on three-day event."
Pat Pledger, Business English Training (BET), Hamburg, Germany

"I found the workshop very inspiring with many opportunities to learn from the very competent tutors and colleagues. The workshop helped me hone my case teaching skills to benefit my students and enhance my pleasure as a teacher. I strongly recommend other case teachers to invest some time in this workshop."
Stéphane Lhuillier, HEC Paris, France

"The workshop enabled me to gain practical insights and to better understand how to teach more effectively with case studies and I am sure that I will implement most of the methodologies in my classes. Spending three days with an international group of faculty, who teach a variety of business disciplines, provided a great opportunity to discuss solutions to various teaching challenges and hear different attitudes. Thank you to tThe Case Centre's Events Team for organising the accommodation and social dinners and creating a very pleasant and creative atmosphere where everyone could relax for a while, enjoy and make teaching the focus."
Michal Paserman, Webster University, Switzerland

Your contact at The Case Centre

If you would like to discuss any aspect of case method training please contact our Events Team.

November 2-3, 2017

Harvard University
(Longwood Campus)
Boston, MA

**Please click here to view the most recent versions of the methods papers.**


At this workshop, we discussed the draft methods papers and case studies and their initial recommendations, as well as next steps. The workshop program, which includes speaker biographies as well as the agenda, can be downloaded here. The papers build on our scoping report and will be used to develop guidance on conducting benefit-cost analysis. Please use the links below to download the workshop papers and slides and to view the workshop video.

The revised versions of the methods papers and case studies, which reflect the comments received during this workshop, will be posted here as they are completed.

We were very pleased to welcome special guests Lawrence H. Summers, who joined us for a conversation with Dean Jamison (video), and Sue J. Goldie.

Agenda, Papers, and Slides

Day 1

8:00-8:30: Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:00: Welcome and Introduction (video)

  • David Wilson (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) (slides)
  • Lisa A. Robinson (Harvard University, Center for Health Decision Science) (slides)

9:00-10:00: Valuing Mortality Risk Reductions (draft paper) (video) (Chair: Lynn Karoly, RAND)

  • Lead Authors: Lisa A. Robinson and James K. Hammitt* (Harvard University) (slides)
  • Discussants: Anna Alberini (University of Maryland) (slides), Maureen Cropper (University of Maryland) (slides)

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:15: Valuing Nonfatal Health Risk Reductions (draft paper) (video) (Chair: Peter Neumann, Tufts Medical Center)

  • Lead Authors: Lisa A. Robinson* and James K. Hammitt (Harvard University) (slides)
  • Discussants: Mark Dickie (University of Central Florida) (slides), Montarat Thavorncharoensap (Mahidol University) (slides)

11:15-12:15: Assessing Economy‐wide Effects (draft paper) (video) (Chair: David de Ferranti, Results for Development)

  • Lead Authors: Kenneth Strzepek* (MIT), Collins Amanya* (Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment) and James E. Neumann (Industrial Economics, Incorporated) (slides)
  • Discussants: Channing Arndt (International Food Policy Research Institute) (slides), Anil Deolalikar (University of California – Riverside) (slides)

12:15-1:30: Lunch

1:30-2:30: Assessing the Distribution of Impacts (draft paper) (video) (chair: Stéphane Verguet, Harvard T.H. Chan School)

  • Lead Authors: Lisa A. Robinson and James K. Hammitt* (Harvard University) with supplement by Matthew Adler (Duke University) (slides)
  • Discussants: Neal Fann (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) (slides), Sam Harper (McGill University) (slides)

2:30-3:30: Discounting Future Impacts (draft paper) (video) (chair: Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland)

  • Lead Author: Karl Claxton* (University of York) (slides)
  • Discussants: Miqdad Asaria (Independent Consultant, Delhi) (slides), Gernot Wagner (Harvard University) (slides)

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-5:15: Case Studies (video)(chair: Frederico Guanais, Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Education (draft paper) (Elina Pradhan and Dean Jamison*) (slides)
  • Stunting (draft paper) (Brad Wong* and Peter F. Orazem) (slides)
  • Discussants: Anil Deolalikar (University of California – Riverside) (slides), Lynn Karoly (RAND) (slides), Roger Perman (University of Strathclyde) (slides), George Psacharopoulos (Georgetown University) (slides)

5:15-5:30: Wrap-up

5:30-7:00: Reception with remarks from Sue Goldie

Day 2

8:00-8:30: Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:00: Welcome and Recap

9:00-10:00: A Conversation with Dean Jamison and Lawrence H. Summers(video)

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:15: Valuing Changes in Time Use (draft paper) (video) (chair: Brad Wong, Copenhagen Consensus Center)

  • Lead Authors: Dale Whittington* (University of North Carolina) and Joseph Cook (Washington State University) (slides)
  • Discussants: Abusaleh Shariff (US-India Policy Institute) (slides), James E. Neumann (Industrial Economics, Incorporated) (slides)

11:15-12:15: Valuing Protection against Health-Related Financial Risks (draft paper) (video) (chair: Michele Cecchini, OECD)

  • Lead Authors: Dean Jamison (University of California – San Francisco) and Jonathan Skinner* (Dartmouth College) (slides)
  • Discussants: Kalipso Chalkidou (Centre for Global Development, Imperial College London) (slides), Mark Shepard (Harvard University) (slides)

12:15-12:30: Wrap-up and Adjourn

*indicates paper presenter.


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