ERIC Number: ED373705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Improving the Effectiveness of Professional Education: Learning Managerial Accounting via a Complex Case.
Carter, Melissa; And Others
To give students more experience with real situations, many professional schools use case studies in their courses. Creating complex cases, case experiences that immerse students in complex problems, rather than mere case studies that require armchair analysis should help students gain better and more integrated knowledge. Designing, implementing, and learning from complex cases are examined; and an example of a complex case is described. Through complex cases, students should increase their experience with, and ability to see the interconnectedness of, concepts and examples. A professor at the School of Business at Indiana University developed the Automotive Armature (AA) case about a manufacturing company experiencing a variety of financial difficulties and operational problems. AA did not present information in a distilled and neatly organized manner but was designed to be highly authentic. Experiences of 250 students in and MBA (Master of Business Administration) program illustrate the usefulness of the complex case and the favorable reaction of students. Professors generally reacted favorably to the exercise, offering suggestions for improvement, especially in integrating recommendations. (Contains 18 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Dow Chemical Corp., Midland, MI.; Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A