Workshop on Case Methods of Teaching

                                                                Faculty Workshop:

                                                    ‘The Case Method of Teaching’
                                                                George W. Kester

                                                      Visiting Professor of Finance

                                            Department of Accountancy and Finance
                                             National University of Ireland, Galway


                                                     Martel Professor of Finance

                                  Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics
                                                    Washington and Lee University
                                                         Lexington, Virginia U.S.A.


                                                            Workshop Objective

 To provide hands-on introduction to the case method of teaching, including its benefits and   limitations, and various approaches to integrating cases into business courses.


                                                              When and Where

 The workshop will be held on Friday, November 27th from 10am to 12pm in Room 118 at the Cairnes Building, NUI, Galway.  Attendance is free.



 This workshop designed is for anyone interested in learning more about the case method of teaching.   To gain insight into the benefits of this pedagogical technique from the perspective of students, workshop participants are asked to read a classic Harvard Business School case, The O.M. Scott & Sons Company prior to the workshop and, during the workshop, discuss their analysis and recommendations.  The workshop is not business discipline-specific.  The O.M. Scott & Sons case can be successfully taught in a variety of business courses, including strategic management, marketing, accounting, and finance.

 The O.M. Scott & Sons case can be picked up from Laura Regan, room 368 in the Cairnes Building.  It can also be mailed to workshop participants outside of NUI, Galway.  Call (091-492308) or email Laura Regan ( for a copy.


                                                            Workshop Outline


·        Introduction

·        Case Discussion:  The O.M. Scott & Sons Company

·        Cases versus Lectures

·        Benefits & Limitations of Cases

·        Case Sequencing and Teaching Styles

·        An Approach to Integrating Cases and Lectures

·        A Group Project Approach to Teaching Cases

·        NUI Student Views of the Case Method: Survey Results


                                                             Workshop Leader

                                                    Professor George W. Kester


George Kester is the Martel Professor of Finance at Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Virginia, U.S.A.).  He formerly held the William H. Dunkak Chair in Finance at Bucknell University in the U.S.  During the summer months, he teaches postgraduate case courses in corporate finance in Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana and in Australia at the University of Melbourne.  He has also held visiting professorships at the National University of Singapore, University of Malaya, University of the South Pacific, and Monash South Africa.  During the first semester of 2009-10, he is a visiting professor at NUI, Galway.

He was previously president of Financial Analysis Systems, Inc., a financial consulting and computer software company.  He has also been a marketing representative with The Service Bureau Company and held various positions in credit analysis and commercial lending with First Union National Bank, where his responsibilities included managing the bank’s financial consulting services to its corporate customers.

An active seminar leader, Professor Kester has conducted numerous executive seminars and management development programs.  He is a member of the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending and annually leads executive seminars sponsored by the Singapore Institute of Management and the University of Ljubljana Centre for Management Development and Training.  He has also led management development programs for the Jakarta Stock Exchange, Monash South Africa, Bank Austria Creditanstalt, UniCredit Group, Singapore Airlines, and other organizations.

He has published two books and numerous articles published in academic and professional journals.  He is an associate editor of the Asian Journal of Business and Accounting and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Financial Education and Advances in Financial Education.

Professor Kester received his B.B.A. from Wake Forest University, his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and his D.B.A. from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.