NBS faculty, Ms. Katrina Simon-Agolory, was recently named a Fellow at The Case Centre. She is one of less than ten university faculty worldwide named as a 2016 fellow.
The honour brings with it a cash prize, registration at an expert-led, international case writing workshop of her choice, professional feedback on case writing, and an opportunity to be mentored by the world’s best case writers.
“There are few business case studies written about African companies in general and Namibian companies in particular,” explains Katrina Simon-Agolory. “For example, The Case Centre, which boasts the world’s largest collection of business case studies, has only three cases set in Namibia -- all of which were written by institutions in the United States or China about non-Namibians. This fact highlights that cases available to business schools in Namibia are overwhelmingly international, drawing on case research that may not be relevant to the national context in which our school and students functions.”
Ms. Simon-Agolory is very passionate about the case method. She spoke at length about the value of the case method during her graduate business programme at Columbia Business School (USA) which is consistently ranked (#6 in 2015) in the top business schools in the world by The Financial Times. “I want to ensure that every NBS student has the opportunity to be trained using the case method.”
Ms. Simon-Agolory’s supervisor for the fellowship is seasoned case writer Ms. Claire Beswick of Wits Business School (South Africa). In the business school arena, case writing is considered a form of research that can be published in journals. During the fellowship period, Ms. Simon-Agolory will write cases featuring Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’s (NBC) Digital Terrestrial Television project and the Government of Namibia’s performance management system. The cases will be copublished by Namibia Business School and Wits Business School.
For more information about The Case Centre visit http://www.thecasecentre.org/.