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2015 SMLP Participants Introduced to Case Study Methodology

  Feb 20, 2015

The Senior Management Leadership Program (SMLP) is a program designed by Strathmore Business School (SBS) to offer a comprehensive transformational learning experience that prepares senior executives to assume responsibilities at the highest level as they lead their companies and institutions to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. It integrates key management concepts and best practices to develop strategic thinking and leadership skills as well as an integrated view of the business in relation to its markets.

The orientation for the participants of the 2015 intake was held on Wednesday, 18th February. Introducing them to the case study methodology, which is the main pedagogical tool for the program, Dr Edward Mungai, Associate Dean of SBS, took the participants through a sample case study.

The study, of an American defence-equipment company in the 1940s, explored the issues surrounding problem-solving in a corporate environment. Dr Mungai moderated a session involving all the participants, where questions were asked, solutions provided and points debated. It even involved a dramatization of the case by the participants, making it pragmatic.

“When faced with a problem,” Dr Mungai said, “Check to see if it is the only problem. There might be others related to it.” After the problem has been identified correctly, he went on, one needs to look at it from the point of view of everyone in the company in order to see the best way to solve it. Afterwards, a list of possible solutions needs to be drawn up, from which the most appropriate one can then be selected according to criteria specific to the problem, company and circumstances.
Dr Mungai concluded by noting that the case study methodology is not so much about the solution as it is the lesson learnt from the situation in each case.

Speaking after Dr Mungai’s lecture, David Nyamai, an SMLP alumnus and head of Business Analytics and Financial Systems at Safaricom, congratulated the participants for enrolling for the program, saying it had helped him by giving him a greater knowledge of himself, making him better at the personal and business level. “Learning the third module in Singapore was an eye opener,” he added, speaking of the international exposure the program grants participants.

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