UCT GSB CASE WRITING CENTRE

Bringing local business lessons to life

The Case Writing Centre produces award-winning teaching cases that reflect the African and the emerging market context.
Our vision is to bring the relevance and strength of local business lessons to life.
We profile leading and start-up businesses and explore actual, complex situations and how to best address them.
Our cases also boast informative and in-depth teaching notes.

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GOALS

A teaching case is a learning tool that uses an account of a real-life business situation in the classroom. Learning occurs through a joint effort to solve the dilemma faced by the character in the story.

Personable
RealInteresting
Requires risk
Stimulating, fun and challenging

Critical thinking
Creativity
Analytical skills
Problem-solving
Strategic thinking
Real life engagement Communication and written skills
How to apply technique to real issues

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Teaching collection & awards

Case Writing - Teaching collection
TEACHING CASE COLLECTION

The Case Writing Centre is passionate about creating local and current case material for MBA students.

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Case Writing - Awards
AWARDS

View our award-winning teaching cases about companies from across South Africa and the African continent.

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Centre Manager

CLAIRE BARNADO

Claire Barnardo started and manages the Case Writing Centre at the GSB. Now in its third year, the centre pioneers the writing and publication of African-focussed teaching cases. Established with funding from the Harvard Business School Alumni Africa Club, the Case Writing Centre now hosts a collection of teaching cases, some award-winning, that are relevant to doing business in emerging markets. Claire holds an MA in Media Theory & Practice from UCT and undergraduate degrees from Rhodes University. She has over a decade of editorial experience in magazine and newspaper publishing. Her previous role was as Group Editor of Sunday Times Neighbourhood - a set of national, weekly property and lifestyle supplements which she conceptualised and launched. Claire is passionate about writing and championing local business cases.

Case Writing Centre Manager

27TH CEEMAN Annual Conference

The UCT GSB was the winner of the 25th annual CEEMAN Case Writing Competition, for the case study: Drink The Duchess: Marketing Challenges and Opportunities Encountered when SMEs Internationalize by UCT GSB Professor Geoff Bick and MBA student Fran Heathcote.

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Running a profitable - media
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Giving initiative a chance to grow

Running a profitable and sustainable business while also making a worthwhile social impact makes things extra tough for social entrepreneurs. These enterprises urgently need more formal support to help them continue doing the good work that they do.

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Posted on 16 November 2020 by Mignon Reyneke
Funders are not seeing the big picture - Media
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Funders are not seeing the big picture in South Africa

An award-winning case study on local digital animation filmmaker, Triggerfish, has highlighted the absurdity of lack of access to funding for SMEs operating in the creative space.

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Posted on 15 September 2020 by Mikael Samuelsson
UCT GSB TEACHING CASE STUDY ON MEDICAL - Media
Learning & Development

UCT GSB teaching case study on medical technology company, Biotronik, wins top international award

Researchers from the UCT GSB have once again taken top honours in a prestigious international case writing competition, for a new teaching case on the challenges of remaining competitive and profitable without compromising on quality in the SA cardiac device industry.

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Posted on 14 September 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
SA film industry - media
Emerging Market Business

UCT GSB teaching case study on SA film industry wins top international award

Researchers from the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) have taken top honours in a prestigious international case writing competition, for their teaching case on the challenges of financing digital entertainment.

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Posted on 26 June 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
Cape Talk
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The reality of emerging market challenges for entrepreneurs

Growbox is the subject of a teaching case study by the UCT GSB's case writing centre. Its focus is on the reality of emerging market challenges for entrepreneurs in Cape Town

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Posted on 1 June 2020 by UCT GSB Press Office
andrew smith - media
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

UCT GSB teaching case study surfaces a business model of agility in action

The global pandemic is forcing businesses around the world to change the way they operate. One South African company, Yuppiechef, is demonstrating that the principles of customer centricity and agility are core to successful adaptation.

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Posted on 18 May 2020 by Mignon Reyneke

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