Philippines Case Collection Debuts On GlobaLens

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Following a successful Development Consulting Services (DCS) workshop in the Philippines and editorial assistance from GlobaLens case writers, the William Davidson Institute (WDI) is proud to announce the publication of the Philippines Case Collection on the GlobaLens website.

Andrea Meyer, right, with Filipino professor

The cases are some of the first to be written by Filipino professors about domestic companies, and discuss the challenges and successes of companies and organizations in a variety of fields – including health care, software, ecotourism, microfinance, marketing, and many others. The cases will help prepare students for careers in these high-growth sectors by exposing them to real-life challenges and dilemmas of Filipino companies, and encouraging them to use creative problem-solving skills.

The collection is the result of WDI’s role in the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) initiative. The five-year, multi-million dollar effort is funded by funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with RTI International.

The STRIDE project aims to foster economic growth and development in the Philippines through support of education, research, and industry partnerships in high-growth economic fields, including science and technology. As part of their work under STRIDE, DCS deployed case writing experts John Branch and Andrea Meyer to Manila, Philippines, to teach a workshop on business case writing and how to use cases as an instructional tool in university courses.

Following the workshop, each of the professors had the opportunity to write their own case while receiving technical assistance and feedback from the GlobaLens case writers, WDI’s experts, and the DCS staff. Their efforts resulted in 19 published cases and mini-cases, with teaching notes. All are now available to professors and students around the world, free of charge, at

The case authors expressed their excitement at the opportunity to work with local companies and organizations, and to use this new learning tool in courses at their universities and other institutions in the region. The professors plan to use their new skills to write additional cases about local organizations.

“I look forward to sharing my case with colleagues, and will encourage others among our faculty to attend WDI’s future STRIDE workshops,” said case author Dinah Pura T. Depositario of the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. “I plan to write additional cases in the future.”

DCS will conduct a second STRIDE Case Writing Workshop in April 2015, when a new cohort of professors from the nation’s top universities will have an opportunity to join their colleagues in writing and publishing cases about organizations in the Philippines, and bringing knowledge from business and industry into their classrooms.

“It’s one thing to teach students how to perform a specific technique, such as financial analysis. It’s another to teach them why one should be done, how it should be interpreted—or even when the results must be ignored,” said Khalid Al-Naif, director of WDI’s Development Consulting Services. “Our Philippines Case Collection will show Filipino university students, as future leaders and decision makers, that managers must exercise judgment, not mere skills.”

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