WDI Releases the First of Several Impact Reports

Thursday, March 16, 2017

WDI is debuting the first of an ongoing series detailing the long-term impact the work the Institute is having in a certain sector or a particular geography.

The first WDI Impact Report, “Improving Business Education in the Philippines,” examines the Institute’s contributions to the five-year STRIDE project that is focused on strengthening the science, technology, research and innovation capacity on the island nation.

In 2013 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program in the Philippines through its implementing partner RTI International. As part of the STRIDE project, WDI was asked to provide academic support for faculty from dozens of Philippine universities. WDI designed and delivered four workshops to teach over 130  professors how to write and teach business case studies while also helping faculty increase engagement with local industries and companies.  

 WDI assisted the professors as they developed and wrote their case studies. WDI then published the business cases on its WDI Publishing site. There are more than 90 case studies that are part of the WDI Philippines Case Collection.

“Case studies give a wider and deeper perspective into the featured organizations,” said Manuel Manuel III of the University of the Philippines Diliman, who attended the first case writing workshop. “In my case, it has given me an appreciation of the challenges the company is facing and/or has faced and what it is doing moving forward.

WDI President Paul Clyde said the STRIDE program serves as an excellent model for integrating the work of academics with the private sector – making it a strong project to showcase as the Institute’s first Impact Report.

“It’s important to take the opportunity to assess how our activities are affecting people, businesses and organizations in a certain sector or spot on the map,” Clyde said. “We hope these Impact Reports can provide greater depth into how WDI collaborates with partners to identify and implement private sector solutions.”


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