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Faculty Development Program WAC and Case Study Teaching


Program Overview

The Indian Institute of Management Udaipur is pleased to offer WAC and Case Study Teaching, a comprehensive faculty development program that has been specifically designed to train participants on how to most effectively teach a Written Analysis and Communication (WAC) course.

What is WAC?

Pioneered at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) WAC is widely regarded as being one of the most challenging and compelling components of an MBA program. It is also touted by former students as being the course they most vividly remember and more importantly as the course they most often use after graduation.
This is predominantly because the program teaches and trains students how to write and think like managers. Hence, the structure and focus of WAC revolves around the writing of managerial decision reports. These reports are in turn based upon a management case study that is dissected and discussed in the classroom.
Student learnings and benefits come from not only the open classroom discussions and debates but also from the detailed individual and collective feedback they receive on their written submissions. In addition, students also learn the skills needed to effectively structure and present as well as justify and defend their written arguments/recommendations against the backdrop of a situation or managerial challenge where there is no one “right” answer.

For Whom

This program has been specifically designed for faculty and those involved in the teaching of WAC. However, this program can also equally benefit faculty involved with any other communication/managerial courses that also utilize the case study method of teaching.

The Teaching of WAC

The teaching of WAC itself is an interesting, challenging, energizing and enjoyable experience primarily because the course design and content calls for a “discussion leadership” style of teaching rather than the traditional pure lecture method.
This in turn requires instructors to maintain a fine balance of questioning, listening, guiding and responding to students as they dictate the classroom discussion whilst sporadically reverting to mini-lectures to clarify key points, issues and/or theories.
In addition, the course necessitates that students be given in depth and detailed feedback on their written submissions ranging from the macro (e.g. errors and flaws in reasoning and rationale) to the micro (e.g. grammatical, syntax and stylistic errors).

Program Objectives and Highlights

The WAC and Case Study Teaching program has been specifically designed to enable participants to gain a thorough and all-embracing understanding of how to best teach a WAC course ranging from its components to its challenges. In short it will give you all the tips, theories, techniques etc. required to be able to “hit the ground running” and be able to immediately begin teaching WAC. As an equal benefit, this program will also train you on not only how to thoroughly dissect and discuss a case study but also how to be able to draw out its key learning outcomes and deliverables.

Course Deliverables

By the end of this program participants will have learnt how to:

  • Effectively prepare and present managerial decision reports
  • Effectively evaluate and grade managerial decision reports
  • Thoroughly dissect and deconstruct a case study to formulate key learning objectives and classroom sessions
  • Orchestrate and facilitate case study discussions and debates
  • Implement a methodical, systematic and precise approach to problem solving and decision making
  • Produce future managers with strong decision making and communication skills
Apply Now     Completed applications must be submitted no later than May 15th, 2018

Program Schedule
Program Brochure

Program Cost

The program fee is INR 15,000 plus taxes which covers all program activities, materials, refreshments and meals on all program days as well as accommodation for the duration of the course. Please note that the program fee must be received at the Indian Institute of Management before the program commencement date. Accepted candidates will be provided details for the remittance of the program fee electronically.

Accommodation

The program is fully residential. Participants will stay in IIMU student hostels during the program. Accommodation will be provided for either 3 or 4 nights as required. Classes begin at 9 AM on May 22nd; therefore participants should arrive on campus on May 21st. Classes will end at approximately 12:30 PM on May 24th. Accommodation will be provided for participants who cannot depart until the following day.

Duration

9 AM Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 to 12:30 PM Thursday, May24th 2018

Faculty
Professor Danesh Gojer

Professor Gojer is a truly global faculty resource as he has lived, studied and worked across five countries and three continents. His schooling and International Baccalaureate were completed in the Middle East, his undergraduate work in the UK (University of Warwick) and his masters in the United States (Clark University).
Professionally he has been a corporate banker with both HSBC Canada and HSBC India as well as a consultant with CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) before moving into teaching and training.
Professor Gojer has authored three books and has conducted a significant number of undergraduate, graduate, faculty and management development programs covering managerial decision making and effective written communication both in India and abroad.
He is currently visiting faculty with both the Indian Institute of Management Udaipur and Indian Institute of Management Nagpur.

Professor Gita Chaudhuri

Dr. Gita Chaudhuri has been a Visiting Faculty member at IIM Udaipur for the last five years where she teaches two courses on Written Analysis and Communication. She had earlier taught the same course at IIM Ahmedabad, the cradle of WAC in India, for more than two decades. Dr. Chaudhuri is a Ph. D in English Literature from Gujarat University where she received the Professor F.C. Davar Gold Medal. Besides her interest in the teaching of WAC she has an abiding interest in the translation of literary works. She received the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize for 2017 for her Satyer Anweshan, a translation of M. K. Gandhi’s Satya na Prayogo (My Experiments with Truth). Her translation of the first Dalit autobiography Purna Satya by Keshar Shivam into English, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth, was published by Samya Publication is used as a text in Germany.

For additional information, please contact:
Ms. Antra Chaturvedi
Mobile: +91 97806 01689
Email: antra.chaturvedi@iimu.ac.in