Involving students in the co-construction of case studies has many benefits. It develops their knowledge and interest in local organizations and motivates them to learn. In addition, synergies can emerge and be exploited by students in their research work as part of their dissertation or thesis.
For the teaching staff, these case studies allow for a better knowledge of the details of the company, the complexity of the issues, but also for greater flexibility in the use of case studies within the courses by involving, for example, field actors in the teaching.
Writing cases obviously requires a greater investment of time than using cases available on a platform. Indeed, it is necessary to have links with the local entrepreneurship, to contact companies to know their problems and to write the case. However, it is possible to save money for the faculty and even generate profits by putting these case studies online on dedicated platforms. Indeed, the case studies and their pedagogical notes are published, for example, on the platform The Case Center (used worldwide), under the brand name of the University of Neuchâtel, so that other courses can benefit from them as teaching material. These publications increase the visibility of the university at the national and international level.
Before they can be published on the platforms, the cases must be tested as teaching material at least twice in the course.