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June 3 , 2010

Brescia earns top prize for developing case studies for Business students

Colleen Sharen

London, ON – Brescia University College has been recognized by the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) for submitting the best case studies developed as teaching tools for business students.

The two case studies, authored by Professor Colleen Sharen of Brescia’s Management and Organizational Studies program, earned the Institutional Award for Case Writing Excellence at the ASAC conference at the University of Regina in May. ASAC is the regional organization that represents Canada within the Academy of Management, which is one of the premier academic associations in management.

Brescia’s winning case studies were among about 30 submissions. Case studies represent one track of academic activity at the conference attended by 325 delegates from around the world. Sharen said that Brescia’s win is validation of the investment Canada’s women’s university is making in leadership and organizational studies. “It demonstrates that Brescia is committed to management studies as a program and as a discipline. We’ve got smart, capable people at Brescia who care about the students and about the program. Professor Melissa Jean and I are continuing to work on research and cases. Winning the award allows students to understand that we have the capability.”

Sharen explains that a case study is based on a real situation in which the student assumes the role of the decision-maker who has to make a difficult decision where there are equally appealing choices. “Case learning is all about learning a decision-making process while learning theory. Really, case studies are true stories, where students have to put themselves in the role of the person who has really faced such a situation. Students learn judgment, to assess quality of data, and aspects of leadership.”

Unique to the cases submitted by Brescia is the focus on women in leadership roles. Sharen explained, “I’ve written a lot of cases that feature some of the business challenges that women face. Each case has a specific learning objective, such as identifying franchise opportunities, and these cases also illustrate to the broader world the role that women play. In these cases, women are role models, make decisions, are leaders, and are business owners.”

Sharen hopes to share the award-winning knowledge with a greater number of her peers by submitting the cases for publication in the Case Research Journal, published by the North American Case Research Association.

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 1,100 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at

For more information, please contact:

Professor Colleen Sharen
Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28280