Debapratim Purkayastha, Associate Dean at ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad, has won the lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to the case method this year, says a press release from the business school.

‘The Outstanding Contribution to the Case Method’ honour to Purkayasta shows how the ICFAI Business School has developed a tradition of case teaching and case writing. Debapratim is also the youngest recipient of this award. For the first time the award was bagged by a faculty member in India,” says the Case Centre’s Director, Richard McCracken

The Case Centre is a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK that works towards advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge and experience to inspire and transform business education across the globe. Each year, an award is made to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the case method. The Case Centre’s annual awards is now its 25th year.

Purkayastha is globally renowned as a case method expert and has conducted many workshops on case teaching and case writing in India and abroad.

‘The outstanding contribution to the case method’ Award was constituted as a ‘lifetime achievement’ award, by The Case Centre in 2011. The Case Centre’s executive committee selects the recipient of this award. The committee members unanimously praised Debraptim’s achievements and forward-thinking commitment to the case method.

According to The Case Centre’s endorsement “Debapratim has a forward-looking commitment to transform case teaching and writing based on a fundamental belief in how the process uniquely prepares his students for their future careers. He has a pioneering and innovative approach and an inspirational determination to initiate change and encourage continual improvement.”

Among the previous winners of this prestigious award are 2011: Kamran Kashani, IMD Business School, Switzerland; 2012: James A Erskine, Michiel R Leenders and Louise A Mauffette-Leenders, Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada; 2013: Peter Killing, IMD Business School, Switzerland and 2014: Nirmalya Kumar, London Business School, United Kingdom, who is now a member of the group executive council of Tata Sons and chief strategist of the Tata group.

Purkayastha teaches business strategy at IBS Hyderabad, and is also the Consulting Editor of Case Folio, a refereed journal dedicated to case studies in management. He has over 14 years’ teaching, research and industry experience. He is an award-winning and best-selling author of case studies in management, and the only author from outside North America and Europe to feature in the UK-based The Case Centre’s bestselling authors for the last 40 years.

He has won awards and recognition for case writing from the Academy of Management (AOM), Association of MBAs (UK), The Central and Eastern European Management Development Association (CEEMAN), European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Emerald Group Publishing (UK), North American Case Research Association (NACRA), Oikos International (Switzerland), John Molson School of Business (University of Concordia, Canada) and AESE Business School (Portugal). Many of his cases are published in global editions of textbooks.

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