Product Types Core Disciplines

Case Study

A case study portrays a business dilemma faced by a person in an organization. It focuses on a real business scenario with all its complexity, stakeholders, and competing interests. A case study never has an obvious solution but offers up enough information for students to make assumptions and good decisions.

Mini Case Study

A mini-case is a shorter version of a case study and is generally 2-4 pages. It provides only relevant facts and offers more teaching flexibility as it can be used independently or in combination with other teaching materials.


Some WDI Publishing case studies have accompanying videos that feature commentary from the actual protagonist or other stakeholders within the case.

Conceptual Note

Descriptive and informational, a conceptual note is similar to a textbook chapter or informational article describing a specific business concept or framework.

Teaching Tool

Teaching tools are additional assets for faculty such as slide decks, instructional guides or other support-focused materials.


A course is a series of classes, research, assignments and related activities, usually lasting one academic term or semester. Courses study specific topics within a broader academic area such as a degree or certificate program. Generally, a course is worth a certain number of credits.


An exercise can take the form of a quiz, problem sets, structured examinations, or other in-class activity and often serves as a practice and evaluation tool.


A module is an educational teaching unit that covers a single subject or topic. Its scope is limited and often measured in class hours or sessions. Pedagogy might include lectures, class discussions, workshops, and exercises.


An organizational profile is a concise overview which may include history, products/services, organizational structure, past/current/projected performance, culture, reputation, and major milestones including strategic initiatives.


Reference documents are sources of information that provide pertinent details about a subject, concept, product, organization, or other key idea. Examples include dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, maps, almanacs, and abstracts.

Leadership Crisis Challenge

A Leadership Crisis Challenge (LCC) is a full- or multi-day simulation which aims to teach students to think critically in real time by role playing specific parts within a complex, business crisis situation under stress.


A simulation is a staged replication of an event within a classroom setting. Simulations are designed to enhance a student's understanding of a concept or event and to elicit a response. Simulations are one way to engage students in active learning.