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Prof. Debapratim Purkayastha
Published : Thursday, 26 February, 2015 05:18 PM
ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad
Prof. Debapratim Purkayastha, Associate Dean at ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad, won the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” for the outstanding contribution to the Case Method this year. ‘The Outstanding Contribution to the Case Method’ honor to Debapratim 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, and bears testimony to the rapid strides that ICFAI Business School had taken in Case-based teaching and learning in the last few decades. For the first time the award was bagged by a faculty member in India” says the Case Centre’s Director.

Debapratim Purkayastha is globally renowned as a Case Method expert and much sought after for speaking assignments and workshops in this area. He has conducted many workshops on Case Teaching and Case Writing in India and abroad.

The Case Centre’s annual Awards, now in their 25th year, celebrate excellence in case writing and teaching in business education worldwide and are now considered the case method community's annual 'Oscars'.

The Case Centre:
The Case Centre is a not-for-profit organisation based in United Kingdom that works towards advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom 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 Links:
tw @thecasecentre #CaseAwards2015

Commenting on winning the award Prof. Debapratim said “I am grateful to the senior management of IBS Hyderabad and the ICFAI University for their enduring commitment to the case method and for providing me with an opportunity to be a part of something so grand and exciting. I must also thank all my team members and co-authors. Without them this success would not have been possible”.

Significance of the Award:
‘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 executive 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.”

The previous winners of the highly prestigious award:
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.
2014: Nirmalya Kumar, London Business School, United Kingdom.

Brief Bio Data of Prof. Debapratim:
Debapratim Purkayastha’s 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.

Debapratim Purkayastha’s 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), The Case Centre, John Molson School of Business (University of Concordia, Canada), AESE Business School (Portugal), etc. Many of his cases are published in global editions of textbooks.

The Case Research Center at IBS:
IBS Hyderabad has adopted a predominantly case based pedagogy. The Case Research Center at IBS Hyderabad has developed more than 4,500 case studies, and is known for regularly winning awards and prizes at global case writing events.

About IBS:
IBS, Hyderabad, a constituent of ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education is declared as deemed-to-be university under section 3 of UGC Act 1956. Within a short span of time since it was established in 1995, IBS Hyderabad has grown impressively and achieved widespread recognition from industry, academic circles and professional bodies. It is a premier business school that has been consistently ranked by independent rating agencies as one of the top 10 B – Schools of India. It is one of the first business schools in South Asia to receive the prestigious SAQS accreditation. NAAC, an autonomous institute of University Grants Commission has also awarded the Certificate of Accreditation to The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education.

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