The DNA of IPMI is the case method approach. Its lifeblood is the continual flow of new and relevant cases. That is the key rationale for establishing a case center at IPMI.
In September 2015, at a breakfast IPMI stakeholder meeting, held at the Sari Pacific Hotel, Alwin Arifin, the chairman of the IPMI Board of Trustees and the son of the founder of IPMI, the late Bustanil Arifin, recommitted to the case method as IPMI’s main teaching pedagogy and to the use of English as the language of instruction. In light of that commitment, in February 2016, the IPMI Case Center was established.
Since then, the writing of cases has been ongoing. In the meantime, the case center has also conducted a number of workshops focusing on case writing and case teaching.
Case writing collaborations are currently being explored with such organizations as the Family Business Network (governance and family business), Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (business and human rights in the fisheries industry) and Shell Indonesia (CSR and business). To assist in such activities, Agus Loekman, formerly the executive director of the School of Government and Public Policy (Indonesia) has recently joined the case center as Senior Fellow.
Throughout its history, IPMI has been a conduit for the writing of cases to facilitate case discussion in the school. In its early years in Kemang, much of the case writing was done by Professor Don LeCraw, from the case method oriented Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, Canada with funding from USAID. In later years, through USAID funding as well, Hadi Satyagraha, a founding faculty member, spearheaded a case writing project, also funded by the USAID that included IPMI graduates as research associates
Despite such case writing projects, and like many business schools using cases, IPMI remains dependent on cases from the Harvard Business School. This is not surprising, as it is estimated that 80 percent of all cases used globally come from Harvard. The IPMI Case Center is expected to make the school less dependent on such outside cases in the future.