Case Folio
Team-Based Learning: The Free-Rider Dilemma

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Pub. Date : Dec' 2019
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Case Folio
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJBS12020
Author Name : Virpi Malin, Xiujuan Jiang, Chi Anyansi-Archibong and Marilyn L Taylor
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Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 06

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The case focuses on the problem of free-riding that Professor Metso confronts just as the last week of classes was about to get underway in Spring 2013 at the School of Business and Economics (JSBE) at the University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Finland. The apparent free-riding occurs in a three-person student team operating as a part of a pilot experiment running within a mass course “Introduction to Management and Leadership”, for which Professor Metso is responsible. The pilot is a part of a university level developmental project “Interactive Teaching and Learning” (IT&L) that was set up by the Rector. The specific goal for the larger project is to enhance student agency and engagement by developing interactive, dialogic and collaborative teaching methods. The case opens with Professor Metso receiving an e-mail from a member of a three-person team stating that one member in the team has not done his part and that the other two members, both females, have not managed to get in touch with him. The e-mail indicates the two are concerned about their ability to take the exam scheduled for Friday, six days hence. Professor Metso has to decide quickly what to do and how to reply to the e-mail.


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It was a beautiful sunny Saturday with just one week left in the Spring 2013 semester. But Professor Metso, a member of the faculty for the School of Business and Economics (JSBE) at the University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Finland, was frowning. She had been checking on the virtual learning environment activities of the students enrolled in an experimental pilot group within the course, “Introduction to Management and Leadership”. To that point, Metso had been pleased with the activities she had seen. To date it seemed that the five sub-groups that made up the experimental pilot within the larger course were working well. Each sub-group had been very active in producing notes, mind-maps and other materials and sharing knowledge among the sub-group members. Then she had opened the following e-mail1…


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