Information Technology (IT) students are getting an inside look into the country’s IT industry, thanks to the launch of a new book by RMIT Vietnam staff.
It’s a significant learning resource for students as it’s the first time case studies on IT practice in Vietnam have been published.
The studies previously used for discussion covered examples from the United States, where it’s a different market.
Released in early November 2014, the book Information Technology in Vietnam (and Southeast Asia): Discussion Cases, covers ten carefully researched and locally situated discussion cases optimised for classroom use.
Companies involved include Mox Deals Vietnam, Ti Ki Corporation, An Binh Paper Corporation and Kinik- Sales (Thailand).
Authors of the book are Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma, senior lecturers Narumon Sriratanaviriyakul and Pham Cong Hiep and research assistants Vo Thi Trung Trinh, Le Khoa Huan and Vo Xuan Hung.
Associate Professor Nkhoma said the cases are authentic because they describe an actual situation faced by a key decision-maker.
“The ten cases provided in the book are all open,” he said.
“There are no ‘right’ answers although each case has a strong and weak response to the situation described.
“They’re a great basis for discussion in the classroom, with this teaching technique known as the case method.”
Senior Lecturer Narumon Sriratanaviriyakul said the case method is an ideal approach to improve students’ critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and problem solving.
“These are essential skills expected by employers,” Ms Sriratanaviriyakul said.
“Resources such as this book help students connect and apply their interdisciplinary education.”
This story was first published in RMIT Vietnam's Exchange magazine.