The phrase "business case" can refer to a research method, approach to solving a practical business problem or a teaching method.  This guide focuses on tips and tools for writing, teaching with and finding business cases used as pedagogical tools or learning objects.

Case Method Teaching & Learning

 

This is a list of ebooks and articles on teaching with business cases and writing business cases for teachers and students.

 

Tools for Finding Business Cases

This guide lists tools beyond Harvard Business Publishing cases, emphasizing subscribed content and open access or freely accessible business cases.

 

  Business Case Studies
Business cases through a U.K. lens.

  Business Case Journal

  CLEO Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership

  Georgetown University Case Studies Library
Cases on globalization, international trade & foreign aid. Cases moderately priced.

  Journal of Critical Incidents

  Journal of Business Case Studies

  Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies

  Journal of Information Technology Teaching Cases

  MIT Learning Edge Teaching Business Case Studies

  OIKOS
Cases related to sustainability in management, entrepreneurship and finance.

  Sage Business Cases  Limitations on Use  Access Instructions
Offers scholarly, peer-reviewed business case studies covering a variety of industries and topics.

  SHRM Case Studies
Society for Human Resource Management cases.

  The Case Center: Free Cases

  The Case Center
Browse and buy cases & coursepacks from top business case publishers (INSEAD, Harvard, Darden, Stanford, Ivey & others).

  The Case Journal (Emerald Insight)
We do not presently subscribe to the Case Journal. You can browse or search and request fill best via interlibrary loan. If there is sufficient interest, the library will request a subscription.

  The Hallway
University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy. Cases in finance, public administration, marketing & NGOs. Registration required for access.

  William Davidson Institute Publishing
Affiliated with the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Topics across the business curriculum, register for inspection copy. Most cases modestly priced.

article databases

Business cases are published in books, business journals and on open access platforms.  Finding them can be challenging due to inconsistent indexing.  Most indexing is self selected by authors and quality control efforts are minimal.  Authors may misapply controlled vocabulary for business cases to research using a case methodology.  Distinguishing between articles that are business cases and article about business cases is time consuming.  Nevertheless searching for keywords "cases" or "simulations" is sometimes fruitful.

The following databases provide access to journals that occassionally publish business cases.

 

  ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
Choose document type, "case study" or keyword search for "teaching case" and limit to source type, "scholarly journals."

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Search subject "case method (teaching)" or "case study". Note that many of the articles retrieved will be about the case study research method.

  ERIC (EBSCO)
Search for the subject "case method (teaching technique)"

 

Open Educational Resources

Business cases can be found as stand alone OER or as features or chapters of books.  The search engines listed below  allow filtering for stand alone OER.  To find  business cases embedded in textbooks browse textbook contents.

  MERLOT II
Brows, Materials, Filter by Material Type "Case Study" or "Simulation", Filter by Discipline

  OER Commons
Search by keyword for topic, filter by material type "case study"

  Open Textbook Library
Traditional textbooks often include brief teaching cases. OER textbooks may also have brief cases embedded. There is not a specific filter for cases.