Case studies are used in many business schools to study real-life business and management scenarios. They can be particularly successful in generating discussion and debate around business themes.
In MIRC, we are often asked where to find case studies on a topic or company. A good place to start looking is actually a text book. Many authors incorporate cases to demonstrate how theory is applied in real life companies and situations but cases can also be found in other places. Read on for some ideas on where to find them…
Which are the best MIRC resources for finding case studies?
Our key journal databases, EBSCO Business Source Complete and ABI/Inform, are both good sources for finding case studies. To restrict your search results in these resources, in the Advanced Search Options you can limit the Document Type and Publication Type to ‘Case Study’ before you run your search.
Where else can I look?
The Case Centre
A good place to start looking is The Case Centre. The Case Centre provides one of the largest searchable collections of business and management cases worldwide, including cases from leading organisations such as Harvard Business Publishing, Ivey Publishing, and London Business School.
If you wish to purchase individual cases you will need to create an account. There are a variety of pricing structures depending on whether you are a teacher, student or corporate client.
Cases can also be purchased directly from the issuing organisation such as Harvard Business School.
Journal of Business Case Studies
Business case studies are available via an open-access journal called Journal of Business Case Studies (JBCS). The purpose of the journal is to disseminate best practice for the use of case studies in learning and education.
There are a number of websites which provide free access to case studies for use in teaching and learning:
- MIT Sloan’s Learning Edge website brings together a collection of cases to be used for teaching. Once registered on the site, you will have access to case studies and videos on entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics, operations management, strategy and sustainability.
Other free sources for case studies include:
- Business in the Community provides case studies showing where businesses gain benefits from creating a positive impact.
- The Health and Safety Executive provides case studies of large businesses and SMEs to promote good health and safety practices.
- New York Times has a collection of case studies based on American small businesses.
If you have any further questions about finding case studies, please get in touch.