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Case Studies in Business

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Phone: 814-865-4861

The case study is a teaching method in which a real or fictitious situation is presented with the intended purpose of stimulating discussion and suggestions for possible outcomes to identified problems. Perhaps the most widely known and heavily used case studies in business education are those produced by Harvard Business School Publishing. Finding case studies can, however, be difficult.

Due to license restrictions, the University Libraries are unable to acquire case studies for faculty or students.

This guide is provided to inform library patrons as to acquiring case studies on their own.



Harvard Business School Publishing

Harvard Business School (HBS) distributes case studies and notes through Harvard Business Publishing for Educators.

  • Use the Harvard Business Business Publishing for Educators website and search their online catalog. Here users can search the entire catalog of more than 7,500 items from HBS, as well as case studies from several other universities. Users can search by keyword, company name, or by browse by discipline, content, or case method. There is a small fee for each case study.

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Harvard Business Review Case Discussions

Each issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a Case Discussion. These are short, fictitious situations that present a decision point and then follow with four to six commentaries from leading industry experts.

In addition to the methods above, there are 3 ways of finding case discussions:

  • Go to the Harvard Business Publishing for Educators website and enter HBR Case Discussion as a keyword search.

  • Browse issues of the Harvard Business Review to find an appropriate case. The Schreyer Business Library has the complete holdings of the Harvard Business Review back to 1922.

  • Use indexing and abstracting services, such as ProQuest. Enter search terms to better identify specific case studies.



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