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Business Administration Programs: Finding Cases

Often you will need to access business cases for your classes or assignments.  The library has access to many cases, whether electronically or in books and journals. Sometimes, you will need to access a case that we do not have a license for; you will have to pay for these cases the way you would pay for a textbook.

Commercial vs. Free Case Studies

There is a lot of variation in the definition of a case study. Case studies usually present the pertinent facts about a real or fictional business or management "problem." Teaching cases are intended to provide the reader with sufficient data to evaluate multiple courses of action. They may pose questions to stimulate critical thinking and help readers to apply theory to the analysis of the events portrayed.  

Commercial publishers, like the well-known Harvard Business School, produce cases for classroom use. These often  provide faculty with teaching notes and other resources to support instruction.  Generally, the only way to get copies of a commercial case is to purchase them (one copy for every student in the class) from the publisher. It is not possible for the library to get copies of commercial cases on interlibrary loan (ILL).

Case studies found in business texts and traditional books, journals and magazines, (like Harvard Business Review) and even freely available on the Web, often are shorter and may not provide the same structured teaching/learning tools as commercial cases. However, they may be valuable for engaging student discussion and problem solving

You can search in Discover using the search term "case studies" and your topic.  Example: "case studies" and "organizational behavior."

You can also browse by doing a subject search with one of the following subjects (copy and paste for accuracy):

Business ethics -- Case studies

Business failures -- Case studies

Business networks -- Case studies

Electronic commerce -- Case studies

Entrepreneurship -- Case studies

Industrial management -- Case studies

Industrial relations -- Case studies

International business enterprises -- Case studies

Leadership -- Case studies

Organizational change -- Case studies

Organizational effectiveness -- Case studies

Need a specific case the library doesn't have?  First, try Googling the title of the case, which usually takes you to a site where it can be purchased.

You can also browse cases in the following websites:

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