A case study is an in-depth look or detailed examination of a particular event, scenario, or group. Case studies are extremely popular teaching tools in the field of management, as they help students apply course topics to real-world scenarios. Case studies come in a variety of formats (articles, book chapters, videos, etc.). Learn how to find case studies in the library collection below.
Note: We have several collections with case studies (as seen below), but they can still be hard to find. Many companies pay experts to write case studies and, in turn, want payment for the cases.
To search for case studies in the below databases:
To find cases in our Harvard Business School collection, simply search on your topic (no need to select document type).
Some of the best case studies can be found in books on leadership and management. The best way to search for books that have case studies is to combine your search term(s) with the keyword “case study” and filter to Content Type > Book Chapter (on left-hand side of the search results screen).
Here is an example search: "case study" AND organizational culture
Looking for cases with diverse protagonists? Berkeley's Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) has curated a case compendium that highlights:
Note: Please be aware that we may not have full access to everything listed in this compendium. If you need help locating a copyright compliant version of a case listed in this compendium, please reach out to a librarian.
Example search by country domain code: “aerospace case study” in the United Kingdom
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