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Business (HE): Case Studies

About Business Case Studies

Case studies are a useful means to understand business and management principles by seeing how they work in practice.  Most case studies will analyse a particular practice or process, discussing the reasons behind the change, and showing you what happened.  Some case studies are fictional and written to develop your understanding and your problem solving abilities.  Some case studies are factual and allow you to learn about real world problems and solutions.  They can also be useful when you are researching a company for an assignment or dissertation. 

You can find Case Studies in textbooks in the library, or online published in trade publications and journals, on company websites or online.

Finding case studies on databases

Both Business Source Premier and Emerald provide access to academic articles which have used case study methodology on which to base their research. 

  • For BSP, select the Advanced Search and then click on Case Study in the Document Type drop-down list.  This will also bring up case studies written for teaching purposes using fictional scenarios.  You can also add "case study" to your search terms. 
  • For Emerald, select Advanced Search, and run your search.  There is an option to limit your results to Case Study, under the Type subheading.  Ignore other options referring to Case Studies - this is a separate resource that we don't subscribe to.


Online case studies

Business Case Studies, formerly Times 100 Case Studies provides a wide range of case studies organised by topic.  The site can be messy with pop-up adverts, but the case studies are based on real information and issues, and are clearly laid out.  You can also browse by company

Case Studies in Textbooks