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.
Select Advanced Search, run your search and then limit your results to Case Study.
To access Emerald off campus click on “Login” at the top of the Emerald home page. Click on "Access through your institution". Type Bradford College in the "Find Your Institution" box. Enter your college IT username and password when prompted to do so.
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.
The Global Business Environment by Janet MorrisonThe new edition of this bestselling textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the business environment, coherently integrating cross-disciplinary topics from sociology, politics and economics. Truly international in approach the book encourages students to explore multiple perspectives and scenarios to prepare them for the highly globalised business operations of today. Thoroughly updated with topical discussion of both SMEs and large MNCs, a core principle remains the book's application to business. Enhanced by Janet Morrison's characteristically clear, authoritative writing style, and an unrivalled range of learning features, the book offers all the tools to support skills development, critical thinking and academic engagement. Ideal for undergraduate and MBA modules on the Business Environment or Business Contexts, the book is also be suitable for International Business modules that aim to offer an introduction to the issues of global economics, in the context of other environments.
Exploring Strategy Text and Cases by Gerry Johnson; Richard Whittington; Patrick Regnèr; Kevan Scholes; Duncan AngwinWith over one million copies sold worldwide, Exploring Strategy has long been the essential strategy text for managers of today and tomorrow. From entrepreneurial start-ups to multinationals, charities to government agencies, this book raises the big questions about organisations- how they grow, how they innovate and how they change. Texts and Cases also provides a wealth of extra case studies written by experts in the subject to aid and enrich your understanding. Examples are taken from events and organisations as diverse as Glastonbury, Mondelez and Formula 1 racing.