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HBS Case Selections

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Honeywell and the Great Recession (A)

Target: Responding to the Recession

Hometown Foods: Changing Price Amid Inflation

Elon Musk's Big Bets

Elon Musk: Balancing Purpose and Risk

Tesla's CEO Compensation Plan

China Rapid Finance: The Collapse of China's P2P Lending Industry

Forbidden City: Launching a Craft Beer in China

Innovation at Uber: The Launch of Express POOL

Racial Discrimination on Airbnb (A)

GitLab and the Future of All-Remote Work (A)

TCS: From Physical Offices to Borderless Work

Creating a virtual internship at goldman sachs.

Unilever's Response to the Future of Work

AT&T, Retraining, and the Workforce of Tomorrow

Leading Change in Talent at L'Oreal

Eve Hall: The African American Investment Fund in Milwaukee

United Housing - Otis Gates

The Home Depot: Leadership in Crisis Management

The Great East Japan Earthquake (B): Fast Retailing Group's Response

Insurer of Last Resort?: The Federal Financial Response to September 11

Under Armour

Hunley, Inc.: Casting for Growth

Bitfury: Blockchain for Government

Deutsche Bank: Pursuing Blockchain Opportunities (A)

Maersk: Betting on Blockchain

Yum! Brands

Bharti Airtel in Africa

Li & Fung 2012

Sony and the JK Wedding Dance

United Breaks Guitars

David dao on united airlines.

Marketing Reading: Digital Marketing

Social Strategy at Nike

The Tate's Digital Transformation

Social strategy at american express, mellon financial and the bank of new york.

The Walt Disney Company and Pixar, Inc.: To Acquire or Not to Acquire?

Dow's Bid for Rohm and Haas

Finance Reading: The Mergers and Acquisitions Process

Apple: Privacy vs. Safety? (A)

Sidewalk Labs: Privacy in a City Built from the Internet Up

Data Breach at Equifax

Apple's Core

Design Thinking and Innovation at Apple

Apple Inc. in 2012

Iz-Lynn Chan at Far East Organization (Abridged)

Barbara Norris: Leading Change in the General Surgery Unit

Adobe Systems: Working Towards a "Suite" Release (A)

Starbucks Coffee Company: Transformation and Renewal

JCPenney: Back in Business

Home Nursing of North Carolina

Castronics, llc, gemini investors, angie's list: ratings pioneer turns 20.

Basecamp: Pricing

J.C. Penney's "Fair and Square" Pricing Strategy

J.c. penney's 'fair and square' strategy (c): back to the future.

Osaro: Picking the best path

HubSpot and Motion AI: Chatbot-Enabled CRM

GROW: Using Artificial Intelligence to Screen Human Intelligence

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Arup: Building the Water Cube

(Re)Building a Global Team: Tariq Khan at Tek

Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, Inc. (A)

Organizational Behavior Reading: Leading Global Teams

Ron ventura at mitchell memorial hospital.

Anthony Starks at InSiL Therapeutics (A)

Wolfgang Keller at Konigsbrau-TAK (A)

The 2010 Chilean Mining Rescue (A)

IDEO: Human-Centered Service Design

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Circles: Series D Financing

Andreessen Horowitz

Entrepreneurship Reading: Partnering with Venture Capitalists

Midland Energy Resources, Inc.: Cost of Capital

Globalizing the Cost of Capital and Capital Budgeting at AES

Cost of Capital at Ameritrade

Finance Reading: Cost of Capital

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David Neeleman: Flight Path of a Servant Leader (A)

Coach Hurley at St. Anthony High School

Shapiro Global

Kathryn McNeil (A)

Carol Fishman Cohen: Professional Career Reentry (A)

Alex Montana at ESH Manufacturing Co.

Michelle Levene (A)

John and Andrea Rice: Entrepreneurship and Life

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Guide for Business Faculty: Cases/HBR

HBS Content Copyright Policy

Policy Here , and regarding class use of cases and HBR articles:

... we prohibit the posting of cases, articles, or chapters on “e-reserve” course pages for student access, as well as in “electronic coursepacks” that link to our digitized content and content postings on course management systems such as WebCT or Blackboard. Such unauthorized postings are equivalent to distributing our copyrighted content to students without permission, which infringes that copyright. This is so even if the content is being used for the first time and is password-protected, accessible only to students in the course, and taken down at the end of the course.

Cases & Case Studies

The definition of "Case Study" varies from publication to publication. The "case studies" in traditional journals and books are not necessarily the same as commercial "cases" from publishers like Harvard Business School Publishing.

The Library does  NOT  collect commercial cases due to licensing restrictions imposed by the publishers. Each student must pay for their own copies. To find and use these commercial cases, go to Harvard Business Publishing. By  registering for a free educator account , you can create an online coursepack to provide online access to specific cases (with "up to 60% off" for students). 

You can also search for freely available case studies in the resources mentioned below. 

Free Case Studies

There isn't one single clearinghouse similar to Harvard Business School Publishing or Case Centre to search for free cases. Below is a list of sources that provide free cases on various topics. 

Cases addressing "the dark side of contemporary capitalism." From the Academy of Management Dark Side Case Competition . 

Harvard Business Review

HBR articles in Business Source Premier (BSP, an EBSCOhost database) cannot be used for teaching purposes.

Harvard Business Review Notice of Use Restrictions, May 2009:

Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing Newsletter content on EBSCOhost is licensed for the private individual use of authorized EBSCOhost users.  It is not intended for use as assigned course material in academic institutions  nor as corporate learning or training materials in businesses. Academic licensees may not use this content in electronic reserves, electronic course packs, persistent linking from syllabi or by any other means of incorporating the content into course resources. Business licensees may not host this content on learning management systems or use persistent linking or other means to incorporate the content into learning management systems. Harvard Business Publishing will be pleased to grant permission to make this content available through such means. For rates and permission, contact [email protected]

That means an instructor should NOT do the following with HBR articles in BSP: 1) uploading PDFs, or 2) providing links in syllabus or Canvas, or 3) verbally assigning specific HBR articles during class. The instructor needs to set up a free educator's account and create the course pack, then share the course pack link with students. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why can't instructors use HBR articles since they are available in Business Source Premier? -- It's HBP's policy. The articles in Business Source Premier are for "research" only; articles used for "teaching purposes" are not covered by the license and not free to the students.

Can students use Business Source Premier on their own and cite HBR articles in their papers or coursework? -- Yes, if they are doing research and find these articles serendipitously.

Can I just tell students to find these articles without linking to them? -- No, if the students are told to find them for a class, the articles are used for "teaching." HBP does track the usage of HBR and a sudden increase in the search and download of a specific article will be flagged as violation.

What are my options if I want to link to articles for a class so students can read them for free? -- The website has many articles in full text and it is okay to link to them for a class. However, guest users and registered users can only view a limited number of free articles per month. 

-- If the HBR article is also in one of the HBR's 10 Must Reads ebooks , you can link to the ebook. To find out if an article is in the ebooks, just do a search by the article title in the library catalog. 

-- Articles from most other journals PSU Library subscribes to can be used as course materials, whether you put them on Course Reserves , link to them in your course page , or verbally assign them as required reading. The Library is already paying for these resources so your students can read them without any additional cost. 

Who can provide more information regarding the course pack? -- I recommend contacting HBP directly . 

What else do I need to know about HBR articles in BSP?

-- Starting 8/1/2013, Harvard Business Publishing has restricted access to  HBR's 500 most popular articles  (initial list -- titles change over time) to "read-only" in BSP. These articles cannot be printed or linked to from a persistent link. You can still search for them in BSP, download the PDF, or email the PDF to yourself. 

-- How do I know it's one of those articles?

Other Sources for Case Studies

Case studies in journals and magazines : * these are different from "cases" in the commercial/traditional sense

Case studies in books : * these are different from "cases" in the commercial/traditional sense

You can do a keyword search in the PSU Library Catalog  (the search box in the middle of the page).

Or use the Advanced Search for a more targeted search (fewer, more relevant results): for example,

enter the phrases case studies or case study under the Subject field.

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Finding Case Studies - Including HBR materials

Accessing the Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review Restrictions

In 2009, Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) finalized a license agreement with EBSCO—the vendor of Business Source Complete, which contains the HBR in full text. This license agreement specifies that: “ academic licensees may not use this content in electronic reserves, electronic course packs, persistent linking from syllabi or by any other means of incorporating the content into course resources. ”  Below are some options that instructors may consider.   

HBR articles that won’t allow linking, printing, or saving

In 2013, Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) further restricted access to its 500 most heavily used items (making them read-only). So, if you found a certain article or short case study in an issue of the HBR that was restricted in the database you can email an online learning librarian and we can see if it is in our physical collection in the library to scan and send to you. We have physical copies of the HBR in the Polk Library from 1953-2011.

HBR 500: List of Articles — As this list may change over time, please contact us with any questions.

Looking for an HBR Case Study?

While the library doesn’t purchase the longer HBR case studies that are normally incorporated into class course-packs, two options for acquiring HBR cases include:

When a teacher, after registering for a free educator account, goes to checkout at the HBR site, they will be guided as to the necessary or most appropriate copyright permissions needed.

Full text case studies in library databases

ABI Inform and Business Source Premier contain business cases; just enter your search terms and limit the Document Type to Case Study or Business Case. 

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Sports Marketing-- Case Studies in Business Source Premier- Sample Search

Specific Case Study Journals

Journal of business case studies

Journal of cases on information technology

        Asian journal of management cases

        Asian case research journal

         South Asian journal of business and management cases

        Journal of case research

         Issues in accounting education

Case studies in [email protected]:

Sample search for business case studies in library catalog

Sample search using the follow in the catalog: "case studies" AND management in ebooks (selected business related filters on left side column)

Alternative Open Source Case Study Resources:

Arthur Andersen Case Studies in Business Ethics

MIT Sloan Management Case Studies

The Case Centre

“The Case Centre was set up in 1973 as the Case Clearing House of Great Britain and Ireland. It was the result of a joint initiative by 22 higher education institutions who wanted a reliable facility for sharing case materials among business teachers.”

Institute for Corporate Ethics: Business Roundtable

Independent entity, housed at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Case Studies are reproducible for educational purposes.

BCIC Business Case Library

New York Times: small business case studies

International City Managers' Association

The Times 100

Additional Links Regarding Copyright and Harvard Business Review

Business Reference and Services Section of the ALA (BRASS) statement on HBR

The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002

(TEACH act) was passed in 2002 and sought to apply fair use principles to the online learning environment.


*Disclaimer: None of the following should be taken as legal advice. Please refer to the  UW Office of General Counsel regarding any

specific legal/copyright questions.

Business Case Studies

Licensing Restrictions

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Due to licensing restrictions, Harvard Business School Case Studies are limited to classroom use by individual students. The BU Libraries (including Pardee Library) cannot purchase cases for the library’s collections, or obtain cases through Interlibrary Loan. Individuals may purchase copies of cases for their own personal use directly from Harvard Business Publishing .

Instructors that assign Harvard Business School cases to their students can set up course packs directly with Harvard Business Publishing . Students will need to pay a fee to access the course pack and cost will vary depending on number of cases involved.

If you would rather not pay a fee for cases, please review this guide further for cases available through existing library resources or Open Access Cases (free).

A small number of case studies can be found in Harvard Business Review via our Business Source Complete subscription (1922-present) or in print at Pardee Library (1990-present). To limit your search results in Business Source Complete to case studies, select "Case Study" for the Document Type. Another source for business cases is Harvard Business Review Digital Articles (2007-present). You should also select "Case Study" for the Document Type to limit search results to case studies.

In August 2013, HBR designated 500 of their most popular articles as "read-only" and restricted the ability to print or download those articles in Business Source Complete. While it may change over time, the original list of articles is available here: HBR 500 . If you need an article that is part of the HBR 500, you may be able to access it through our Harvard Business Review print subscription at Pardee Library.

*Faculty: Please note that HBR articles from our Business Source Complete subscription may not be linked to course management systems due to licensing restrictions, however, articles can be purchased directly from Harvard Business School Publishing for inclusion in course packs.

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If you're looking to try out case teaching, or your budget is a little tight, why not try a case from one of our high-quality free case collections.

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Welcome to our free case collections. As part of The Case Centre’s commitment to promoting the case method and supporting case teachers, we offer a growing range of free cases produced by a number of prominent schools and organisations across the globe.

You must be  registered and logged in  to our website to access free cases. Once logged in you can use the 'show only items in the free case collection' tick box on our  product search  to search all free cases.

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Amity Research Centers has selected 10 cases from its health and medical care collection to be available free via The Case Centre. Amity Research Centers feels there is a dearth of expertise in health and medical care and that knowledge of developments and initiatives in healthcare is limited. It makes a deliberate effort to write cases about healthcare management in various organisations and for public health policy makers.

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Australia and New Zealand School of Government's (ANZSOG) teaching cases are all set in the public sector, and cover topics including accountability and governance, public value, co-production, change and innovation, collaboration and partnerships, risk management and regulation, with a number of cases dealing with human resource management, and the management of information technology and knowledge.

ANZSOG cases are concise, lively and engaging, and an active window on current public sector practice in the southern hemisphere. 

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Building on its entrepreneurial legacy to advance entrepreneurial thought and action for the world, Babson College partnered with Banco de Chile to immerse 20 faculty members from ten Chilean universities into the rigorous art of entrepreneurship case writing and teaching. The project has produced 11 Chilean entrepreneurship cases, each with an English and Spanish version.

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This collection of free cases are written by Turkish scholars, about Turkish management situations, for Turkish students/learners. They were developed as part of a three-year project funded by Erasmus+.

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These free cases from the Australian College of the Arts (Collarts) are aimed at students studying music organisations in arts management or music business programmes. They are written by eminent music insiders, including Paul Saintilan, Dean of Collarts, previously at EMI Music and Universal Music; Rob Cannon of the Australian Institute of Music who has also held international record company roles; and Michael Smellie, a former Chief Operating Officer at Sony BMG.

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This collection of free cases is part of Copenhagen Business School’s commitment to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME). All the cases focus on aspects of responsible management, including social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. The cases address a number of interdisciplinary subjects making them suitable for a wide range of courses in business schools and universities. New free cases will be added regularly.

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Developed as part of a project co-financed by the Directorate General Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, this free case collection includes 18 innovative teaching cases on technology entrepreneurship.

The cases all have accompanying teaching notes and many have media support items.

Global Health Delivery Project logo

Few resources on the delivery of health services and health technologies in low-resource settings currently exist for educators.

The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University has begun to fill this gap with a series of teaching cases and accompanying teaching notes examining principles of healthcare delivery in low-resource settings that are freely available for download and distribution.

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The International Institute for Management Development's (IMD) collection of free cases includes a case series on the KasKazi Network that deals with the distribution of fast-moving consumer goods to low-income areas in Kenya. The collection also includes 11 'climate saver' cases that showcase corporate best practices in carbon-saving products and processes. The cases were featured at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference thanks to IMD's collaboration with the WWF's Climate Savers.


INSEAD offer a growing collection of free cases on topical subjects.

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This collection of 12 free teaching cases was developed by Medical Peace Work, a partnership of medical organisations and teaching institutions committed to the development of expertise in health work, violence prevention and peace building. The cases depict challenging situations for health professionals who are looking for ways to prevent and reduce violence and other forms of power abuse, and to build trust, understanding, mutually enriching structures and a culture of peace.

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In early 2009, the MIT Sloan School of Management began free distribution of select teaching materials created by faculty and students at the school.

The collection, available on LearningEdge and via The Case Centre, covers a wide array of companies and organisations, industries, and geographies, and focuses on a number of business disciplines.

MNC Whispering

The MNC Whispering video case collection is a series of open-source video cases aimed to bring a more attractive education and training to international business (IB), with a new generation of students who are visually oriented, prefer video over text, and use virtual rather than face-to-face communications.

MNC Whispering uses the original methodology developed and used by Brands Whisper’g®, expanding and testing it specifically for the IB area. 

The cases are co-created between academics and businesses, and narrated by international executives explaining their problems and ‘whispering’ their solutions.

As part of an Erasmus+ Project called Video Case Library 4 International Business (VCL4IB) (KA203 Project 2018-1-BE02-KA203-046832), funded by the European Union, the collection is an open accessed web and video-based one. The project partners KU Leuven (Belgium), University of Leeds (UK), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Poznan University of Economics and Business (Poland), and El Izi Communications Consultancy UK Limited have created an interesting line-up of companies. They come from various backgrounds, operating in different industries, and tackling many of the IB problems that firms encounter when internationalising.

An exciting and up-to-date collection, each video case covers a number of IB topics. In this collection, there are 14 video cases and 21 knowledge clips which were produced between 2019-2021. The collection is designed to cover many of the IB topics that feature in regular textbooks. Yet, all information is delivered in a video format, with each chapter being covered with real life cases. Following each video case, one or more knowledge clips are added to relate the video cases to academic insights, theories and frameworks. These knowledge clips can be used as part of a class discussion, or as study material linking the specific case to theory.

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The Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) provides a growing set of teaching cases in its free case collection. At the moment it provides three free case collections.

The first group – QuInnE cases – derive from the research results of QuInnE, an interdisciplinary EU-funded project investigating the interdependence of job quality and innovation and its effect on job creation.

The second group – ENABLE cases – derive from the European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE) project, which develops much-needed education on integrated landscape management using sustainable business models.

The third group – Sustainable Development Goals cases – derive from RSM’s initiative to embed SDGs in its curriculum. These cases explore the complexity of sustainable development, requiring students to go beyond their own specialisations ­in order to understand the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability. 

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Stanford Graduate School of Business has produced a large number of free cases covering subjects such as e-commerce, entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, operations information & technology, political economics and strategic management.

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The Case Centre has partnered with a group of leading business schools to provide this collection of free cases on topical issues.

Currently 10 free cases are available covering a wide variety of subject categories and topics.

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The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology case studies illuminate the thought processes of entrepreneurs, the challenges they face, and the solutions they devise as they develop their businesses. These cases are available without charge to help teachers, students, and aspiring entrepreneurs. At the same time, they may demonstrate to academics and governments the value of entrepreneurial activities in low-income countries.

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