• Business Case Studies


    What are case studies?

    Some case studies are specially written for use in business education. These are often produced by academic institutions or professional bodies. Case studies may be based on real companies, organisations and events or they can be fictional. As these are designed to be used as teaching or exam material they may only be available to academic staff.

    The phrase is also used to refer to any short description of a company or other organisation, focusing on a particular issue. This type of case study can be found in books, to illustrate points made in the text, or in journal articles.  

    The phrase 'case studies' can be used in the Library Catalogue to find such material.

    Which eResources have case studies?

    XpertHRWARC and ABI Inform

    XpertHR and WARC contain many case studies in HR and in advertising respectively. 

    ABI Inform can be searched using the phrase "case studies" and any other search term to find case study articles on any subject.

    Useful websites

      Business Case Studies by Company and also by Topic

      Case studies from the Times 100 Business Case Studies illustrating different aspects of business and marketing. Please note that not all case studies are freely available.  Some are duplicated in our Business case studies : the complete collection ebook

      World Business Council for Sustainable Development 
      A collection of case studies submitted by companies illustrating how they have improved their environmental performance and sustainability. 

      Business in the Community
      Case studies of best practice in responsible business. BITC are a business-led charity focused on promoting responsible business practice.
      Arts and Business
      Arts and Business case studies focus on private and public sector partnerships with the arts. Their mission is to encourage and promote stronger partnerships between business and the arts. 

      Case Centre - free cases 
      Case studies from a number of organisations, covering a range of subjects.

      MIT Sloan Management Learning Edge Case Studies 
      Teaching case studies on leadership and entrepreneurship as well as operations, strategy and more...  

      Academic staff can gain access to locked teaching notes by registering for an account using your Solent email address.

      Specific marketing case studies.

      Health and Safety Executive - Business Case studies 
      General business case studies as well as those on SMEs and larger businesses