A case study is a description of an actual situation involving a decision to be made or a problem to be solved.

Business cases summarise fictional or real life events faced by managers, companies, and industries. Cases are used for educational or training purposes, or as the basis for problem solving events like business school case competitions. There are publishers, such as Harvard Business School Press, which produce and sell cases for teaching and learning purposes. There are also several other sources for case studies including books, journals, and free (open access) online sources.  

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Emerald teaching case studies give you  the opportunity to explore real world challenges and test their decision-making skills before taking their knowledge to the workplace.  Emerald cases are rigorously peer-reviewed and 100% of cases in our Emerging Markets Case Studies (EMCS) or The CASE Journal (TCJ) collections have teaching notes to help you facilitate dynamic classroom discussion and make the most out of your case study.

A number of universities and organizations provide access to free business case studies.  Below are some of the best known sources.


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Once you have identified a case study that you wish to analyze, the sources listed below can help you analyze the case materials.

Cengage Learning – Case Studies

Explains how to effectively analyze cases and write a case study analysis. Provides a checklist and explanation of areas to consider, suggested research tools, and tips on financial analysis.

Guide to case analysis

From the publisher McGraw Hill. Includes sections on objectives of case analysis, preparing a case for class discussion, preparing a written case analysis and the Ten Commandments of Case Analysis.

How to analyze a case study

From the publisher Prentice Hall: “This Hands-on Guide presents a structured framework to help you analyze case studies.”



A case interview is a type of job interview technique used mainly by management consulting firms to screen candidates by assessing analytical skills in a pressured real-time environment. Below are several resources that may be helpful when preparing for a case interview.


Free blog content, but registration required. Caters to aspiring management consultants. Founded by Victor Cheng, author of “Case Interview Secrets,” who is a frequently cited expert on the case interview.

Interview Preparation Tips (Bain)

Marc Consentino: Case Interview Workshop (webinar recording)

Marc Cosentino, author of Case in Point, conducts workshops for all academic levels at numerous colleges and graduate schools. This workshop was recorded in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Practice Case Interviews (Boston Consulting Company)

Reviews consulting interview process and tips.

Preparing for the Case Interview (Deloitte)

Deloitte’s case interview prep tool allows you to practice problem-solving skills, analytical ability, and strategic and logical thinking.


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The case method is a teaching approach that uses cases to place students in the role of people who were faced with difficult decisions at some point in the past. Below are some resources that may be helpful to instructors who are using the case method.