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Cases and case studies

Techniques and tools for locating case studies to enhance your instruction.

Open Access Case Studies

 Open Access Business Case Studies

Acadia Institute of Case Studies (Acadia University)  The Institute’s focus is on entrepreneurship and small business operations.

Business Roundtable: Institute for Corporate Ethics: Case Studies

The Institute case studies ground business ethics education in real-world examples. Case materials are available free-of-charge for educational use by faculty, ethics officers, students, and individuals. Teaching notes and other teaching documents will be made available upon request to faculty or corporate trainers only upon verification. Please include your name, title, organization, email and phone information in your request (organizational Web pages where you are listed are recommended, but not required). Case studies dealing with business ethics in Canada selected by  Chris MacDonald a Toronto-based ethics consultant, speaker, and educator.   See also his blog

Canadian Business Ethics Research Network: Case studies dealing with business ethics in Canada

BCIC Case Study Library : (British Columbia Innovation Council)

Workplace Health Case Studies:  from the Canadian Government

Export Development Canada EDC Case Studies:

Export Development Canada also collaborates with Canadian universities to develop international business case studies that focus on Canadian exporters. These cases may be used  for teaching in business faculties, to build recognition for university program specializations, or for entry into business-case competitions.

Access is limited to professors, students should discuss availability with their professor. Professors are asked to email indicating which  cases  you are requesting, as well as a brief description of the course and level in which you intend on using these teaching materials.

MIT Sloan Cases

MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR) is a collection of teaching materials, including case studies, industry notes, and management simulations, that MIT Sloan provides as a free teaching resource open and available to the world. Similar to the course syllabi and materials found on MIT’s OpenCourseWare site, these materials carry a creative commons license allowing them to be downloaded, copied, and distributed.

Some of the cases from the Oikos online case collection are also available as free cases protected under the Creative Commons license. If you are a faculty member and you are interested in teaching these cases, you can request a free teaching note by sending us an email to

The Times 100 Case Studies  (from the United Kingdom)  Case studies on real companies.

World Resource Institute  WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.  Search for  "case studies" to obtain a list.

WBCSD  Case studies from World Business Council for a Sustainable World.


Company-Specific Case Studies

IBM : Showcasing IBM client stories

LANSA : Read how companies across many different industries have developed and implemented innovative solutions using LANSA development tools and solutions.

Primus : customized Primus solution cases.

Schroeder & Schroeder, Inc. : View their  case studies for examples of the areas in which their  consultants have been able to help organizations.

Free Case Studies from Case Study Publishers:

The Case Centre :  The Case Centre is a not-for-profit company that makes available  a few cases for free.

Stanford Graduate School of Business: Need to register first. Seventy-seven free electronically available cases from the Stanford Graduate School of Business from 1998-2012,  categorized by topic.


Open Access Case Study Journals:

Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics of Academic and Business Research Institute.  Available online from 2008 onwards.

Journal of Case Studies in Accreditation and Assessment of Academic and Business Research Institute. Available 2010-2015.

Journal of Business Cases and Applications  published by Academic and Business Research Institute. These articles can be handed out, posted to blackboard, linked to courses without copyright fees.  Teaching Notes are available for most cases and are not password protected, except for Volume I (2007-2008).  Since 2010 Teaching notes are included with cases

International Journal of Case Studies in Management   From HEC Montreal. Free access to business cases in French or English.  You must sign in to use this service. Faculty may use this material for their  students and teaching copies are  sometimes supplied.

Journal of Information Systems Education   a refereed international journal sponsored by the Education Special Interest Group (EDSIG) of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).Available 1989-present with a few missing issues.


 Adapted  from Ryerson University Library & Archives, April 17th, 2016.