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Indiana University Bloomington

Case Studies

Case Studies are narratives of real world problems used in the classroom to engage students to make connections between theory and practice. Often the case is a complicated situation with no clear-cut solution. Discussion leads to the exchange of ideas, an analysis of underlying issues and potential solutions, not to a single "right answer".

Basic Elements of Case Studies

Off Campus Resources

The Harvard Business School Case Method is the most reknowned case method in business education. This site has an excellent introduction to the HBS method. Also available from our library at IC: a 3-CD resource designed by HBS professors with an explanation of both the philosophy behind the method and many helpful tips on teaching cases.

The Art of Writing Readable Cases Suggestions as to how to write cases for your particular audience and objectives