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This guide lists websites and databases containing case studies including where to purchase Harvard Business Review Case Studies. Also provided are search tips for locating case studies.

Definition and citing

Case Study: an intensive analysis of an individual unit (such as a business, person or community) stressing developmental factors in relation to environment.

This guide offers tips on how to research case studies. For the purposes of this guide and the needs of GGU staff, case study resources include, not only teaching case studies, but articles/chapters that describe organizations' real situations and how they dealt with issues, solved problems, etc.

For information on citing case studies and other references please follow this link to our citing page:

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Searching for Harvard Business Review Case Studies

Case Studies from Harvard Business School and other publishers are sometimes made part of class assignments. The content of these case studies is severely restricted and is explicitly unavailable under traditional fair-use exceptions to copyright for use in educational settings without individual purchase of each case study used. The Harvard Business School, specifically, has instituted a policy by which any faculty member or student who needs to use an HBS Case Study, can only do so in the following ways:

*These rules were established by Harvard Business Publishing, not the library.

  • The Professor can purchase a license to use the Case Study in class. This can be done through this link: Harvard Business Publishing for Educators http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cb/register
  • The student can purchase the article/case study from HBSP for a one-time use. This can be done here (after signing in or creating an account (upper right): Harvard Business Publishing https://hbr.org/store

In summation: if a Harvard case study is assigned, check to see if there is a coursepack already arranged for your course. Look under the comments section for the course in the course schedule. (it may read something like: “This online course requires you to purchase a case packet from Harvard Business School. http://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/access/xxxxxx If not, you must purchase it directly from Harvard Business Publishing.

Case studies may not be:

  • copied from library databases for use in class
  • borrowed or purchased by the Library Interlibrary Loan Department
  • posted on "e-reserve" course pages for student access
  • posted in "electronic coursepacks" that link to the digitized case study content
  • included in course management systems (like Moodle). Such unauthorized postings are equivalent to distributing copyrighted content to students without permission, which infringes the publisher’s 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.

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