Case studies present a business or management scenario with a narrative of the pertinent facts but, often, leave the central question(s) unanswered. There is a lot of variation in the definition of a case study.
Commercial, educational case studies, like the well-known Harvard Business School Cases, provide structured cases and often also provide teaching notes and other resources to facilitate learning.
Case studies found in business texts and tradtional books, journals and magazines, and even freely available on the Web, may not provide the same structured learning goals as commercial cases. However, they may be valuable for engaging student discussion and problem solving.
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Videos: Analyzing Case Studies
These videos describe methods of case study analysis at Harvard Business School.