At times, librarians are asked if we have Harvard Business School case studies.
The library does have access to many of the Harvard Business Review Case Studies, via our subscription to the Harvard Business Review in EBSCO’s Business Source Premier.
To locate Harvard
Business Review case studies in Business Source Premier, type in 'Harvard
Business Review' as an 'SO Publication Name' and select ‘case study’ as a
document type. You’ll retrieve over 300 results:
This is the limit of what HBR case studies are available in our holdings. We are available to assist students in their case studies research when needed.
The more popular variety of Harvard case studies, however, are the Harvard Business School Case Studies, which are only available to be purchased online. The HBS studies are based upon actual companies and situations, whereas the HBR cases are fictionalized (although some may be based upon HBS studies).
NYU Poly University describes the distinction between the two, and how students and libraries use them. To wit:
Due to copyright restrictions, libraries cannot purchase Harvard Business School case studies or put them on reserve. Students can purchase them directly through Harvard Business Publishing for about $6.95 each. Instructors can purchase the rights from the publisher to photocopy their personal copy for students. Confirm with your instructor on how to access case studies required for your course.
The Harvard Business Review does not include the Business School case studies, however it does publish one case study per issue. These generally deal with fictitious companies, but are good studies of current problems faced by companies. The Harvard Business Review is available online via Business Source Premier.