Case studies


Case studies are a great way to guide students to understand the application of concepts and problems within real or simulated contexts. You can use them as the basis for teaching activities or to form part of an assessment task.

Some Unit Chairs like to write their own cases but there are also published cases that can be accessed via the library or from external publishers’ websites. When using published resources it is recommended that you write your own questions so that you can contextualise the case within the context of the unit.

Case studies available through the Deakin Library

Through the library, there are 2 main case study databases:

With both of these, new cases are added each year. Both have teaching notes available and your liaison librarian can assist you to access these.

There is also a platform that provides video case studies: HS Talks: The Business & Management Collection. The video lengths vary and some have suggested questions around the cases, but again, it is recommended that you prepare questions for your students that relates to them and other material within the unit.

Other case study resources

For Marketing case studies, in the library there is also Warc with cases focusing on marketing aspects including products and campaigns.

There are also some online organisations that have case studies eg. ANZOG and some of these have teaching notes also.

For more information on accessing and using these cases, please contact your liaison librarian.

Harvard Business Case Studies

The Deakin Library does not subscribe to Harvard Business Case Studies. Unit chairs wishing to use case studies from Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) Education website as course materials to deliver to students, must firstly seek approval for the purchase from their Head of Department and the Associate Dean Teaching and Learning (ADTL). The estimated purchase price can be determined by calculating the HBP price of the case x estimated enrolment numbers. Once purchase permissions are granted, the Unit Chair must then seek assistance from the DBS Support team to build and purchase the required case/s as a coursepack which can then be made available to students. Please note that these resources are most appropriate for postgraduate units and are unlikely to be approved for use in undergraduate units.

Once the required Coursepack has been created and purchased by the DBS Support team, a unique Coursepack URL will be provided to the Unit Chair. The link can then be distributed to students via the unit’s CloudDeakin site so that the students are able to access the case. 

When students first visit the Coursepack’s unique student link, they must complete a short registration process if they don’t already have an account with the HBP Education website. The registration process asks students to supply their names and email address and to create user names and passwords. Once a student creates an account, they are automatically redirected back to the Coursepack to acquire it. As we select the option ‘Institution Pay’ as the payment type when creating the Coursepack, students bypass the purchase process and are immediately allowed to access the Coursepack.

Electronic access to a purchased coursepack is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. After this time, the link will expire and electronic access for viewing and printing will no longer be available.

Only approved coursepacks or institutional access links to content may be posted for student use unless otherwise authorized. Authorized links musts be password-protected, accessible only to students in the course, and taken down at the end of the course. Harvard Business Publishing prohibits the collecting/posting of case, article, or chapter files on “e-reserve” course pages or institutional platform/databases.

An Educators copy of coursepack material is available to download in PDF format – these documents display a watermark printed across the pages, and are authorized for educator review use only. Copying or posting these documents is an infringement of copyright.

Please be aware of HBP’s copyright permissions – All HBP content is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced or distributed, whether in print or electronic form, without permission of Harvard Business School Publishing. Special permissions are required to republish HBP content, and a Case must be republished in full. HBP do not grant permission for any adaptation, edit, excerpt or summary of any Case.  Solutions to the case must not be released.

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