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Case Studies 101

A Guide to Case Studies and Case Study Analysis


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What Are Case Studies?
Case studies are detailed accounts of companies, industries, people and projects. The content within a case study may include information about company objectives, strategies, challenges, results, recommendations, and more. Business school case studies can be brief or extensive and may range from two pages to 30 pages or more.

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Where Can I Find Sample Case Studies?
The Internet is a great resource for free sample case studies. To find samples, check out this list of the top five sources for free case study samples or type the words 'sample case studies' into your favorite search engine.

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What Is a Case Study Analysis?
While you are in business school, you will probably be asked to analyze multiple case studies. Case study analysis is meant to give you the opportunity to analyze the steps other business professionals have taken to address specific markets, problems and challenges.

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How Do I Write a Case Study Analysis?
You may be asked to analyze hundreds of case studies while you are earning your business degree. Professors who ask for a written analysis will expect you to read a case, evaluate the case's position and provide recommendations based on your findings. It may be necessary to read the case several times to fully grasp the issues facing the company or industry. Once you are comfortable with the information you can begin writing an analytical assessment.

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Where Can I Get More Help with Case Studies?
You can almost always get help with case studies from your professor, but if you want additional help or if you are interested in discussing case studies with other business school students, visit the Business School Community Forum.

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