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The Case Centre
The Case Centre is the independent home of the case method. We are dedicated to advancing the case method worldwide, sharing knowledge, wisdom and experience to inspire and transform business education across the globe. We are a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. Find out more about our history.
- distribute the world’s largest collection of management case studies, articles and books on behalf of all the major business schools and internationally respected authors worldwide
- provide training in case method teaching, learning and writing led by globally renowned experts
- run international case competitions and awards
- offer scholarships to unpublished case writers and new case teachers
- publish books and articles by eminent case method specialists
- offer authors an efficient and effective worldwide case publishing and distribution service
- curate the annual #WorldCaseTeachingDay.
We are a registered charity and currently have over 500 academic and corporate members from all over the world. Our members are a vital part of The Case Centre community and at the heart of everything we do.
We are governed by our Memorandum and Articles of Association. Our executive committee, comprising up to fourteen annually elected academic representatives from member organisations, meets three times a year to establish our policy and oversee our progress.
Our US operation is overseen by a board of directors from academia and business.
We have a team of 23 staff based at Cranfield University, UK, and Babson College, Massachusetts, US.
The Case Centre UK Registered Office:
Cranfield University, Wharley End
Beds MK43 0JR, UK
t +44 (0)1234 750903
The Case Centre US Registered Office:
Babson College, Babson Park
Wellesley MA 02457, USA
t +1 781 239 5884
Richard McCracken is The Case Centre’s Director and a worldwide ambassador for the case method. He regularly represents the international case community at conferences, workshops and competitions across the globe and sits on the judging panels for The Case Centre’s annual case method awards and competitions. He also helps judge the EFMD Case Writing Competition, CEIBS' Global Contest for the Best China-Focused Cases and has previously judged the African Association of Business Schools competition. Richard is a trustee of the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC).
Before joining The Case Centre, Richard was Head of Intellectual Property at The Open University (OU) where he was instrumental in the development and launch of the OpenLearn initiative to make the OU’s educational resources freely available worldwide via the Internet.
The case method
Cases are usually written documents of five to ten pages that describe a business problem or dilemma. Many cases are about real-life situations faced by real companies, and are either written in co-operation with the company or based on published sources. Students are required to decide what they would do to resolve the challenge or difficulty.
Many cases have accompanying teaching notes to help tutors plan their sessions. See our bestselling cases.
The case method was pioneered in the early twentieth century at Harvard University, US. It has since become the preferred teaching method at most of the world’s leading business schools. It is also used to teach law and medicine.
Students are asked to read a case and be prepared to analyse and discuss it in depth under the guidance of a tutor. The aim is to devise a solution or plan of action to deal with the problem or dilemma presented in the case. Most faculty and students familiar with the case method believe it is the most enjoyable and effective way to learn.
Each year we compile a list of our bestselling cases. Find out more.
Our prices vary depending on who the customer is. For example, educators at member organisations pay the lowest price per item, while corporate customers pay more. An electronic download of a case costs between $4.35/€4.80/£3.70 and $8.80/€9.00/£6.45 per copy.
The case method is used by most of the world’s leading business schools. However, some business schools still rely on more traditional teaching methods such as lectures.
Cases are written by faculty in business schools across the world. Post-graduate students or research associates often work under the guidance of faculty to help with the research and writing. See our latest ranking of the Top 40 Bestselling Case Authors.