The increasing popularity of translated cases


With sales of non-English language cases steadily increasing, we look at which languages are most popular, and explore why case publishing schools are translating their cases.

As the case method continues to evolve and become ever more globalised, The Case Centre recognises the importance of providing cases in a variety of languages.

We offer hundreds of translated cases, which are often available in more than one language, ranging from Arabic to Basque, with the current number of translated languages standing at 21.

As proved by INSEAD’s Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, there’s a clear appetite for cases to be available in a variety of languaes.

“The INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute is dedicated to extending the Blue Ocean Strategy|Shift research pioneered by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne and disseminating it to professors, researchers and practitioners around the globe,” said Kim Wilkinson, Blue Ocean Strategy Centre Coordinator.

“As part of our mission to distribute cases across the globe, the Institute is proud to offer a portfolio of its top 10 bestselling and award-winning cases, translated in languages ranging from Chinese and Korean to Spanish and French. All cases are available at The Case Centre. 

“It is an honor to have our foreign language cases used in schools around the world, and further highlights the global impact of Blue Ocean Strategy|Shift, as we continuously strive to create new standards of pedagogical and learning excellence.”

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The appetite for translated cases is underlined by the fact that over the last five years (2013-2017) sales of non-English language cases grew by 132%, while thus far in 2018 (to the end of October) there has been a 47% increase on last year.

In terms of the most popular language sold during 2013-2017, Spanish comes out on top followed by French, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and German.

The number of non-English cases has grown by 50% during the previous five years (2013-2017), with the volume of languages increasing by 20% during the same time period.

Meanwhile, Spanish ranks first for submissions followed by Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, French and Traditional Chinese.

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Matt Quinn, Director of Ivey Publishing, added: “Ivey Publishing works with educators and institutions that are interested in case methodology and looking to develop tools to teach in a global business environment.

“Together with authors we identify cases for translation that are current and geographically relevant. At the moment, we have cases translated into nine languages including French, Spanish and Chinese.  

“Translated cases are a growing category within our library and we are happy to continue to work with educators and institutions to deliver these products.”

Permission to translate

If we don’t stock the desired language, individuals are able to translate cases themselves upon permission from The Case Centre or the school of publisher. More information can be found here.

Bestselling languages

It’s fast and easy to browse the entire range of our translated cases on our website here, while we give you a taste below of the top five bestselling cases in each of the most popular non-English languages.

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Margaret Thatcher

Ryanair – The Low Fares Airline

Marks & Spencer and ZARA: Process Competition in the Textile Apparel Industry

Reinventing Nespresso? The Challenges of a Market Leader Under Attack

Global Knowledge Management at Danone

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Michel et Augustin Cookies: Culinary Adventures Competing Against Food Industry Giants

San Francisco Coffee House: An American Style Franchise in Croatia


Eveil Lumiere

Kimura KK: Can this Customer be Saved?

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New Business Models at Heise Medien: Preparing for the Digital Transformation

Knirps (R): The Original

Akris: Competition in the High-end Fashion Industry

Anna Frisch at Aesch AG: Initiating Lateral Change
A New Assignment for Jim Robertson

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Healthy Life Group

Colgate-Palmolive: Cleopatra

Mountainarious Sport Co

BNL Stores

Industrial Accessories Ltd

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Blockchain: A New Solution for Supply Chain Integrity

Digital Transformation at Novartis to Improve Customer Engagement

Successes and Failure of Amazon’s Growth Strategies: Their Causes and Consequences

Pearson’s Successmaker: Putting the Customer First in Transforming Product Development Processes

Scrums, Sprints, Spikes and Poker: Agility in a Bulgarian Software Company

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