We allow purchasers to download electronic copies without a “digital wrapper.” We feel that it is impossible to stop a person from making unauthorized copies if they are intent on doing so. However, purchasers must agree to our terms and conditions, which state that each download is for one use only. We state clearly on the site that multiple uses of materials require additional permissions purchases. We offer faculty authors the option of making their materials available only in hard copy if they so desire.
All types of participant-centered, experiential classroom materials are welcome on The Case Studies website. Typical submissions include Harvard Business School-style discussion-based case studies, negotiation and mediation role plays, and workshop-based case studies used in Problem Solving Workshop. We will also accept background and technical notes and videos designed to supplement existing experiential classroom materials. Often, teaching notes and course notes accompany the materials upon submission. Teaching notes greatly facilitate the adoption of case studies by faculty in other educational institutions.
The Case Studies website accepts materials created by or under the supervision of HLS faculty and Program Directors and their affiliates. Students and student assignments can be a great resource for producing case studies, but students own the intellectual property they produce for course credit. Any published material comprised of or based on student work requires the student’s release in advance of publication. Please note that The Case Studies website does not pay royalties to authors at this time.
Any member of the public who registers on the site with a valid email address can purchase and download electronic copies of materials. Educators and staff at non-profit and educational institutions may also download free “desk copies” of materials. These are watermarked copies for review only. We take steps to ensure that only registered educators can access teaching notes or manuals.
The Case Studies Program is also happy to provide guidelines, training, and writing support as needed to help authors produce teaching notes.
If you plan to distribute at least one product on our site and if you are an HLS faculty member, we will create an author page for you on the site, which will include a short bio, a photo, and links to your faculty page and any affiliated program pages. See a sample author page.
The Case Studies Program staff will upload your materials to the site. However, we need certain pieces of information to present materials consistently, such as an abstract, learning goals, geographic setting, etc. See a sample product page. The Case Studies Program will help organize and capture this information. We also adhere to a specific format and branding for materials offered for distribution on the site. The Case Studies Program is happy to convert your materials to the Case Studies format.
Permissions to republish copyrighted materials and releases for student authors and primary sources must be obtained in advance of publication. The Case Studies Program will work with authors to identify and obtain these permissions. However, as with other publications, responsibility for verifying that case studies are properly sourced and released rests with the authors.
The contributing program must assume the cost of translating case studies into a foreign language, if it so desires.
The money from net sales (after credit card fees) can be returned to the program that contributed the materials or can be designated to offset Case Studies Program expenses.
Contact Lisa Brem, the Case Studies Program Manager, at (617) 495-8689 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a discussion-based case study, instructors may assign questions prior to class to focus students on the particular issues, then use those questions as the launching pad for a lively class discussion. Instructors may identify students who hold opposing views and ask questions designed to stimulate debate; they encourage input from others on both sides of the issue until the students uncover most or all of the learning points identified in advance by the instructor.
Workshop-based case studies use class discussion of key topics, but also include some type of exercise, simulation, or role play. Often students are required to work alone or in groups to produce work product, such as a legal brief, a press release, draft legislation, or legal opinion.
Many cases also come with guidance in the form of Teaching Materials, see About Teaching Manuals for more information.