Write a teaching case study

Download our guide to writing teaching case studies or visit our Cases Hub to complete a course. 

Our top tips

Teaching case studies have a distinctive literary style, they are written in the third person, in the past tense and establish an objectivity of core dilemmas in the case. We have gathered some top tips for you to think about as your write your case study. 

Collect information

Cases can be based on primary or secondary data, however where possible, carrying out interviews with the protagonist and others in the organisation often results in a better and more balanced case study.

Structure the narrative

Tell the story in chronological order and in the past tense. Identify and establish the central protagonist and their dilemma in the first paragraph and summarise the dilemma again at the end of the case.

Develop the protagonist

Ensure the protagonist is a well-developed character and that students can identify with their motivations throughout the case.

Get permission

You must include signed permission when you submit your case study and teaching note from the relevant protagonist or company in the case, as well as permission for any material that you don’t own the copyright for. 

Guide to writing teaching cases

Our short PDF guide will give you advice on writing teaching case studies, what makes a great teaching case and what we look for from submissions. 

Download our guide

Watch our eCases video

Watch a short video to help kick start the writing of your case study or visit our video playlist for preparing and writing your case study.

Next steps

Write a teaching note

A well-written case study needs an equally well-written teaching note. Read our how-to guide on how to write a teaching note.

Read our how-to guide

Submit your case study

Submit your case through your chosen channel’s online submission site, find author support and understand your next steps to publish your case study.

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