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Faculty & Staff Guide: Case Studies

Requesting Case Studies

Can I request case studies and tutor notes (if available) for use with NCI courses?

Yes, the Library supplies case studies to faculty and students for use in class. The Library requires at least 7 days’ notice for the supply of case studies, which have to be purchased. 

The Library sources the case studies from the following providers: Case Centre, Emerald, WARC: Marketing/Research resource.

Sage Business Cases

SAGE Business Cases is designed to engage students in applying core concepts to practice through the use of examples from the global business environment. Offered on SAGE's digital library platform, SAGE Knowledge, these 2,500 cases are integrated with SAGE's journal, book, video, and reference content, allowing for a rich scholarly environment and enhanced discovery.

The wide depth and breath of SAGE Business Cases is essential for Academics whether it is for research or teaching purposes. Business Cases includes short vignettes, narrative long form, written using both field research and publicly available sources. Many Cases include teaching notes and discussion questions to ensure effective classroom use. 

Topics include Marketing, Operations Management, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, International Business, Human Resource Management, and more.

In order for faculty to access teaching notes you must create a profile and get a verification code from your Librarian:

  1. Log in to your profile or create a new profile by clicking "Profile" in the top right corner and following the instructions
  2. Tick the box called "SAGE Business Cases Instructor Access"
  3. A new box will appear called "Verification Code"
  4. Enter your verification code (available from your librarian) and click Save

1. The Case Centre [formerly ECCH]

 The Case Centre is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the case method of learning. This subscription service is made up of management case studies and journal article reprints is a unique and    accessible   resource of teaching materials.


A subscription service, The Case Centre:

NCI Lecturers accessing Case Clearing House Materials:

You must register your NCI email address & identify yourself as an NCI Lecturer Confirmation by the Case Clearing House can take up to 5 working days [they do this by email address & contacting the NCI Library]

You will receive a confirmation email to your NCI email account from the Case Clearing House, once you have clicked on this link your registration will be processed

  • Once your registration has been confirmed you will be able to access ‘Draft’ copies of case studies & teaching notes [where they are available]
    1. Draft copies can be used by registered educators/lecturers to assess cases for class use or for your own personal research.
    2. Case Clearing House is for use by lecturers only & is not available to students
  • Once you have identified case(s) that you want to use in class please do the following
    1. Copies of case studies that you want to use in a classroom setting must be ordered via the Library, please contact by email to arrange this. 
    2. When ordering case studies please include class code, year, module of study & number of students in the class
    3. The link from cases ordered from the Case Clearing House & used Online expire after 6 months (from date of order)
    4. You will receive an email from the Library with links to the case(s) requested which you may then put on a link from Moodle

Emerald E-Cases

Emerald E-Cases is a growing digital library of over 1,500 real-world case studies on a wide range of industries and disciplines including content from Emerald and licensed cases from international business schools. From 2001 to date, these cases are ideal to use as examples of business and management issues and are updated regularly to maintain current awareness and keep teaching material fresh and original.

Students may access the Emerald E-Cases (case studies) via the Library A-Z Databases.

Lecturers may use the case studies & request students to use them.  The Case Studies may also be placed on Moodle for use with your teaching.

You will have to register as a Faculty/Staff member of NCI using your NCI Staff email account in order to access the Teaching Notes.

Important Note: In order to access the teaching notes, you will need to ensure that you are being authenticated by your institution in the first instance. This is evidenced by the welcome message you receive when you visit our homepage at You should see NCI’s name here:

You will then need to login (or create) to your user profile before accessing a case study and the link to the Teaching Notes will be displayed. For further info, please see below: