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Project Management: Case studies & tools

Using databases to identify case studies

You can search for Case Studies within Emerald, just click on the link above.

Within the database, perform your search as normal using keywords that you have identified as being useful for your topic. Emerald helpfully provides a results list which will include journal articles, book chapters, and a separate list comprised solely of case studies. Click on the "Case Study" tab to access them.

The easiest way to identify case studies in Proquest is to include the term "case stud*" in your search. 

The * is a truncation symbol and instructs the database to simultaneous search for study and studies. You can use it in many other situations too! For instance searching for "Project Manage*" will include results for Manager, Managers and Management (but that's another story). 

Business Source Complete is a business specific database that gives you a wide range of options for refining your search. If you want to look specifically for a case study, scroll down to the "Limit your results" section and select "Case Study" from the options provided in the Document Type field. 

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There is a wealth of information available online about Project Management, including on sites like YouTube. has identified the top 10 YouTube Channels for Project Management videos based on views. 

Visit this website for access and discover content created and promoted by groups like the Project Management Institute, the Association for Project Management, the International Institute for Learning and more. 

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What is a case study?

A case study can be defined as:

"An empirical enquiry that investigates a contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context" (Yin, 2003, p. 13). 

They can be helpful as they tend to highlight the complexities of activities, events or problems as they occur in the real world and how these issues have an impact on decisions made in the workplace.  


Yin, Robert K. 2003. Case Study Research: Design and Methods. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.