Columbia CaseWorks

Columbia CaseWorks develops teaching cases and materials for use in Columbia Business School classrooms. All material is closely tied to and based on the research and expertise of Columbia’s world-class faculty. The program leverages the energy, creativity, and intellectual capital of the School and provides a bridge between theoretical and practical business knowledge. Columbia CaseWorks provides funding and staff support for the development of new cases and teaching materials.

Columbia CaseWorks currently focuses on three main formats:

  • Traditional cases that provide a detailed write-up of a business decision or issue.
  • Shorter, more analytic cases, oriented around real world decisions, consisting of a summary or overview of the issue with background information that includes primary sources such as data sets, articles from journals or the business press, and research reports. Students will have to make decisions based on information that has not been predigested. Faculty expertise in the area will be highlighted.
  • Research briefs that delineate what “state-of-the-art” research says about an important practical business issue or question. These briefs will help students understand and appreciate the insights and practical relevance of faculty research.

Academic Director:
Professor Joel Brockner, Phillip Hettleman Professor of Business

Administrative Director:
Elizabeth J. Gordon MBA ’83

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“Columbia cases showcase the energy, creativity, and intellectual capital of the School, bridge theoretical and practical business knowledge, and improve the learning experience of our students.”

— Glenn Hubbard
Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics

Welcome from the Academic Director, Joel Brockner

Columbia cases bring the School’s thought leadership and real-time access to business into the classroom. Authored by Columbia’s world-class faculty, the cases allow students to examine business issues similar to the ones they will grapple with as business leaders. Our cases help students to develop the analytic and technical skills essential to decision-making in an evolving business environment.