Business students, and even seasoned business experts, can learn from the experiences of other real-life organizations and decision-makers. The Case Development Centre (CDC) at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) supports case-based management education by turning exceptional business and management experiences into powerful learning tools. We connect world-class research, education, and business by developing high quality case studies.

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If you’re working on a case, working on a white paper – or have an idea that needs developing, then we can offer guidance, assistance and training. Here’s a list of links to the services of the RSM Case Development Centre.

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Case studies are a popular teaching method in management education and in-company trainings. Participants work to solve real-life business challenges and learn from actual decisions taken by managers.

RSM’s Case Development Centre provides published cases to a wide range of users. We also offer a number of services to our clients, including case writing courses, guided case writing services, case method workshops, and case material optimisation. We constantly innovate our case content and presentation to meet user needs in the digital age.

By working with CDC, organisations can benefit in many ways:

  • Showcasing expertise or leadership;
  • Enhancing reputations in professional communities;
  • Increasing public awareness of services, products, innovations or social responsibility;
  • Facilitating internal training and team development;
  • Recruiting new talent; and
  • Strengthening ties with academia and with Erasmus University Rotterdam’s business schools.

Individuals and organisations can access the entire RSM case collection through The Case Centre. Depending on the content and purpose of use, some cases are offered for free.

Staff at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) have free access to all RSM cases. There are currently over 200 cases available, and new cases are always being added. EUR staff can browse the collection in our Case Catalogue and request copies of the cases and/or teaching notes they wish to use in their teaching.

Faculty at RSM also have priority access to CDC services: case writing by CDC staff, guided case writing to facilitate you in creating your own, workshops on how to use the case method and how to develop cases, and case material optimisation. We can also help you to select suitable case materials and advise you on integrating them in your teaching. 

In addition to the RSM case collection, the UK-based Case Centre offers free cases produced by many other universities. Erasmus University Library also has a subscription to the SAGE business case collection that is free to all EUR staff. 

For RSM MSc programme teachers

RSM has a contract with Harvard Business Publishing that allows teachers to use five Harvard cases per student per year at a reduced rate in MSc programmes. This manual explains how to incorporate Harvard cases into the Canvas pages for your course. 

Case catalogue

Interested in reading our business cases? Visit the case catalogue.

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SDG cases

The Sustainable Development Goals case series derives from RSM’s initiative to embed SDGs in its curriculum.

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Multimedia cases

Explore special cases developed by the Case Development Centre. 

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About us

Case studies developed and written by the Case Development Centre (CDC) at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) are used as teaching and training aids by educational institutions, companies, and governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

We develop case studies by working closely with academia and businesses. The cases bring first-hand knowledge of business practices to management education and are an effective way of communicating management theory to practitioners. Our cases are distributed through reputable outlets including The Case CentreIvey Publishing, Harvard Business Publishing, and SAGE Publications. Some of our cases have also been adapted into articles and stories for publications such as the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review.

RSM cases have won major international case writing competitions, such as the Case Centre Awards and Competition and the EFMD Case Writing Competition. Some of these award-winning cases – like those on TomTom and Fairphone – are among the most popular management teaching materials in the world.

RSM CDC also provides a growing number of free cases on social, environmental and economic innovation, as well as on sustainable development. These cases make it easier for educators around the world to teach these topics and promote discussion about these timely and highly relevant issues.

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