On the Case with Sage Business Cases

Case studies are a tried-and-true part of business school curricula. They tell stories about how companies and individuals respond to business opportunities and challenges. The story-telling aspect of these tools is represented in the titles of several cases available in Sage Business Cases, a resource that hosts them. There are many “tales” told, such as: “A tale of two properties: debt strategies for financing commercial real estate,” “Sara Lee: a tale of another turnaround,” and the slightly less traditional “Leading from the margins: Paulina in Shakespeare’s A winter’s tale.”

 

The Sage Business Cases platform includes not only original cases produced by Sage, known as Sage Originals, but also cases from several content partners including the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, Yale School of Management and several international providers. A complete list of contributors is available here

You can choose to search across the platform or browse by categories like discipline and region. There are a broad range of disciplines covered, from standards like accounting, finance, strategic management and entrepreneurship, to more specialized areas like crisis management and negotiation.  

The Advanced Search option is available at the top of each page on the platform. It allows you to build a more sophisticated search by looking within certain fields, e.g. title, abstract, as well as providing an option to limit results by the number of words in the case to find more in-depth cases. One thing to be aware of when using the Advanced Search is that it defaults to searching across the entire Sage platform, so you will need to select Cases under Content Types to limit to cases.

 

Express Cases are a subset of Sage Originals designed to provide a bridge between news events and academic business concepts and theories. They are released in several batches each year in order to capitalize on current events and allow instructors to easily bring those discussions into the classroom. 

On the other side of the spectrum are Enhanced Cases, which include data sets or video content. Enhanced Cases may also include teaching notes or other supplementary teaching materials. Faculty members should contact lippincott@wharton.upenn.edu or their department’s librarian to request access to teaching support materials.  

Cases are also indexed in Franklin, so they will also show up in the regular results list, along with books, videos and other types of content. While they aren’t books, they are categorized as such in Franklin. As shown in the screenshot below, you’ll be able to easily connect directly to the full-text of the desired case by using the Connect to full text link. 

 

Research Spotlight: Do Risk Disclosures Matter When It Counts? Evidence from the Swiss Franc Shock

Datapoints’ Research Spotlight series returns to highlight a paper co-authored by Wharton Accounting faculty member Luzi Hail. Published in the Journal of Accounting Research 59 (1), “Do Risk Disclosures Matter When It Counts? Evidence from the Swiss Franc Shock” uses the 2015 decision by the Swiss National Bank to abandon the minimum euro-Swiss franc exchange rate to examine how the quality of previous risk disclosures enables investors to more knowledgably process and interpret new information. 

The authors used Bloomberg to extract minute-by-minute intraday spread data from 237 publicly traded firms with a primary listing in Switzerland. They were also able to narrow the list to firms that were constituents of the SSIP at the end of 2014. Bloomberg is the definitive source of information for security pricing, indicative and fundamental data, customized analytics and business news. 

For more information on using Bloomberg, please contact a Lippincott Librarian.