7 Business – General

Miranda Walston

Last update:  May 3/24

Case Studies

Acadia Institute of Case Studies (AICS) [archived]  (Youtube license) by various. Archived case studies to assist educators and which reflect “real-world” situations

Journal of Business Case Studies (JBCS) (various licenses) by various.

This resource publishes papers for business courses using case studies; articles examine research questions from a broad range of perspectives; topics may include but are not limited to accounting, business law, economics, ethics, finance, management, marketing, and related fields; Archives and Current Issues.

Uber Case Study (Youtube license) by MIT OpenCourseWare.

Overview of Uber and its business model.

Stanford Graduate School of Business Case Studies (various licenses) by various.

Click on “Narrow Results” followed by “Available to download at no charge”.

The Sustainable Business Case Book (CC BY-NC-SA) by various.

The Sustainable Business Case Book combines the  theory of sustainability with key concepts, analytical information and contextual information with a collection of cases which provide insights, perspective and practical guidance on how sustainable businesses operate from different business functional area perspectives; can be used as a stand-alone text or as a supplemental textbook for undergraduate courses that have an interest in sustainable business. While the book’s primary focus is on the relationship between business and sustainability, the book can also be used in courses offered in fields other than business, including environmental and earth systems sciences, environmental studies, urban planning, economics and public policy.

Yale School of Management free cases (various licenses) by various

Free case studies and pedagogical materials from the Yale School of Management.


Business and Management Pressbooks Collection  (various licenses) by various.

Topics for this collection of Pressbooks include developing organizational and managerial wisdom; digital accessibility as a business practice; operations management; professional business practice; cultivating your leadership capabilities; global business; small business management.

Business LibreTexts Library (CC BY-NC-SA) by various

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources relating to topics in business.

InTech Book Series: Business, Management and Economics: (open licenses) by various

This link provides a search query which results in topics including innovation management; organization development; organizational behavior management; organizational research; organizational studies; and more.

OpenStax Business Textbooks: (CC-BY) by various

This link provides a search query which provides a collection of textbooks from Open STAX and includes titles on business ethics; business law; entrepreneurship;  intellectual property;  business statistics; organizational behavior; and accounting.

Open Textbook Library (various licenses) by various.

This collection of business textbooks is provided by the Open Textbook Network.  This link is provided as a search of the collection and provides a variety of business related topics.


Introduction to Innovation (CC – BY) Curated and Designed by Katherine Carpenter (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

Innovation, creativity, and adaptability are all critical to success for both organizations and individuals. In fact, innovative and creative thinking are paramount for organizations to survive in a rapidly changing world. In this course, students will learn to productively question the status quo, think creatively about solving challenging and complex problems, and innovate opportunities to create value. They will work individually and in teams to think entrepreneurially and creatively solve a series of challenging and complex problems, as they would in the role of a consultant or professional advisor, as well as, learn about and apply creative problem-solving techniques and develop innovative, viable solutions to solve some of our most pressing challenges. Learning methods include peer reviews, discussions, and assignments focused on defining problems, innovative problem-solving tools, evaluating solutions, and defining success.

OpenLearn: Money and Business (Various CC Licences) by various at the Open University

A collection of open courses and accompanying resources in the areas of business and money.


Bitcoin and Beyond by Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn. (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This volume brings scholars of anthropology, economics, science and technology studies, and sociology together with global political economy (GPE) scholars in assessing the actual implications posed by Bitcoin and blockchains for contemporary global governance. Its interdisciplinary contributions provide academics, policymakers, industry practitioners, and the general public with more nuanced understandings of technological change in the changing character of governance within and across the borders of nation-states. (from book synopsis)

Business Administration, Management and Operations Commons (various licenses) by various.

Open Access Journal articles from around the world. Lists both the most popular – as according to number of downloads – and the most recent.


Business Research (various licenses) Editor-in-Chief: Thomas Gehrig

Journal of Business Case Studies (CC BY) Editor-in-Chief Darja Peljhan, University of Ljubljana,Slovenia

“The Journal of Business Case Studies (JBCS) welcomes case studies designed for use in business and economics courses and articles related to the use of case studies in the classroom.”–website


Apache OpenOffice Draw (Apache License)

This software provides the tools to communicate with graphics and diagrams with a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm.


This is a Canadian created resourceBusiness Math I (CC By-NC-SA) by OER Lab @ Ontario Tech University

This book is aimed at university business students as an introduction to the mathematics required for the field of business. This textbook covers the fundamentals of business precalculus, finance, as well as the applications to general business management, human resources and the economy, marketing and accounting.

Business Writing for Everyone (CC BY-NC) by Arley Cruthers

Business Writing For Everyone is an inclusive guide to writing in the workplace. The book takes a process-oriented, storytelling approach to composition: focusing less on genre and more on the decisions that effective business communicators make. Business Writing For Everyone also contains interactive H5P activities for students to test their learning, and activities for further reflection that instructors can use in the classroom or assign as homework.

Business Writing Style Guide (CC BY-NC-SA) by John Morris and Julie Zwart

The goals of this book are to help students: apply basic concepts for effective and concise business writing; compile a well written report acceptable within a business context; follow a writing process designed for business students; demonstrate critical thinking, reasoning, and persuasion; communicate in writing using a business model; apply resources for improving business writing skills.

This is a Canadian created resourceCustomer Centric Strategy (CC BY-NC-SA) by Kerri Shields

Customer centricity is about organizational transformation making the customer the focus for business decisions, processes, product development, services, and procedures. Some companies purport to be customer centric but they fall short in connecting this concept throughout all functional areas of the business. While it is important to offer superb customer service, being customer centric is far more than that. It’s about mapping the customer journey to discover customer needs and wants, what’s working and what is not, then taking action to improve the customer experience. Customer loyalty is built through providing exceptional customer experiences. This in turn increases revenues through positive company image, referrals, and increased customer lifetime value. Most organizations today realize that they must focus on the customer to remain competitive.

Developing Organizational and Managerial Wisdom – 2nd Edition (CC BY) by Brad C. Anderson

This book presents novel research results in the dynamics of values, rationality, and power in organizations. Through this understanding, readers will gain insights and frameworks to understand others’ actions within their environment. Armed with the knowledge of how values, rationality, and power influence people’s actions, readers will gain tools they can use to navigate the complexity of organizations to foster wise action.

Financial Management for Small Businesses, 2nd OER Edition (CC-BY) by Lindon Robison; Steven Hanson; and J. Roy Black

This book is for those whose financial management focus is on small businesses. The text adapts the traditional financial management themes emphasized in corporate financial management courses to meet the needs of small businesses.

Fundamentals of Business, 3rd edition (CC BY-NC-SA) Adapted by Stephen Skripak with Ron Poff

The book covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organizational structures and operations management; human resources and motivating employees; managing in labor union contexts; marketing and pricing strategy; hospitality and tourism, accounting and finance, and personal finances.

Fundamentals of Business, Canadian Edition (CC BY-NC-SA) Adapted by Business Faculty from Ontario Colleges and eCampusOntario Program Managers

An introductory textbook in business that covers a variety of topics: The Foundation of Business, Economics and Business, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Business in a Global Environment, Forms of Business Ownership, Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business, Management and Leadership, Structuring Organizations, Operations Management, Motivating Employees, Management Human Resources, Union/Management Issues, Marketing: Providing Value, Accounting and Financial Information, and Personal Finances.

This is a British Columbia created resource.Introduction to Entrepreneurship (CC BY-NC-SA) by Katherine Carpenter

Learn about entrepreneurship and what makes entrepreneurs successful, all while developing your entrepreneurial skills.

MS Excel Bootcamp (CC-BY-NC) by LJ Bothell

Basic to intermediate Microsoft Excel skills for the workplace.

Northern Canadian Edition Introductory Business Statistics (CC-BY) by Alexander Holmes; Barbara Illowsky; and Susan Dean

This OpenStax book was imported into Pressbooks on July 23, 2019, to make it easier for instructors to edit, build upon, and remix the content. Introductory Business Statistics is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the one-semester statistics course for business, economics, and related majors. Core statistical concepts and skills have been augmented with practical business examples, scenarios, and exercises. The result is a meaningful understanding of the discipline, which will serve students in their business careers and real-world experiences.

Organizational Behavior ( CC BY-NC-SA) published by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

“Organizational Behavior bridges the gap between theory and practice with a distinct “experiential” approach. On average, a worker in the USA will change jobs 10 times in 20 years. In order to succeed in this type of career situation, individuals need to be armed with the tools necessary to be life-long learners. To that end, this book is not be about giving students all the answers to every situation they may encounter when they start their first job or as they continue up the career ladder. Instead, this book gives students the vocabulary, framework, and critical thinking skills necessary to diagnose situations, ask tough questions, evaluate the answers received, and to act in an effective and ethical manner regardless of situational characteristics.” – website

Public Relations: From Strategy to Action (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Sam Schechter

Public Relations: From Strategy to Action guides students through the process and practice of engaging in the world of public relations. The book teaches audience analysis, campaign planning, strategy, tactics, message development, and media relations for the PR practitioners of today and the future.

Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology- 2nd Edition (CC BY-NC-SA) by Joost Groot Kormelink

This textbook is based on the MOOC Responsible Innovation offered by the TU Delft. It provides a framework to reflect on the ethics and risks of new technologies. How can we make sure that innovations do justice to social and ethical values? How can we minimize (unknown) risks? The book explains: The concept and importance of responsible innovation for society; Key ethical concepts and considerations to analyze the risks of new technologies; Different types of innovation (e.g. radical, niche, incremental, frugal); Roadmap for Responsible Innovation by Industry; The concept of Value Sensitive Design (VSD); and it includes a link to all the web lectures as well as case studies ranging from care robots and nuclear energy to Artificial Intelligence and self-driving vehicles.

Workplace Psychology: Issues and Application (CC BY-NC-SA) by Kris Powers

A compilation of open content for students of Psychology 104: Workplace Psychology at Chemeketa Community College.


Interviews with entrepreneurs (custom open license) from the Khan Academy

Personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs are the basis of this video interview series produced by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Khan Academy.

Media Attributions

This chapter is adapted from Business - General in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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