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Politecnico di Milano

Case Study Methodology

Politecnico di Milano via Polimi OPEN KNOWLEDGE


This course aims at providing students and participants with the theoretical and practical information and guidelines to:

  • Become knowledgeable about the definitions and main rules of qualitative research and case study;
  • Define the case study methodology and understand its domain of application and its different types (descriptive, explanatory, exploratory);
  • Identify and apply the key steps to conduct a case study, by means of a practical example of its application in a scientific article (Ghezzi, A., Cavallo, A. (2018). Agile Business Model Innovation in Digital Entrepreneurship: Lean Startup Approaches, Journal of Business Research DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2018.06.013).

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online.


No formal knowledge is required.


The forum of this MOOC is freely accessible and participation is not guided; you can use it to compare yourself with other participants, or to discuss course contents with them.


The course is organized into different weeks and modules. At the end of the course, you will find a quiz to check your understanding.


The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions. You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website.

Once you have successfully passed the course, you can request the Certificate of Accomplishment without waiting for the end of the edition.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.



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  • Since Case Study Methodology approach is used in several disciples; thus, please add some examples in the content of the course from other fields. It will help to better understand from their background knowledge and relevant to their field.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course for the novice researcher. Be careful to know that this is the methodology that you want to use or at least one that you want to consider. Otherwise, you might be motivated to use it because it is familiar rather than because it is the most beneficial.

    Highly recommended!
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    Iltimass Gouazar

    Iltimass Gouazar completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Very useful course. I'm a medical student and although it's meant for business school students I found it to be interesting and informative. Thank you!

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