A case study is a description of an actual situation where a decision has to be made or a problem to be solved. It can be a real situation that has actually happened. Most case studies are written in such a way that the reader takes the place of the manager whose responsibility is to make decisions to help solve the problem. In almost all case studies, a decision of some sort must be made.
The following are a set of short guidelines to get you started. For a detailed case analysis document, go here.
|1.||Read questions – usually they highlight dilemmas/problems – towards the end, they ask for solutions.|
|2.||Read the case study – highlight the main points.|
|3.||Link the main points to the questions/problems.|
|4.||Work out solutions and link these to associated theories.|
|5.||Use examples from the study as a back-up to the theories.|
|1.||Read questions carefully.|
|2.||Look at the marks for each question.|
|3.||Link allocated marks to quantity and quality. If a question is worth 5 marks, for example, you need to mention at least 5 different points for that question. The more information you give per point, the higher the chance that you will get full marks for that point (and the question itself).|
|4.||Link answers to theory (paraphrase and reference).|