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Writing up casestudies

Casestudies

  • are written summaries or syntheses of real-life cases based upon data and research
  • require you to isolate and think through the key issues involved against both theory and the larger comparative environment
  • identify appropriate strategies for the resolution of the 'case'
  • weigh the pros and cons of the remedial options/strategies
  • recommend and present a rationale for the best resolution

The following is a set of guidelines/considerations developed in order to provide you with a process to develop a casestudies:

  • define the objective of the casestudy
  • identify the important players within the organization, the stakeholders
  • identify other target groups of the organization, whether clients or suppliers
  • state the official mission of the organization studied
  • state the historical mission of the organization
  • state the understood mission of the stakeholders in the organization
  • scale the importance of stakeholders, whether in decision-making or effect of consequences
  • outline the formal decision-making process
  • note informal decision-making processes
  • identify the process of production or service delivery
  • identify support mechanisms
  • identify competitors
  • What is the organizational context of the profession or of competitors
  • state the major problem
  • subsequent problems and implications
  • role of management
  • role of production/service providers
  • identify strategic issues
  • identify decisions needed to be made
  • identify risk factors
  • identify historical precedents
  • define remedial options
  • compare options as regards pros and cons, theory, risk factors
  • make recommendation and justify
  • write an executive summary focusing on key elements

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