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Case Study Analysis

Assignment Briefing


Title: Business Case Study Analysis

Length: 2,000 words [+/- 10%] [not including appendices, citations, references, and illustrations]


Details: You are required to undertake a thorough analysis of the business [macro] environment for the focal organisation in the case study. In business case analysis there are no clear-cut solutions. Keep in mind that the objective of case study analysis is learning through exploration and critical thinking. There is no one “official” or “correct” answer to a case. Instead, there are usually several reasonable alternative solutions.

It is strongly recommended that you commence work on the analysis of the business case as early as possible in the semester. Students should also familiarize themselves with the grading rubric for this assessment before commencing any analysis on the case. The same grading rubric applies to both case studies.

Case Analysis Report Format: The following format is recommended for preparing this assessment. Assignment Cover Sheet [signed, dated, and fully completed]. The cover sheet must be uploaded to Moodle as a separate document to the case study.

Cover page should include:

  • Subject name and code
  • Title of the assignment
  • Your full name and ID number
  • Teaching associate name
  • Word count: [use Word to generate word count]

Table of Contents [with page numbers]:

  1. E.S.T. Analysis.
  2. Problem Statement
  3. Problem Analysis
  4. Identification of Solutions to the Problem
  5. Evaluation of Solutions to the
  6. Recommended Course of
  7. References
  8. Appendices, Charts, Graphs Illustrations [if applicable]


Please note: There is no requirement to include an executive summary, an introduction, or a conclusion in this assessment.

Useful Guidelines for Preparing a Case Study Analysis

Please note: These guidelines are not intended to be exhaustive. Students will need to thoroughly familiarise themselves with case study analysis methods before preparing this assessment.

P.E.S.T. Analysis – You cannot solve the focal organisation’s problem unless you fully understand the business environment in which the problem is occurring. This section requires you to analyse the business environment using the P.ES.T. framework. Do not simply repeat information from the case. Analyse how the business environment issues are creating problems for the organisation using the P.E.S.T. framework.

Problem Statement – The problem statement must be worded in a clear manner that makes it actionable, i.e. able to be solved. You should only identify the one [1] problem that has the biggest impact on the organisation’s ability to operate in its industry.

In business cases studies, you may find more than one problem facing the focal organisation. Ask yourself: Which is the biggest problem/challenge facing the organisation? [That is, which problem is having the biggest impact on the organisation’s business operations]. Why is this the biggest problem? Then, solve that [i.e. the biggest] problem only.

Problem Analysis – Now that you have fully understood the business environment the focal organisation is operating in through your P.E.S.T. analysis, you need to demonstrate an analytical understanding of the business environment elements that caused the problem. Do not simply describe how the problems impacted the organisation, analyse the effect the problems are having on the ability of the focal organisation to operate. In other words, your P.E.S.T. analysis should point you to the various problems impacting the focal organisation. Analyse these problems in terms of their impact. To do so, you must separate problems from symptoms. Analyse how the problem affects the business/corporate objectives of the organisation as well as the macro environment[s] in which the organisation operates.

Identification of Solutions to the Problem – You are required to identify three [3] solutions to the problem you identified in the previous step. Ask yourself: Are the solutions relevant in the current business environment? Do the proposed solutions address the root problem facing the organisation? HINT: All proposed solutions must be capable of solving the focal organisation’s identified problem.

Some case studies suggest or propose solutions [by the case study author]. These solutions should not be used because: [1] they were not based on your P.E.S.T. analysis, your identified problem, your analysis of that problem. In other words, these solutions do not allow you to apply your critical thinking skills.

Evaluation of Solutions to the Problem – Discuss and justify the process of evaluating each solution. Are the evaluations consistent with the business environment in which the focal organisation operates? [The evaluation criteria do not have to be the same for each solution, however, the criteria must be logical in terms of the business environment in which the focal organisation operates]. The logic comes from detailed research derived from academic literature.

Recommended Course of Action – From the evaluation of the solutions [in the previous step] that potentially solve the focal organisation’s problem, select the one best solution that you recommend the organisation adopts to solve their problem. The remaining two solutions should be ranked in order of the strength the solution has in solving the organisation’s problem. That is after you have recommended the best solution, from the remaining two solutions, which is the second-best? Which is the third-best? Why?

Referencing and Citations:


  • A minimum of 15 relevant references must be cited using in-text and end of section references


  • All references sources cited, must be read, and thoroughly understood before being included in this
    • Appropriate use of APA style for in text citations and


Writing and formatting:

This assessment must be presented professionally. General writing issues such as poor spelling, grammar, English expression, formatting, etc. will attract penalties ranging from 10% of the available marks. This case study should be formatted as follows:

  • PDF document only, A4 size
  • One [1] single file [all your report must be uploaded as one single file]
  • 12-point serif font [e.g., Times New Roman, Garamond, or Cambria]
  • Fully justified paragraphs, 5 cm spacing
  • Normal margins [2.54 cm left, right, top and bottom]

How To Analyze a Case A Student Guide

Fred David What is a case study?

A case study is best described as a well-orchestrated short story that presents essential information and data on corporate operations. As opposed to, say, a finance or production or marketing case which presents material primarily on one functional area only, a strategic management case takes a wholistic view of corporate operations from the perspective of the firm’s board of directors and/or its senior executives.


Are there different types of case studies?


The answer here is “yes”! In general, there are three types of strategy-oriented case studies.


The first type is the problem-oriented case study. In these cases, senior management is faced with a set of circumstances that require it to make a series of strategy-oriented decisions. Sometimes the problem to be solved, or the strategy issue to be resolved is obvious. In other cases, one needs to determine what the problem is before looking for a solution. In both instances, the student-analyst is required to make a number of judgements about the actions to be taken, along with a justification for these actions.


The second type of case study is one which presents overall information on a corporation without, however, presenting a problem or issue that needs to be resolved. As opposed to the problem solving case, these cases are usually designed to give the student a top down view of corporate operations: the businesses that it is in; the markets that it serves; the technologies that it uses; its financial condition; its organizational structure, etcetera, as a way of providing the student with a senior-level perspective on corporate operations. In these cases, the students-analyst is required to show an understanding of how the corporation is organized, how it operates, and provide some rationale explaining why the corporation operates in the manner set out in the case study.


The third type of case study is one which presents information on the leadership style of the firm’s chief executive officer. In these cases, specific information is usually provided on the actions that he may, or already may have taken, to change or otherwise modify the corporate culture; corporate and divisional level organizational changes; and human resource management concepts and practices. Information on training programs within the company, “employee-empowerment” practices, executive selection procedures are very often part and parcel of this type of leadership-oriented cases. As with the second type of case study described above, the student-analyst is required to show an


understanding of the rationale for each of these separate strategic policies and actions, and how these contribute to the overall strength of the corporation.


There may, of course, be other types of strategy case studies but virtually all of them will fall into one of the three categories described above. Some case studies will, of course, contain segments which incorporate information and data relevant to each of the types described above. However, the overall focus of the case study will, in most instances, fall quite distinctly within one of the three categories noted above.


Are there other types of case studies? The answer here is most likely yes. These variations, however, don’t show up very often in the literature of the field.


Living with the information set out in the case.


Except as you are required to do some additional research on the company or industry featured in the case study at hand, make every effort to live with the material presented in the case.


A word of explanation is essential here. When presented with a case study, whether it be a strategy, manufacturing, marketing, finance or other type of case, many students try to make judgements on matters for which no information or data has been provided!


The best way to avoid this error is to review what you have written [or the notes that you have made on the case] and ask yourself a very basic question; what information is in the case that supports the judgements or conclusions that I have made? Very often, the answer will be “very little”, that is to say, you were being intuitive as opposed to objective in your approach to the project at hand! A good case analysis is an objective one in which you don’t reach for solutions or judgements for which there is no basis in the material with which you have to work.




Looking for a central issue or problem.


Study hint! Be patient and read the case through once in its entirety before taking notes and trying to make judgements about the material that is set out in the case. After you have done that, push yourself to come to an understanding of why the author wrote the case and his teaching goal for it. In other words, see if the case fits into one of the three categories noted above. By doing this, you will get a better handle on the case, and be better prepared to discuss the strategy-oriented material set out before you. Asking yourself a series of questions will also help. For example:


  • Does the case present a problem or series of problems to be solved?


  • Does the case present an overview of the role of the CEO in bringing about change?


  • Does the case present a more generalized view of the scope and content of the businesses and markets that the firm is in?


Once you have come a reasonable conclusion here, you can more readily absorb the material in front of you and maximize the learning process that is the basic goal of any case study.


General hints, clues and suggestions


There are a number of methodologies useful in the analysis of strategy-oriented cases that are normally incorporated into strategic management texts. Having read the case through once, make a quick check through your textbook to see if the information in the case relates to the concepts discussed in the book.


If the case write-up is problem-oriented, and you are being asked to solve the problem, avoid the “boss is dumb syndrome”. Most senior executives know what they are doing, and why they are doing it. More often than not, they choose a reasonable course of action for the company based on the facts [and economic and market conditions] as they then know them. Don’t try to second guess them. Rather build on what they have done as a way of enhancing your own background and skills.


If the case write-up is more general in its scope and content, prepare an summary outline of the case using, where relevant, headings such as: leadership style; human resource policies; markets and marketing policies; technological issues; globalization trends; mission statements; etcetera. If there is no “problem” to be solved, the best approach here is to do [a] an analysis of the contents of the case while [b] assessing the probable teaching goals for the case assumed by your instructor.


Given all of the above, it is safe to assume that there is no one right answer to a case analysis. At best, there are answers or solutions that are reasonable given the data and information at hand. But they are only reasonable if there is information and data that can be used to back up your conclusions. This means, parenthetically, that you need to do a reality check on yourself and your work from time to time. Compare the facts as presented in the material in the case with your completed analysis. Do the facts support your conclusions? Are you sure?


This latter point leads to a final one. And that is that you can learn a lot from your peers, if only you will discuss their work and yours with them. The reality of most case write- ups is that they contain an awful lot of complex material and data that is not as easily analyzed and understood as one would like. Moreover, any serious analyst brings his own background to the case study. If he is a finance person, he’ll look to the numbers first as a way of getting at the required case analysis. If he is a marketing person, he’ll look to


marketing policies and practices first and probably concentrate on them. Since you are neither expected to, nor can you. in fact, know everything that you would like to know, getting into a work sessions with your peers can be a time-saving way of maximizing the learning process [and your grade]. Try to find time for it before you set your final ideas, analyses, and solutions into concrete. Remember here that this is what you will be expected to do once you are in the corporate world. Why not take advantage of the time and freedom that you now have to get an early leg up on the stresses, strains, and benefits of working in a group of interested [and interesting] people.

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