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Writing a Case Study Analysis

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Guidelines for Writing a Case Study Analysis

A case study analysis requires an investigation to a problem. Then, examine the alternative solutions. Next, propose the most effective solution using supporting evidence.

Preparing the Case

Before you begin writing, follow these guidelines to help you prepare and understand the case study:

1. Read and examine the case thoroughly
Take notes, highlight relevant facts, and underline key problems.
2. Focus your analysis
Identify key issues. Who or what are responsible?
3. Detect solutions
Review: course readings, discussions, outside research, and your experience.
4. Select solution[s]
Consider all supporting evidence, pros, and cons: is this solution genuine?

Drafting the Case

A draft of your analysis should include these sections:

1. Introduction
Identify the key problems and issues in the case study. • Formulate and include a thesis statement, summarizing the outcome of your analysis in 1–2 sentences.
2. Background
Set the scene: background information, relevant facts, and the most important issues. Demonstrate that you have researched the problems in this case study.
3. Choices
Explain why alternatives were rejected or not possible at this time.
4. Solution[s]
Provide one specific and realistic solution. Explain why this solution was chosen. Support this solution with solid evidence.
5. Recommendations
Determine and discuss specific strategies for accomplishing the proposed solution. What should be done and who should do it?

 

Finalizing the Case

Read through your work to check for any gaps or inconsistencies in content. I suggest reading it out loud. It can bring the inconsistencies or gaps to light much faster than reading it in silence to yourself.