Guide to Case Studies Essay

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A Student’s Guide to Case Studies A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO CASE STUDIES CONTENTS Page 1. Introduction ............ 1 2. The Case Study ............ 1 3. Working On Cases ............ 2 4. Initial Analysis ............ 3 5. A Suggested Approach ............ 4 6. Using Cases In Class ............ 5 7. Preparing A Report ............ 8 8. A Practical Case ............ 11 9. Conclusions ............ 13 10. References ............ 13 11. Appendices ............ 13-18 2 A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO CASE STUDIES 1. INTRODUCTION The aim of this brief document is to help you get the best from the case studies that you will use on your Degree or Masters programme. It covers:- The role of the case study in management programmes Individual analysis of cases Group case discussions Writing up case studies This document should not be regarded as prescriptive since there is no one best way of analysing a case. Interspersed within the document are boxed checklists drawn from several sources (see references on page 13) on different aspects of case work. These provide some summaries or additional perspectives on the points made in the document. 2. THE CASE STUDY The case study or case is an important learning vehicle on all Business programmes. It provides the basis for the identification of issues, the analysis of problems, the development of solutions to these problems and for the consideration of the difficulties in implementing these solutions. Skills development by the case method Analysis Application Creativity Communication Social skills Self analysis We learn through cases in two main ways. First, through our individual analysis of the case and, second, through the subsequent discussion of the issues raised by the case and fellow

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