Case study analysis
In addition to reading and preparing to discuss each of the assigned case studies, students will also prepare an in-depth analysis of two case studies during the semester. You may choose from one of the case studies during sessions 1-4 and one from sessions 5-7. For each case study I have provided several discussion questions. Pick one question and respond to it in depth. The successful case study analysis will not exceed one single-spaced page with 11 point font and one-inch margins. Do not prepare a separate cover page, instead put your name, the class section number (MIS 5801), and the case name in the top-left corner of the header.
The process for submitting your case study analysis is as follows:
- Submit the case study analysis via email to me (at firstname.lastname@example.org) and post it on the class site – no later than two days before the case study is to be discussed in class. The file should be in Microsoft word (.DOC or .DOCX) or compatible (.RTF) format.
- Late submissions will not receive assignment credit.
There is no one particular style for a good case study analysis. But, there are some common elements to excellent submissions:
- The opening of the case study analysis makes it immediately clear what case study and what question is being addressed.
- Specific details are cited regarding facts and problems of the case study. Instead of general observations about information technology or organizations that apply to virtually any problem, specific details are drawn from the case study itself. The more that analyses, observations, and suggestions are tied to the facts and problems presented in the case study, the stronger the write-up is.
- At the same time, each case study is specifically chosen to illustrate general lessons. Thus, after analyzing the details of a case study it is appropriate to discuss how specific issues in that case study have broader application beyond that immediate case study.
- Provide a balanced perspective in analyzing the case study. For example, when making a recommendation explain both the rationale for a recommendation (the why) as well as its feasibility (the how). Well-considered recommendations include discussion of potential threats to success as well as rationale for an organization’s ability to overcome them. Again, the most convincing arguments are those that draw on specific facts and data presented in the case study.