...CaseAnalysis Guidelines & Suggestions
Content: Your case write-up should focus on and answer all the key questions in the syllabus – do not omit any of the questions. The length limitation on this paper is short, so please jump right into answering the questions. There is no need to summarize your points in the beginning or to review what happens in the case. You must use your own judgment as to which questions need more space than others, however, remember that all claims or recommendations must be backed up by strong and rigorous analysis. Focus on analysis. A strong analysis will incorporate the concepts and materials from the class. You may include outside materials (e.g. books) in your analyses, but please be mindful of the quality of your sources especially online sources. As you are incorporating different sources, please cite so that I can see what information you are using. Remember that all claims or recommendations must be well supported. The caseanalysis preparation pointers (below) should be helpful.
Format: Papers must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around, in 12-point font. Include a title page with your name(s) on it and a bibliography. The text of your paper must NOT exceed 4 pages, excluding the bibliography, title page, charts, graphs, or appendices you decide to include. Please note that only...
...152 PART II Understanding the OD Process
CASE: THE OLD FAMILY BANK
The Old Family Bank is a large bank in a southeastern city. As a part of a comprehensive internal management study, H. Day, the data-processing vice president, examined the turnover, absenteeism, and productivity figures of all of the bank’s work groups. The results Day obtained offered no real surprises except in the case of the check-sorting and data-processing departments.
is quiet and comfortable. Both groups are known to be highly cohesive, and the workers in each department function well with one another. This observation was reinforced by the study’s finding of the low levels of turnover and absenteeism.
THE INTERVIEW DATA
In an effort to understand this phenomenon, Day decided to interview the members of both departments in order to gain some insight into the dynamics of each group’s behavior. Day discovered that the checksorting department displayed a great deal of loyalty to the company. Most of the group members are unskilled or semiskilled workers; although they have no organized union, they all felt that the company had made special efforts to keep their wages and benefits in line with unionized operations. They knew that their work required team effort and were committed to high performance. A quite different situation existed in the dataprocessing department. Although the workers liked their fellow employees, there was a uniform feeling among this...
by Pamela Hubbell
Cases are detailed descriptions of real management situations. In the CaseAnalysis your objective is to analyze the management problem and make a recommendation for solving that problem. By applying concepts to actual cases, you improve your ability to think analytically when identifying problems and creating solutions.
Preparing the CaseAnalysis
There are four basic steps to follow when preparing a CaseAnalysis. However, because you will encounter a wide variety of cases and problems, you should determine the appropriate approach to each situation. Generally, the four steps are:
1. Clearly define the problem.
Be sure to identify the problem and not the symptom of a problem. For example, a decline in sales is a symptom of a problem; you must identify the actual cause of the decline in sales. It is also important to establish that the problem is a major problem for the company.
2. Formulate alternative solutions to the problem.
It may be helpful to brainstorm as many solutions as you can and then narrow your list down to three or four solutions you feel are the strongest.
3. Evaluate and compare the alternative solutions.
To evaluate alternative solutions you should consider their strengths (e.g. increased productivity) and their weaknesses (e.g. increased cost)....
...ISM 413 – CASEANALYSIS FOR PREFINALS
1. The CaseAnalysis for the Prefinal Term will be done in groups, composition of which is the same with the group
composition during the Midterm CaseAnalysis.
2. Because of the group’s composition, the caseanalysis will have two parts: (1) the film analysis, and (2) the minicase analysis.
3. In the Film Analysis, the group will choose between (1) Anti Trust, (2) Swordfish, and (3) Eagle Eye. Make sure
that you are able to properly identify the film that you preferred before you answer the questions below.
4. The group’s analysis of the film will be based on the following questions:
A. What are the manifold ethical questions addressed in the film that you chose? In what way were they
presented in the film?
B. In what specific way did Nurv Company (Anti Trust); OR Government (Eagle Eye); OR Gabriel Shear and
Ginger Knowles (Swordfish) fail to uphold its ethical responsibilities?
C. Who, do you think, is the main character in the film? Describe the character’s contribution in solving the
issue of the film.
D. What is the main problem discussed in the film? Please cite the specific scene in the film presenting the
complex nature of the problem.
E. How did the film end? Explain the various processes that led to the solution of the problem.
Team Member: Kerry Cunningham, Feng Hu, Tian Tian, Shuo Zhang
1. Cause of McCuster’s Dilemma
Several organizational factors haves contributed to McCuster’s dilemma:
First, the Flextronics’s decision makers failed to appropriately evaluate the ability and condition of the organization in bidding for Xbox project and assigning tasks. While it is enticing that this project would bring about good reputation as well as substantial financial gain, decision-makers should consider more than financial benefit1.
Managers are paid to make good decisions not risky decisions or conservative decisions1: Flextronics decision makers was too optimistic about the project so that they promised Microsoft the IT solution Flextronics did not have yet despite the fact that it was Flextronics first global project and first foray into sophisticated software. This promise has put Flextronics in risks since now it has trouble coming up with the IT solution. Although group and external pressures (social, political, economic) impact the alternatives we select and biases we have in decision-making1, in Flextronics case, Flextronics could gain cutting edge and good fame from the succeed of the project, and many parties are closely watching this project, decision makers still needs to be objective when making decisions
While Xbox project needs the two facilities designated to work closely, decision makers...
...TEMPLATE FOR CASEANALYSIS REPORTS
As I repeatedly indicated, your caseanalysis should be done according to the section II (p. 202, edition 9) included in the textbook and entitled “Analyzing Marketing Problems and Cases.” I also provide you with the template listed below likely to help you in preparing your cases’ reports.
|Section |Contents |
|Title Page |Title of case, date, team member names and student numbers. |
|Table of Contents |Major sections of paper, exhibits, appendices with titles |
|Executive Summary |One-to two-page summary of the analysis and recommendations. |
| |State the main issues of the case omitting descriptive details. This may take the form of a problem |
| |statement but it may be a statement of a marketing opportunity to which the firm may be able to |
|Introduction and |react. Distinguish between the issues as seen by the “actors” in the case and additional issues |
|Problem/Issue Identification |perceived by you. This section gives the...
...Club Med CaseAnalysis MGMB01
The Club Med is a successful all-inclusive French organization of vacation resort found in a various sites of the world, mostly in exotic areas. Besides obvious financial success, the Club also achieved huge non-financial success. The unique concept of “family” , which is also the corporation spirit, had transform a group of strangers to a group of loving and caring friends. What’s more, they also developed their own set of marketing and distribution strategies.
Club Med developed competitive advantages due to its uniqueness and novelty, it differs significantly from conventional hotel chains. Firstly, the Club made a profit of $3million each year merely from customers’ prepaid travel deposits. Secondly, unlike the traditional hotels, the Club arranges roommates to those who travel alone. As a result, accommodation availability is counted as the amount of beds not the number of rooms.
Moreover, Club Med was in advantageous position regarding the relationship with customers, suppliers and workers. In terms of customers, for instance, the Club controls the market so that buyers can only buy the “true formula” from them. The customers will suffer economic losses if they try to replace the Club with other traveling choices. Club Med also has competitive advantages over the suppliers. Business partners like airlines companies are providing the Club with air fare discounts, from which Clun Med could earn...
...Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, Volume 31, 2004
THE CASE BRIEF A Model for CaseAnalysis, Writing and Discussion
John Washbush University of Wisconsin-Whitewater email@example.com
The session addresses a common problem in undergraduate case discussion and writing—the tendency for students to reiterate lengthy lists and discussions of facts of the case without effectively identifying key facts while failing to adequately addressing their implications. The case brief, using the basic problemsolving model, provides a carefully structured approach for the student to more precisely define key facts, identify valid strategic problems, and more pointedly define, discuss and recommend relevant courses of action. In addition to describing the model used in the brief, the session will interactively demonstrate an exploration of a short case using the case brief format. Each of you will write a case brief. It should not exceed five pages (typed, singlespaced). The brief is to conform to this format: Diagnosis (key facts) Bullets Statement of the problem Sentence Identification of alternatives Bullets Recommendation and rationale Paragraph Diagnosis is defined as a process of defining and using key case data. Analogous to the process of medical diagnosis, the objective is to determine what essential...