Module 1 Case Study – Due May 23
A case study analysis requires you to investigate a business problem, examine the alternative solutions, and propose the most effective solution using supporting evidence.
Case Study – BP and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster of 2010
Preparing the Case
Before you begin writing, follow these guidelines to help you prepare and understand the case study:
•Read and Examine the Case Thoroughly
◦Take notes, highlight relevant facts, underline key problems.
•Focus Your Analysis
◦Identify two to five key problems.
◦Why do they exist?
◦Who is impacted?
◦Who is responsible for them?
•Uncover Possible Solutions/Changes Needed
◦Review course readings, discussions, outside research, and your experience.
•Select the Best Solution
◦Consider strong supporting evidence, pros, and cons. Is this solution realistic?
Writing the Case Study Analysis
Once you have gathered the necessary information, a draft of your analysis should include these general sections, but these may differ depending on your assignment directions or your specific case study:
◦Identify the key problems and issues in the case study.
◦Formulate and include a thesis statement, summarizing the outcome of your analysis.
◦Set the scene: background information, relevant facts, and the most important issues.
◦Demonstrate that you have researched the problems in this case study.
•Evaluation of the Case
◦Outline the various pieces of the case study that you are focusing on.
◦Evaluate these pieces by discussing what is working and what is not working.
◦State why these parts of the case study are or are not working well.
◦Provide specific and realistic solution(s) or changes needed.
◦Explain why this solution was chosen.
◦Support this solution with solid evidence, such as:
◾Concepts from class (text readings, discussions, etc.)
◾Personal experience (anecdotes)
◦Determine and discuss specific strategies for accomplishing the proposed solution.
◦If applicable, recommend further action to resolve some of the issues.
◦What should be done and who should do it?
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