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Case Study Analysis: What is a case study?

Usually based on a real business or social problem, case study analysis requires you to apply your knowledge and experience. Here are some tips and resources to help you navigate the case study analysis assignment.

What is a case study?

From The Business Case Method: An Introduction by J. Kenneth Matejka and Thomas J. Cosse.

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A case study is given to a student or group when an instructor is using the case method of instruction as an assignment. "Learning in a case course takes place by doing: by analyzing situations both quantitatively and qualitatively, by making decisions as to appropriate courses of action, by communicating these decisions and exchanging ideas with fellow students and the instructor, and finally by accepting responsibility for the decision made. Thus, the case method provides a simulation... (1-3)".

Sometimes the case study can be a short exercise done in one class session or sometimes a case study analysis can involve work lasting the entire semester.

The key to successful work in case study analysis is being prepared. You want to make sure you are ready to address any questions fellow students and your instructor may have about your case and your analysis. Be ready to infer, derive, extrapolate, or draw a conclusion from other similar situations. Your inferences will have to be your original thoughts but they need to be supported via your readings and research.

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