CASE WRITE-UPS
Write an executive summary focusing your analysis on the principal issues of the case.
• The audience is a mid-level executive; time is short and they might not read the whole work, so lead with the meat of your conclusion.
• Assume your audience is familiar with the companies, principals, and environment: focus on the problem and your solution.
• Presentation matters, so formal language and no typos. Proof read your work.
• Please present your solution to the main issue, discuss any key alternatives and why they were rejected, and significant risks involved with the solution (or other unknown factors that could alter the analysis).
• Length should target one single spaced page, no smaller than 11 pt. font, and certainly be no longer than two pages. If charts or calculations are needed, they may be included as an appendix (only text will count to the page limit, but don't go overboard).
Analysing a Strategy Case Study - Some Tips
Copyright: Adrian Haberberg and the University of Westminster, 1998
Give yourself  time  to assimilate a case
The longer that a case study is given to "sink in" to your subconscious, the deeper the understanding you will get and the better your answers will be.  Read the case material for the first time as soon as you have been allocated it as an assignment or seminar example.  Get a general impression:
Which organisations and industries does it relate to?
Is the organisation doing well or badly now, and how has it performed in the past? Is it a company that has an unbroken record of success? Or a successful company that has fallen on hard times?
What are the main issues and choices confronting the company? Is it in an expanding industry, or a maturing one? Are customer needs changing? Does the firm confront a variety of opportunities? Or is there a particular business decision which the case is oriented towards?
What information is there in the case, as tables and annexes?
Analyse thoroughly, and use what you have been learning
Put the case aside for a few days before reading it a second time. Then, start to analyse it seriously:
Look at the development of the organisation over time. What strategies has it pursued? Which have succeeded and which have failed? Which are the types of environment where it has been able to succeed, and in which types has it had problems?
Use the tools and techniques of strategic management theory, to see what insights they give you. What is the nature of the competitive environment? What kind of strategic resources does the organisation have - and which does it lack? How successful has the organisation been - and how do you know?
Look carefully at all the tables, annexes and appendices. Why are they there? What information is the case writer trying to get you to get out of them?
If there are numerical data in the case -  analyse them . What trends over time do they show? What ratios can you use to analyse performance in areas that are important to the organisation ?
Then, if you have time, put the case aside again for a day or two, and let all this sink in. You may at this stage like to use SWOT analysis as a framework for a preliminary analysis of your thinking. But beware - SWOT analysis is not sufficiently precise to feature in a good final report.
Relate your analysis to the question
Now start to relate the analysis to the task or question you h ave been set.
What elements of the strategic analysis do you require to carry out the task, and how do they relate to it?
Is there further information or analysis that you need?
Be logical and critical
Think hard about your conclusions and recommendations.
Have you  really  demonstrated them, backing up your reasoning with hard evidence (events and results) from the case study?
Have you allowed yourself to be swayed by the opinions of the organisation's own managers? They have a vested interest in showing their actions in the best possible light. You do not have to agree. Do the facts support their claims of success,