Case Study Tactics.

Working with a Case Study is a bit of an art form. Colleges and universities often provide case studies to base an assignment or an exam on and the idea is that it provides information about a real-life type situation. They are often based on real people, organizations, industries or parts of our society. Sometimes the names and certain information have been changed to ensure privacy.

Here, when doing your exam you will be required to extract information out of the case study and then use the theories, concepts or frameworks from the course to analyze this information.

This means you are searching for evidence.

Analysing a a case study

Your teacher wants you to use their models and they want detail. To give you a great mark they are looking for exam answers that are dense with evidence.

Ideally; once you have selected the right concepts or frameworks to use for your analysis you would then completely fill in all the required parts with evidence from the case study.

Often though, not all the evidence is in the case-study.

A similar situation comes up when working in professions. Many types of professionals need to produce reports answering questions that their customers have asked. The advice provided needs to be based on evidence. If no evidence can be found to answer some of the questions that the customer has asked the professional needs to say so. This is so that the customer knows that the professional has looked into every one of their questions. If the professional simply left the section blank because they could not find evidence on some questions then the customer would probably think they have ignored these requirements and so would not be happy.

Coming back to your exam answer, your teacher will similarly not be happy if there is nothing written at all about some parts of the frameworks that they want you to use. This is where you need to use the technique of writing “no evidence found” for the sections where there is none. Your teacher will then know that you have addressed all of the parts of the framework.

The following table shows answers based on information in a case study. Let’s say the case study had no evidence in it to answer two parts of the framework. Here we have shown that we have considered those 2 parts of the requirements and not found any evidence. This is the professional way to do it.

Working on a case study


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