Ways to Write a Case Study
November 17, 2017
Case study is one of many assignments that you will receive throughout your academic years. It’s a very practical task with a narrow focus. Just like any other writing assignment, working on a case study consists of certain stages. Here are the top 4 writing tips on how to work on case studies in a fast and effective way:
Clarify Your Task
Your instructions should be very precise and your task shouldn’t include any unclear fragments. Everything that can have several representations should be clarified and discussed with your professor and fellow students.
Answer the following questions to get a better understanding of your task:
- What’s the context and background of the case?
- Do you have the guidelines from your professor?
- What tools will you use to analyze your case? Mind maps, SWOT, matrix or templates?
- What do you want to focus on? What will be your contribution in terms of practical recommendations?
- What will be the structure and volume of your case study's presentation?
- After you answer these questions it will be much easier for you to work on your case study assignment.
Think About the Best Ways to Analyze the Situation
Follow these stages to answer this question:
Identify the problems
When you have just started working on case study analyzes, you need to understand which problems are related to the case. For instance, if you’re analyzing a company, it is necessary to read more about the history of that company and understand what led to its failures and successes.
Apply relevant tools
See what tools that you have at your disposal match the peculiarity of your case study in the best way. Brainstorm possible options and think how each tool can benefit your work.
- Write down your findings
You should have everything documented, because you never know what data you will require throughout your work.
- Work on Recommendations and Conclusions
In recommendations, you should give your advice on what can be performed to solve or minimize the researched problem. Recommendations should include both solutions and practical action plan. Every presented solution should answer the following questions:
- Is it a working solution? Why will it work?
- What can happen that will prevent it from working?
- Who will implement the solution?
- Is there anything that can block it from being executed?
- How many steps are there in each solution? How much time does each step take?
- Conclusions are where you summarize the work that you have done on this case.
Write Your Report
Writing a report includes the following steps:
Make a plan
Case study report should be planned like any other writing assignments, so take your time to create a plan before you start writing it.
Create a schedule for writing and follow it scrupulously
Plan how much time each assignment will take.
Remember about your audience
Always have your readership in mind when working on a report.
When you finish writing your case study, don’t forget to edit and proofread it. Follow this plan and write perfect case studies!