How to Write Case Study

1072 Words5 Pages HOW TO WRITE A CASE STUDY by Charles Warner There are two types of case studies: (1) factual ones depicting real organizations, people, and situations and (2) fictional ones that, although usually based loosely on actual people and events, do not use real organization's or people's names. The advantages of factual case studies are that they can provide a wealth of detail, give credibility to situations and problems, and, most important, provide real outcomes. Actual results give those who analyze a case real-world solutions: How did the organization or manager solve the problems? Did the solutions work? Although factual cases furnish…show more content…
Often the best teaching cases are those that contain both appropriate and inappropriate problem solutions. By using this technique, writers do not signal to readers that all the solutions are either right or wrong--case analysts have to figure it out for themselves. The next step is to select or create situations that give readers a clear delineation of the problems and point the way to a discussion about possible solutions. The most effective way to depict a problem is to write situations or scenes that have conflict in them: scenes in which the characters have opposite points of view, disagreements, or different solutions. Each situation or scene in a case study should either: (1) carry the narrative forward, (2) relate directly to one of the major problems in the case, or (3) provide insight into the personality and motives of one or more of the characters. The ideal situation is one that the writer knows will elicit conflicting opinions about potential solutions. Case Study Writing Tips 1. Keep your audience in mind: Remember that you are writing for students or discussants who may not be familiar with the back- ground, details, and terminology of the situation. Keep jargon to a minimum. 2. Use short-story-writing techniques: A case has flesh-and-blood characters who should be
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