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How to Develop a Case Study

Instructions for a Case Study. Students are given the opportunity to develop a case study that is analytical in nature involving a diagnostic reading of an organization that relates to theory and practice.

This study will follow the guidelines below:

title page
relevant background
clear, concise statement of the problem/issue/situation
an analysis applying applicable metaphors to the case situation
recommendations for change/improvement

At least 3 peer reviewed literary sources are required to support your study (i.e. journals, books, articles-Wikipedia is NOT a valid source). Papers will follow formal/scholarly writing guidelines-APA Manual, 6th Edition. Use the Wilmington University link below for more information regarding formal/scholarly writing guidelines. Tables, figures, charts, graphs, surveys, interviews, etc. will be added as appendices to your paper if used, and NOT included in page count. Title page and reference pages are NOT included in page count.

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Your problem seemed fairly broad, so I've worked up an example case study in the field of Information Technology. If your assignment calls for something in a different field, the attached essay should serve as something as a roadmap in adapting to your desired subject. Here is the process I followed:

1- Identify a general subject/question to address: "Are IT costs relevant as investment, or merely overhead?"

2- Find a few peer-reviewed articles on the subject. I searched for "IT as investment" on Proquest and Ebscohost... but the specific search engine isn't important. The REFERENCES page of several of these articles directed me to more works regarding more general theory on the subject.

3- After sorting through a few of those articles, I formed an opinion to defend: "IT can be considered investment if projects are planned correctly."

4- I searched the internet for popular news stories covering the subject, and selected a story that had both enough background information readily available, as well as addressed the question from #1 above.

Example Case Study:

Too often, the individual elements of an organization work towards disparate ends-if not actively at odds with, then at least irrelevant to each other. In the current business climate, there is not enough profit to support opposing empires within a single company. Indeed, a house divided against itself cannot stand. For this reason, never has it been more important for leadership to ensure a common business strategy-and given that strategy, to further define how the nervous system of a company will operate through a coherent and complimentary information technology (IT) strategy.

The term "strategy" has become something of a platitude in modern language. Without reviewing or lamenting how this came to be, suffice it to state a strategy "takes a vision or objective and bounds the options for attaining it," (Gartner, 2002, p.7). A business strategy articulates the vision and defines the objective of a company. While true it also describes the boundaries in accomplishing those objectives, it should do so very broadly. The majority of that ...

Solution Summary

Uses an example IT initiative in knowledge management at Goldman as an illustration for how to develop a case study paper. 5 pages, APA format, with references.