Case Study

Cases

Chapter 7, Case Study 7.1 – Site Security and Secure Escorts

Please read the case and:

How to Write a Case Study

You have to think like a practicing manager if you want to analyze a  case successfully. As part of your analysis, it is necessary, but not  sufficient to answer the following questions in enough depth to show  that you have performed more than a superficial reading of the case’s  content, and subsequently applied relevant theory.

  • What is the issue being presented or analyzed in the  case? Focus on the main issue in the case if more than one topic is  presented. Use your judgment to decide on which issue is the one that is  potentially most costly to an organization if left unresolved. There  are more kinds of cost to be considered than economic costs. Do not  neglect them in your analysis.
  • Where did the issue take place? Consider this because  you need to take into account cultural and environmental considerations  that may differ from those of the United States, in your analysis.
  • When did the issue take place? There may be historic  and environmental considerations different from those of the United  States, which should be taken into account in your analysis.
  • Who was affected by the issues? In other words, who are  the stakeholders inside and outside of the organization that need to be  considered when formulating an analysis, and possible response to the  situation?
  • Why did the issue occur? This may involve conjecture on  your part. It is all right to speculate; just identify your speculation  as such. In an empirical case, causal factors may be identified as  such.
  • How would you, as a manager, apply the insights gained from the case to improve an (your) organization’s operations?

I expect to read narrative answers that are written in grammatically  correct, well-formulated English sentences. Each paragraph should be  organized around a single topic, and transitions should flow logically  from one paragraph to the next.

  1. Submit answers to the four questions following the case by the previously noted deadline.
  2. You may want to consider the above factors (“How to write a case  study”) when you are preparing your case answers as an aid to organizing  your information if you find it helpful.

Chapter 7, Exercise 7.1 – Raising awareness of your implicit model of organizational functioning

  1. Complete Steps 1 through 5 of Exercise 7.1. Where Steps have you  “making notes” or “filling in tables” record this information somewhere  so that you can refer to it later.
  2. Describe the model that you developed in narrative form. In your answer you might consider: 
    1. What are the variables and relationships?
    2. How do they relate to each other?
    3. In what directions are the influences?
    4. Are the results surprising to you?
    5. Are any of the relationships unexpected?