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Writing a case study


This tutorial will help you navigate your way through the process of reading, analysing and responding to a case study.

Case studies describe real-life situations and events over a period of time. They may centre on a person, group, project or organisation. A case study assessment task requires you to analyse actual or potential problems and identify solutions:

  • what is happening
  • why it's happening
  • how to solve the problem

You will need to use theories to develop solutions to practical situations.

There are three broad stages involved in a case study assignment:

  1. identify key issues and problems from the case
  2. research then link the problems to relevant theory
  3. develop solutions that lead to actionable recommendations

In this tutorial