HRM6800 CASE STUDY INSTRUCTIONS
This course was designed with intensive case analysis, requiring you to recall and synthesize previous course materials as they propose complex solutions to the observed problems.
Writing the case study analysis:
A case study analysis requires you to investigate the issues presented, examine alternative solutions, and propose the most effective solution supported with credible resources. In addition to identifying the relevant issues, you should also incorporate what types of training (or trainings) are necessary, who must receive the training, how the training will be implemented, and in what modes or mediums trainings will occur and why (virtual, in-person). Then, strong analyses might recognize the need to incorporate performance management and goal setting to further strengthen the implementation of the training, thus making recommendations within performance management. To support this argument, one may then incorporate support from organizational behavior and I/O psychology, referencing learning and motivational theories to support how the recommendation will succeed.
Preparing the case:
Before you begin writing, follow these guidelines to help you prepare and understand the case study:
1. Read and examine the case thoroughly.
· Take notes, highlight relevant facts, and underline key problems.
2. Focus your analysis.
· Identify the major issues presented in the case
· Some questions to think about when reviewing the case study:
· What different HRM practices may need to be changed?
· What practices are strong?
· What theories support these observations?
· What specific changes may need to be changed to each practice and how will these changes be implemented?
· What theories should be cited or referenced?
· What specialized materials or information will be necessary for this implementation (9-box talent identification matrix, performance evaluations, etc) and should example materials be developed to further enhance the analysis?
· How will these practices be measured? What metrics should be incorporated?
· Is there a global component that needs to be considered?
· Do I have all of the information necessary to make the right recommendations?
· Is further inquiry necessary? If so, does this need to be included in the recommendations?
· Describe possible solutions to the issue.
· Discuss each solution separately (with its advantages and disadvantages).
· Use your course materials/outside research to help you with this section.
3. Make your recommendation/s.
· Why did you choose this specific recommendation?
· How does it solve the issue/s presented in the case? (Is it realistic?)
· Be sure that you use appropriate course materials and research to support your recommendation.
Drafting the case:
· Identify the key issues of the case
· Set the scene: provide background information on the business/organization and any other details relevant to the case.
3. Evaluation of the case:
· Describe why these particular issues exist within the business/organization.
· Discuss each issue one-by-one (you could organize each issue by sub-heading).
· Describe who was responsible for creating the issue and who is responsible for finding a solution.
4. Proposed solutions/changes:
· Discuss each solution/change separately.
· Explain why each solution/change was chosen.
· Use course concepts, materials, and outside research to support your explanations.
· Discuss your specific strategy for accomplishing your proposed solution.
· Be sure to explain why you selected this particular one.
· Be sure to explain how the strategy solves the problem, and who should implement it.
Case Analysis Format:
1. APA Style with Cover Page and References
2. Minimum of 5 full pages