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(solution) HOW TO APPROACH A CASE Perhaps the most important rule of


Write a three- to five-page paper analyzing the case (operating room patient flow attached. 

  • The six sections as outlined in the case study approach document (attached).
    1. Define the central problem (issue).
    2. List relevant factors.
      • How did management use the statistical analysis to improve quality?
    3. List alternatives.
    4. Analyze the alternatives.
    5. List conclusions.
      • What conclusions did you reach as a result of this case study?
    6. Make recommendations.
      1. What recommendations would you make that would allow the organization to take action?
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  • In-text citations for information gathered from any resources (including the case) throughout the paper.
  • A resource page listing all resources cited throughout the paper.
  • Appendices (if appropriate). These may include images, graphs, charts, and tables images related to your topic. Images, graphs, charts, and tables may be no larger than ½-page in size.

HOW TO APPROACH A CASE

 

Perhaps the most important rule of approaching a case is this: Do not re-tell the case! Your

 

professor has read it, so it is not necessary to ?recap? the information provided. In this

 

course, you are encouraged to use the (modified) Harvard Case Study Method (a.k.a. the

 

Staff Study Method), as outlined below:

 

1. Define the central problem (issue)

 

Problem definition is the most critical step in approaching a case. A poorly defined

 

problem can mean wasted time and effort. Another common pitfall is to think you

 

know what the problem is, just because you?ve invested a significant amount of time

 

thinking about the case. If you can?t state the problem in one or two sentences, you

 

haven?t defined it. Misidentification of the central problem is perhaps the most

 

common (and lethal) mistake a student can make. Apply this simple test by asking

 

yourself the following question: If I fixed the problem as I defined it, and nothing else

 

happened afterward, was I successful?

 

Note: Define the problem that the authors were trying to resolve in your own words

 

(do not quote). 2. List relevant factors

 

Most academic cases (as in real life) include a great deal of information. Some of this

 

information is important, other information is important but not relevant to the problem

 

at hand, and some is just ?noise.? It is important for you to decipher what is important

 

to the central problem. Avoid the "I?ve got it all in my head" trap?write it down!

 

List, in your own words, the variables (relevant factors) that the authors examined to

 

come to their conclusion. For example: 3. 1. Variable one. 2. Variable two. 3. Variable three. 4. Continue listing relevant factors?? List alternatives

 

Create a list of options without evaluating them. The purpose of this process is to

 

arrive at the best possible solution in a dispassionate manner. Try to keep your own

 

prejudices out of the process. OSCM 440 Franklin University November 2008 Keep in mind that, most likely, you will be presenting your report to an individual or a

 

group of individuals. Often, a member of the reviewing group will have a preconceived

 

solution or, worse, a vested interest in one particular solution. One way to divert these

 

conversations is to make sure your list is as comprehensive as possible. Include even

 

those ideas that you expect to discard early. Remember that ?do nothing? is always

 

an option.

 

List, in your own words, the various alternatives the authors arrived at in order to

 

solve the problem. For example: 4. 1. Alternative one. 2. Alternative two. 3. Alternative three. 4. Continue listing alternatives?.. Analyze the alternatives

 

Measure the alternatives you identified in step 3 against the factors identified in step 2.

 

Try beginning this step by fashioning a question that will tell you if a particular

 

alternative is viable, if you have the answer to that question. Analyze dispassionately

 

and without passing judgment.

 

In your own words, analyze the alternatives. For example: 5. 1. The first alternative, -----, did not result in any change?.. 2. The second alternative, -----, resulted in ------. 3. Continue analyzing all alternatives, individually or by group. List conclusions

 

This step should flow naturally from step 4. It is rare to find a single, perfect

 

alternative. Likewise, it is rare to find a completely bad alternative. In this step, you

 

weigh the good and the bad. This is also the time to identify "holes" in the information

 

or process. Respond to all four points listed below.

 

A. Explain, in your own words, your conclusions about why the authors chose a

 

certain alternative over the others.

 

For example: The "-----" alternative might stem the tide of the current problem.

 

However, it likely would create a greater issue, -----. OSCM 440 Franklin University November 2008 B. Explain in your own words the conclusion of the authors.

 

C. Explain if you agree or disagree with the conclusion of the authors.

 

D.

 

6. Continue listing conclusions. Make recommendations

 

The purpose of the entire case study process is to make a recommendation and allow

 

the organization to take action. First, you must determine what you recommend. By

 

now, you will have built a compelling case for your recommendation. It is not

 

necessary to review the rationale again; this has been done in previous steps. While

 

you may choose to clarify and/or reiterate your recommendation at this point,

 

remember: "less is more." Also, avoid the overly cautious approach (e.g., "a little of

 

this, a little of that...").

 

List the recommendations you would add to the case study. Include an explanation for

 

each recommendation.

 

For example: There are three factors which outweigh all the others in making our

 

recommendation:

 

1. First factor?.. 2. Second factor?.. 3. Third factor?.. Format: Length: 3-5 pages plus a title page and a reference page. Style: See OSCM Academic Paper Writing Guidelines. Font: 12-point serif font Line spacing: 2.0. Margins: Set at 1 inch on all four sides. As with all other written assignments at the college level, correct and appropriate

 

grammar, structure, and mechanics are presumed to be the minimum baseline. Cite your

 

sources using APA style. OSCM 440 Franklin University November 2008 Grading:

 

For this exercise, your professor is not looking for one "right answer." You will be graded

 

primarily on the quality of your analysis and the case you make for your

 

recommendation(s). That is, you should be dispassionate in your analysis, and your final

 

recommendation should flow logically from the rest of your case study. OSCM 440 Franklin University November 2008

 


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