Case study | Masters in Leadership and Management | Campbellsville University

 Module 1 Case Study – Due May 23

A case study analysis requires you to investigate a business problem, examine the alternative solutions, and propose the most effective solution using supporting evidence.

Case Study – BP and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster of 2010

Preparing the Case

Before you begin writing, follow these guidelines to help you prepare and understand the case study:

•Read and Examine the Case Thoroughly

◦Take notes, highlight relevant facts, underline key problems.

•Focus Your Analysis

◦Identify two to five key problems.

◦Why do they exist?

◦Who is impacted?

◦Who is responsible for them?

•Uncover Possible Solutions/Changes Needed

◦Review course readings, discussions, outside research, and your experience.

•Select the Best Solution

◦Consider strong supporting evidence, pros, and cons. Is this solution realistic?

Writing the Case Study Analysis

Once you have gathered the necessary information, a draft of your analysis should include these general sections, but these may differ depending on your assignment directions or your specific case study:


◦Identify the key problems and issues in the case study.

◦Formulate and include a thesis statement, summarizing the outcome of your analysis.


◦Set the scene: background information, relevant facts, and the most important issues.

◦Demonstrate that you have researched the problems in this case study.

•Evaluation of the Case

◦Outline the various pieces of the case study that you are focusing on.

◦Evaluate these pieces by discussing what is working and what is not working.

◦State why these parts of the case study are or are not working well.

•Proposed Solution/Changes

◦Provide specific and realistic solution(s) or changes needed.

◦Explain why this solution was chosen.

◦Support this solution with solid evidence, such as:

◾Concepts from class (text readings, discussions, etc.)

◾Outside research

◾Personal experience (anecdotes)


◦Determine and discuss specific strategies for accomplishing the proposed solution.

◦If applicable, recommend further action to resolve some of the issues.

◦What should be done and who should do it?

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