Case Studies

A case study is a description, of an incident, or event, of an individual or organisations, describing what happened in a particular situation. Unlike discussion questions the answers need to be developed through some form of analysis.

A case study is a description, of an incident, or event, of an individual or organisations, describing what happened in a particular situation. Unlike discussion questions the answers need to be developed through some form of analysis.

In a training context, the purpose of a case study could be to:

– Make individuals familiar with the reality of decision-making in organisations.
– Sensitise them to certain problems and issues encountered in policymaking.
– Help to analyse complex problems.
– Test application of certain solutions.
– Encourage or discourage certain types of behaviour or practices.
– Test relevance, application of certain theories and approaches to practical problems.

Our case studies will tend to follow the main presentations and will build on the concepts and information given them.

A case has generally the following structure:

A- the title: in our case perhaps the name of the CP Investment approach.

B- description: this is the main issue of the case. It is here that the story in the case is narrated.

C- a series of questions: Two or three questions will be asked to make the participants think about certain problems and issues in the case, try to analysethe problems with the help of theoretical knowledge and analytical techniques provided earlier in the training programme.

Hence the specifics of the questions are very important. Contents of these questions depend on the use to which the trainees will put the cases. They aregenerally structured to bring out different reactions of participants, their judgement on the behaviour of important actors or their actions, draw some lessons from the case for future decision-making.

Sometimes model answers to the questions will be given but this depends upon the nature of the situation discussed in the case and the type of questions.

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