Case Study Analysis

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For Answering the Discussion Questions
Use of Case Studies and the Case Method
PUBA 6305 – Problems in State and Local Government provide
students with an opportunity to simulate actual experience by
analyzing problems and making decisions, which is both the oldest and
newest way to learn how to manage. The cases will involve analyzing
the situation and recommending solutions to real problems. The aim
is to “bridge” the knowledge from scholarly articles to the solutions or
recommendations for the discussion questions assigned for each case.
Guide for Case Study Analysis
Case studies for analysis are listed in the activities for each week with
noted discussion questions assigned. For the most part, these cases
are taken from actual experiences of public administration and
government agencies. The cases are used to stimulate inquiry into the
applicability of the concepts and theories presented in the listed
articles and in the lectures. The problems in the cases should lead
students to a deeper appreciation of the theoretical material and its
strengths and limitations in assisting the administrator faced with real
problems. Using the concepts, theories and definitions from the
articles immediately preceding the case studies and the power
point lectures, you are to support your observations and
recommendations within your Case Study Executive Summary,
with the following guidance given:
You should be able to answer the discussion questions for each case
study activity with the supporting information outlined above in a 500
to 600 word (Total for All Discussion Questions) Executive
Summary essay. Using the scoring rubric noted,
CASESTUDYANALYSISRUBRIC develop your essay with a view to a
solution(s). Please, do not write from a “first or second person”
perspective. This means do not use “I” or “we’. Use a “third” person
point of view. You do not need to footnote or other wise reference the
scholarly articles within the weekly readings. The focus (and space for
your responses) should be directed at answering the response
questions.2
One example of this position would be: Picture yourself in the movie
theatre and as you are watching the movie, you are describing the
various scenes to another person. In essence, you are telling a story
in your executive summary essay in answering the discussions
questions.
When complete, post and upload your Case Study (With the Number
Listed) Executive Summary to the Assignment Area. Do not send via
email to me. As noted in the activities, you will be posting comments
to the other student’s Executive Summary Main Points in the
appropriate case study forums.
A Caution about Case Study Analysis:
Analyzing cases and making recommendations is not a substitute for
reading and understanding the theories and concepts presented in the
various articles and discussed in the online lectures. Case studies and
text should complement each other.
The case studies will offer an opportunity to apply some of the textual
ideas, concepts, and theories (As noted above in red highlights) to a
real life situation (at least to a real situation described in the text
book).
This type of study will not be easy. Some students will be frustrated by
an inability to fit the article readings to the case study because the
transition from theory to practice is difficult for everyone. They may
also feel that they do not have enough facts. Public sector executives,
in their daily jobs, seldom have all the relevant facts, but they still
make decisions. In the case study situation also, with its limited
information, a decision must be reached with the data given in the
case.

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Finally, some will be concerned with the difficulty of knowing whether
their report is right or wrong or meets the grading criteria within the
rubric. The solutions are not all right or all wrong. All
recommendations will have strengths and weaknesses. The best
answer is the one with the greatest number of strengths and fewest
weaknesses as determined by the specific situation. Simple answers
exist only for simple problems and presumably; students in this class
aspire for something higher. Just as in the actual affairs of any
manager, there is probably no one correct solution to any case, but
there are incorrect solutions. Therefore, students should be prepared
with a well thought-out justification for their recommendations.3
In summary, cases do not provide “approved solutions”. But, cases
can give students a better insight into the modern world of public
administration, knowledge of what it is like for some actual managers,
and finally some modest practice in converting the theories into action.
For learning to take place through experience, students must be willing
to commit themselves. They must be willing to be wrong in public.
Only by taking positions and offering recommendations, can students
test themselves against fellow classmates and instructors.
Please remember, these assignments are not that difficult. Once you
make it pass the first few cases, the rest will seem easy.

 

 

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