Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal

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Guidelines for Analyzing Cases


Problem and Issue Identification


  1. What are the central facts of the case? What assumptions are you making about these facts?


  1. What is the major overriding issue in the case? What major question or issues does this case address that merits study at this point in the course?


  1. What sub-issues or related issues are present in the case that merit consideration now?
  2. “Union Carbide Corporation and Bhopal”, pages 384-394 of the text (end of chapter11).
  3. Respond to the six case questions at the end of the case (page 394),and 3 pages minimum


Analysis and Evaluation


  1. Who are the stakeholders in the case and what are their stakes? What challenges, threats or opportunities are posed by these stakeholders?


  1. What economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic responsibilities does the company have, and what is the nature and extent of these responsibilities?


  1. If the case involves company actions, evaluate what the company did or did not do in handling the issue affecting it.




What recommendations do you have for this case?  If a company’s strategies or actions are involved, should the company have acted as it did?  What action should the company take now? Why?  Be as specific as possible.  List several options as well as the pros and cons of each alternative.  Be prepared to discuss why you eliminated those options you discarded and defend your chosen alternative.  Mention and discuss any important implementation considerations.  This last step is crucial because recommendations that cannot be implemented are worthless.

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