There is a little difference between the classroom discussion and written analysis of case problem. The following steps can guide the students to analyse the case problem and arrive at best possible solution.
1. Summary of the case: The important facts in the case are pointed out in brief. It is the indication that the student has grasped the contents of the case precisely.
2. Identify the problem involved in the case: After giving a careful reading to the case, see certain apparent problems in the situation. Some are very prominent and most immediate. Whereas some may be partially indicated. The student has to mention the basic problem interwoven in the case, e.g. a case may indicate failure in delegation due to too much interference of the boss; another case may indicate the need for taking appropriate disciplinary action to set things right with regard to labour management relations or Stale policy in respect of minimum wages etc. Such basic problem should be set out in clear terms. The problem is usually related with some basic principles of management or industrial relations. The student may indicate such principle basic to the main issue.
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3. Analysis of the case: The case should be read carefully because each sentence may present an important fact. Some details in the case are directly or indirectly responsible for the problem situation presented in the case. The facts may concern resources, plans, people, actions, inter-relationships, industrial disputes, efficiency of workers, collective bargaining etc.… Read the rest