Sylvia Hogan Written by Sylvia Hogan · 1 min read >

A case study analysis simply requires you to make findings about the business problem, look into other solutions, and suggest the most effective solution using data gathered.


  • It helps you to appreciate complex real world scenarios.
  • Case study helps in discussions and dialogue.
  • It makes students to get involve in decision making.
  • When analysing a case, there is no right or wrong answer.

There are basic steps in which you need to put into consideration when analysing a case because it will help you to arrive at your possible solutions. Below are the steps you need to follow when analysing:

  • STEP 1: when analysing a case, you have to read your case study at least two times. The first time, you read it like a story and the second time, when reading, you take note of the important facts. The important facts should include all the information’s that will help you to arrive at your answer.
  • STEP 2: Identify the problem. You need to try to bring out all the stated problems in the case. Bringing out all the problems will help you identify which of the problem is the main problem in the case. It is advisable to look deep, read with understanding when analysing a case.
  • STEP 3: Next thing you need to do is to develop alternatives. When developing alternatives, you use the problem statement data to start finding solutions. The alternatives should hit directly on the main problem in the case. What ever alternatives you have made should fall within the case constraints and should have meaning.
  • STEP 4: Evaluate your alternatives and make recommendations. At this point, you ask your self some questions to know if your alternative is going to address the problem at hand. If not, what other suggestions can you come up with that can help find a solution in the case.
  • Finally, you write a report.


In conclusion, the general purpose of analysing a case study is to identify the main problem in the case and try to bring a solution by making recommendation. Always remember that when solving a case study, there can never be a right or wrong answer so don’t feel bad if your recommendations are not accepted.

Sylvia Hogan


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