Case Analysis

General Case Instructions


The case assignment is due NO LATER THAN the date and time listed below, as well as on the syllabus. I will NOT accept late assignments, unless you have a university-approved excuse. The case should be submitted to it corresponding “Assignment Submission Folder” in D2L. If for some reason you have difficulty uploading your assignment to the D2L folder, e-mail it to me and explain the situation in your e-mail. I will start downloading assignments from D2L soon the morning after they are due. Follow the instructions for the case very carefully. All written assignments in this course need to be submitted in a Microsoft Word document that is compatible with Microsoft Office-Windows (or a PDF). Make sure your name appears somewhere within the document that you submit. You can include a cover page, but it is not required. Please use 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and double-space your assignments. NOTE: References are very important to quality case analysis. The more references you use, the better. I frown upon the use of internet websites as references and rarely give credit for them!!! Scholarly journal articles (and scholarly books) earn you scholars more points!!! With most websites, anyone can post anything they want on the website and no review process is utilized. With peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, a strict review process is implemented in order to make sure that only the most useful and factual information is printed. Some journals implement a stricter process than others, so some journals are considered to be better than others (there are A-level, B-level, and C-level journals). I have provided a list of journals that are considered to be very good journals in the field (in D2L under “Course Materials”). You should try to use articles from some of the highest-ranked journals in your assignment. You should use the textbook for guidance and cite it when you use information from it. However, it does NOT count as an outside reference since you are expected to read it for the class and I want you to be seeking information from other sources. Stretching above and beyond the “required” readings for the course is what graduate school education is all about. Books are acceptable, but try to use more empirical articles than books. With respect to APA formatting, I am only concerned with your formatting with respect to in-text citations (references) and your reference page. You do not have to provide an abstract, use headings in a certain way, or anything else that the guidelines I gave you state. Just use the guidelines for your references. I want all of you to submit original work with properly referenced support from other sources.


IMPORTANT POINT #1: Use as many high quality references as you can find to back up your analysis and opinions.


IMPORTANT POINT #2: Your required text for this class DOES NOT count as outside reference. You can use and cite it, but make sure you have enough outside references to support your ideas.


IMPORTANT POINT #3: Proofread your analysis before submitting it to me. Prior to submitting your assignment to me, you can also send your papers to the online writing center available through the school and they can help you develop your writing skills. Clear and effective communication is a vital management skill.

Specific Case Instructions


***Please include THREE distinct sections/headings in your case assignments to correspond with the three items/questions at the end of the case (i.e., identification, analysis/discussion, references).


Case: Doing Management (100 Points)—Due December 3rd by 11:30 PM


Based upon your reading of the assigned text for this class (the OB book by Bauer and Erdogan) and the case that was provided to you under the “Course Materials” content tab in D2L, identify as many organizational behavior (OB) related issues/topics as you can in the case. Label this section “Identification of Critical Issues”. Present them in list or bulleted or numbered format on the first page of your assignment. Your list should correspond with chapter titles from the book and/or topics within those chapters. In the next section of your assignment labeled “Analysis/Discussion of Critical Issues”, analyze and discuss each of the OB-related issues/topics that you identified (i.e., example of the issue in the case, why the way the COB and management department carried out these OB issues/topics was good or bad, how the issue could have been approached better, etc.). Also, make sure that you include reference support in order to back up your discussion of each issue. Include the full citations for all of the references that you cited within your paper on your “Reference” page at the end of your analysis, following the APA Guidelines that I provided you in “Course Materials”. You will be evaluated in accordance with the grading rubric provided at the end of this document. Submit this assignment to the Case “Assignment Submission Folder”. A grading rubric for the case can be found on the next page and in the syllabus.


NOTE: Cases require a substantial amount of work, especially with respect to finding reference support, and you will get frustrated at times. Just put in the effort and it will pay off in the end. Always try to work ahead so that you don’t get into a bind at the last minute. Case analyses always take longer than you think.

Case Analysis Grading Rubric



Far Exceeds Standards

Exceeds Standards

Meets Standards

Fails to Meet Standards

Identification of Critical Issues

I will assess the comprehensiveness and validity of the list of critical issues.





Identifies all of the valid (actual, real, accurate) critical managerial/OB issues in the case.


Identifies most of the valid critical managerial/OB issues in the case.


Identifies many of the valid critical managerial/OB issues in the case.


Identifies few, if any, valid critical managerial/OB issues in the case.

(17 or Less)

Brief Analysis and Discussion of the Identified Critical Issues

I will consider how accurately you analyze and discuss each issue.


Accurately analyzed and discussed each critical OB issue (at least 2 sentences for each issue).


Accurately analyzed and discussed each critical OB issue (at least 1-2 sentences for each issue).


Accurately analyzed and discussed many (but not all) of the critical OB issues (at least 1-2 sentences for each issue).


Failed to accurately analyze and discuss many of the critical OB issues. The few issues that were discussed were done so with some inaccuracy.

(34 or Less)

Literature Review—Reference Support

The more reference support you use, the better. Journal quality is also important.


Empirical research from journal articles support each issue listed. Several of the journal articles used came from top-tier journals.


Some, but not all, issues were supported by empirical research from journal articles. Overall journal quality was good.


Several issues lacked support from the empirical research found in journal articles. Many articles came from lower-level journals.


Most issues lacked support from journal articles. The few references used came from low-level journals or websites.

(17 or Less)

Total Score:

___ out of 100


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