Here are some suggested Dos and Don’ts for undergraduate and graduate real estate students whose instructors use case studies where the deliverable is a case analysis with a recommendation on a course of action.
- Regurgitate case facts in your write up.
- Forget to answer the question being posed.
- Disregard the page limit put on your assignments.
- Treat the money in case as if it is not your own money at risk.
- Spel poorly. It distracts from the analysis.
- Select a reasonable base case for your analysis.
- Run sensitivity analyses around the base case using meaningful incremental changes in the driving variables.
- Look at the situation from multiple angles.
- Present your decision with conviction based on your analysis.
- Work hard!
What have I left out? Let’s hear from some other faculty!
Here are the do and don’t lists that I use for case study analysis:
Understand the case
Understand the method you will use to analyse it
Evaluate the information available
Make a recommendation
Present evidence for and against your position, including examples from other situations
Justify your conclusion
Waste space repeating facts from the case
Make unjustified (or unexplained) value statements
Make loose generalizations
Be mistaken for a cheerleader
Thanks Brian, these are great additions!