Guide to Case Studies

Tips and tricks for solving case studies.

The case studies that are tackled with the BeeUp method are real business situations ("real-life case studies"). Real companies and business leaders describe their operational starting position and their problems. They expect thoughtful solutions with concrete, actionable steps. As so often in the everyday life of business management, not just one, but several good solutions can be found. There is hardly ever a right or wrong: "There isn’t just one way of doing it." It could be your solution that brings the breakthrough!

Don't let any lack of information about the companies intimidate you! The case studies have been deliberatly written in a way to provide space for your creativity. Be sure to ask your coach questions, and don't hesitate to challenge him. As Plato tells us: Dialogue creats Knowledge!

 

1. Analyse the framework conditions and the context.

• Establish an overview of the case and the main task. Define the problem precisely and quickly analyse the concrete facts. Try to filter out aspects which may seem important, but in fact have only a minor role in the case solution.

• Tip: Formulate the title of your solution as a specific question that you can answer.

2. Plan your solution’s approach.

• List the competences that are required to complete the task.

• Do you know experts in your network who can offer these skills? Invite them onto your team!

3. Exchange views with your coach.

• Once you have established your team, the BeeUp coach will invite you and your team to a webinar on Skype and will clarify outstanding issues.

4. Plan the next project steps.

• Arrange regular meetings with your coach / team members.

• Decide who has the responsibility to complete each task within your team.

5. Develop different solution outlines.

• What are the possible approaches to solving the problem?

• What criteria must a solution meet?

• What initial solutions are there?

6. Create a rough plan.

• Structure your solution. Which chapters does it need? Which doesn’t it? Use your Solution Wiki!

• Explain the target end result and show alternative approaches to your solution. Start from the existing conditions and continue to develop how the situation might evolve. Don’t let yourself be slowed by apparent restrictions such as “we have never done it like that, that does not work, that has never worked, that is incompatible ... ".

• Tip: Structure your solution outline with initial situation / main part / conclusion or summary!

7. Develop your case solution.

• Create the solution for the case on the BeeUp online platform. This gives you the opportunity to discuss your solution with other group members or even with all approved "worker bees" of the community. You can work on the various chapters in the group.

• Think of the resources required for the solution (people, finances, knowledge, infrastructure, time, etc.). If necessary, indicate priorities.

• Support your arguments with interviews or literature.

• If you want to, discuss your solutions with the coach or with the clients, depending on the case.

8. Submit your solution for evaluation.

• The most important tip: Please contact your coach whenever you think it is necessary. We learn the most in conversations. There is no right and wrong, but there are good and bad arguments!