Case Study Analysis
Each student must choose a company/organisation for investigation but students cannot choose a company on which a case has been written in the module textbook, Tricker (2015) or a case that is older than 10 years. Each student should conduct research into their chosen firm/organisation and prepare their case study and analysis on the issues/events/dilemmas that have taken place. As regards the analysis of the case, each student is required to address the following discussion questions:
- What were the main corporate governance issues within this case?
- What does the theoretical, academic, professional or legal literature/regulation say on these issues? Were such events or features of your case consistent with or in contrast to the theoretical, academic, professional or legal literature/regulation?
- If the company/organisation addressed these issues, was the response appropriate? Did it address the fundamental issues at stake? If a response has yet to emerge, what would you expect a suitable response to be and why?
- Could similar events happen again in the UK today? Why? Do you think the current system of corporate governance and accountability in the UK is sufficient to deal with these issues?
- What were the general lessons learnt from this case? What have you as a student learnt about governance, risk and ethics from this case?
- Would you invest in this firm? Give the reasons for your decision.
Students may also develop their own discussion questions for inclusion in the case. Additional issues that emerge in the course of your analysis may be presented here and should be reported under the heading ‘Other discussion points’.
Suggested Case Structure
The following may be used as a guide to help structure your case:
1. Introduction: Purpose of study, importance of case, structure of case study.
2. Context: Provide background and context to the case by providing an overview of the firm(s)/organisation(s) involved within the case.
3. Description of key events that took place within the case.
Case Study Analysis
4. Address discussion questions.
5. Conclusions: Summary of case study, summary of key findings and their implications for corporate governance.
6. Bibliography and references.