Digitalization in the Manufacturing Sector: Skills in transition

BUSI 522 – Organizational Theory and Practice
Case Analysis (CA) Assignment
Instructions and Grading Rubric
Maximum Points: 200
(4 Assignments @ 50 Points Each)
Submission: Via Dropbox by 11:59 p.m. on the due date.
Students will analyze four (4) case studies at 50 points each. The case studies are from the e-Text
and are listed below along with the due dates.
Case Analysis (CA) Assignments/Due Dates
CA # Chapter/Title Textbook
Page #(s)
Due Date Submission Method
CA #1 Chapter 1: Craft Originalities, Inc. 39-43 Tuesday: 01/19/2021 Dropbox
CA #2 Chapter 7: Solo: Helping a Million People See Again 305-306 Tuesday: 02/02/2021 Dropbox
CA #3 Chapter 8: Digitalization in the Manufacturing Sector:
Skills in Transition
354-355 Tuesday: 02/16/2021 Dropbox
CA #4 Chapter 14: East Tennessee New 613-614 Tuesday: 03/02/2021 Dropbox
Case Analysis Description/Instructions
What is a Case Analysis?
The case analysis is meant to show the student’s ability to apply course concepts and vocabulary
to the business problem. Students are expected to use theories, vocabulary, and models to
describe the components within the case. The case should be written in clear and concise
language that shows the student’s ability to synthesize course material and relate it to business
Prepare a 3-to-4-page typewritten, double-spaced report on the cases listed below using APA
style. The page count does not include the cover and reference pages. The 6 sections described
on page 2 are suggestions for this assignment. Use the bold titles to head each section. The
bullets under each section should serve as a guide to writing your analysis.
A cover page is required for each assignment and should include the following information:
1. Assignment Title
2. Student Name
3. Course # and Title
4. Instructor Name: Dr. Audrey J. Brown
5. Assignment Due Date
BUSI 522 – Organizational Theory and Practice
1. Overview: Overview of pertinent history and facts. (5 Points)
o Describe the background of the situation or business that is the subject of the case.
o Provide information that creates the context for your analysis.
o Incorporate relevant facts about the company or situation derived from research
outside the case you are analyzing.
o Provide APA-style citations for all sources of information.
2. Discussion: Respond to the questions at the end of the case. (15 Points)
o Demonstrate your comprehension and synthesis of course concepts.
3. Alternative Solutions: Offer alternative solutions and approaches to the problem. (5
o Using information or data found in the case study, as well as from course
materials and your own research, offer two or more solutions or approaches to the
4. Evaluation of Alternatives: Evaluate each alternative. (5 Points)
o Critically assess the alternatives defined in section 3.
o Describe the implications and key steps for the implementation of each alternative.
o Consider external and internal factors and other relevant trends.
o Utilize course texts and other resources to enhance your assessment.
5. Recommendation/s: Offer your best recommendation. (5 Points)
o Based on your analysis in section 4, recommend one alternative.
o Support and justify your recommendation.
o Depending on the nature of the case, you may suggest management or leadership
styles or commitments describe the organizational structure, policies and
systems, or outline changes to the business model needed to successfully
implement this recommendation.
6. Possible Results and Obstacles to Implementation: Summarize the likely result and/or
obstacles that may play into the execution of your solution. (5 Points)
o What outcomes might result from the implementation of the selected alternative?
o What internal or external trends may enhance or obstruct successful