An integrated workplace management system gave Dow Chemical a complete real-time view of their space capacity and use
Real estate can generate improvement for a corporation’s financial performance, whether it’s a new location providing capital to support revenue growth or underused locations that are consolidated to significantly reduce operating costs. That’s why Dow sees its real estate as a key strategic asset and uses an advanced integrated workplace management solution to gain tight control of its facilities worldwide. The solution seamlessly integrates space management, capital projects and facility maintenance, providing a single system to improve facilities-related operating and financial performance. The company not only gains a holistic and current view of its real estate performance but can also easily identify program funding priorities and analyze large-scale capital project risks and benefits with automatic project management controls within minutes versus several months. And integrated digital floor plans help capture previously inaccessible facilities space usage data for analysis, transforming space use and real estate management processes from reactive to proactive. Based on new insights, the company can redefine office standards and densifications, allowing it to accommodate growth without leasing more space. In one instance, it added 5,000 employees to an existing facility without incurring real estate costs.
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Guidelines for Writing a Case Study Analysis
A case study analysis requires you to investigate a business problem, examine the alternative solutions, and propose the most effective solution using supporting evidence. To see an annotated sample of a Case Study Analysis, click here.
Preparing the Case
Before you begin writing, follow these guidelines to help you prepare and understand the case study:
- Read and examine the case thoroughly
- Take notes, highlight relevant facts, underline key problems.
- Focus your analysis
- Identify two to five key problems
- Why do they exist?
- How do they impact the organization?
- Who is responsible for them?
- Uncover possible solutions
- Review course readings, discussions, outside research, your experience.
- Select the best solution
- Consider strong supporting evidence, pros, and cons: is this solution realistic?
Drafting the Case
Once you have gathered the necessary information, a draft of your analysis should include these sections:
- Identify the key problems and issues in the case study.
- Formulate and include a thesis statement, summarizing the outcome of your analysis in 1–2 sentences.
- Set the scene: background information, relevant facts, and the most important issues.
- Demonstrate that you have researched the problems in this case study.
- Outline possible alternatives (not necessarily all of them)
- Explain why alternatives were rejected
- Why are alternatives not possible at this time?
- Proposed Solution
- Provide one specific and realistic solution
- Explain why this solution was chosen
- Support this solution with solid evidence
- Concepts from class (text readings, discussions, lectures)
- Outside research
- Personal experience (anecdotes)
- Determine and discuss specific strategies for accomplishing the proposed solution.
- If applicable, recommend further action to resolve some of the issues
- What should be done and who should do it?
Finalizing the Case
After you have composed the first draft of your case study analysis, read through it to check for any gaps or inconsistencies in content or structure: Is your thesis statement clear and direct? Have you provided solid evidence? Is any component from the analysis missing?
When you make the necessary revisions, proofread and edit your analysis before submitting the final draft. (Refer to Proofreading and Editing Strategies to guide you at this stage).