Our first case study analysis covers the issue of modern day slavery and how our decisions as businesses and consumers are not always based on moral principles. Read the case study on pages 46-49 in your textbook and determine your answers to the four questions at the end of the case. Using your answers to those questions, you will write a 2-4 page analysis of the case.
When writing a case study analysis, you must first have a good understanding of the case study. Before you begin the steps below, read the case carefully, taking notes all the while. It may be necessary to read the case several times to fully grasp the issues facing the company or industry.
The nature of this research is to enter into internal reflection on issues in business ethics. Five factors or components will be of interest in your consideration with these issues:
Analyze arguments showing reasons given (rules, principles, beliefs) for decision made by the principals involved;
Isolate the central issue(s) you believe at stake in the case;
Explore the moral perspective demonstrated or argued;
Explain any criticisms you might have of how it was handled and why: was there a lack of logic or should better reasons have been given or was something overlooked?; and
Indicate your own moral posture giving at least two solid reasons for your conclusion.
Your report must contain an overview, an analysis, and a response: The overview will describe the situation and the context of the case study. The analysis focuses on the primary moral/philosophical arguments or reasons that might lie behind the resolutions made of the case — e.g., utilitarian, rights, justice, caring. The response is your reflection upon the adequacy or supportability of those arguments. Thus, both research and personal reflections are involved. You must also provide correct citations of all resources used to gather your information. Do not simply rely on the printed case study in the textbook. I want to see some external research on the topic to support your analysis and opinion.
Once you are comfortable with the information, begin the step-by-step instructions offered below to write a case study analysis.
1. Know the case backwards and forwards before you begin your case study analysis.
2. Give yourself enough time to write the case study analysis. You don’t want to rush through it.
3. Be honest in your evaluations.
4. Be analytical, not descriptive.
5. Proofread your work!