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to be reformulated. It can be useful to summarise your analysis in a short statement about the problem area, with supporting evidence, and some attempt to prioritise (in terms of importance to the organisation, urgency and ease of solution). Do be as creative as possible in formulating solutions! If the case study involves group work, then it is important to observe the rules of “brainstorming”: let everyone makes their contribution; treat all contributions as of equal merit; avoid judgment of new ideas. While the formal knowledge acquired during the course will be a major resource to draw upon, it is unlikely that it will be confined to precise topic areas, and experience and imagination can be as valid as formal knowledge here! Solutions can sometimes be presented as solution trees. Do follow the solutions through by endeavouring to predict possible outcomes. This can be attempted by listing the solutions in terms of the key areas where they are likely to have an impact, and placing a value on the probabilities. Don't go for the most appealing solution until all the others have been systematically eliminated. It is important to clarify the criteria of choice between solutions (including the values of individuals/organisations, the importance and probability of effective outcomes). Don't just stop here! Once a solution has been agreed upon, it is tempting just to sit back. However, “rounding out the analysis” means that checks need to be made to ensure that the proposal is sufficiently detailed with respect to recommendations on decisions and implementation, and that there is a contingency plan in case of failure. Drawing up an action plan can be helpful. Do give some thought to how you will present the results. If the solution is the outcome of group work, this should be reflected in the presentation. There should be no room either for “prima donnas” or for a shambling “Greek chorus”! The nature of the presentation requires careful thought in relation to the role of participants, its purpose, audience, the timing and the level of feedback desired. FIGURE 1: ALGORITHM OF HOW TO USE A CASE STUDY Source : Winstanley, D & Woodall, J (eds). 1995. Case studies in Personnel . London: IPD House, p 152. The intention is for this step-by-step approach to be helpful but not too prescriptive. Indeed, there is reason to believe that methods which compel problem solving can be over-rigid as well as rigorous. They are often “trapped” in a mechanistic, rationalistic way of thinking. The history of scientific discovery abounds with anecdotal evidence of the great inventions and discoveries that were made on a flight of the imagination.
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48 5. Administrative requirements for assignments Please note the following with regard to the submission of assignments: (a) The first assignment for this module comprises 20 multiple-choice questions . Different assignments are set for semester 1 and 2. You are required to use one of the official Unisa mark-reading sheets provided upon registration when submitting this assignment. Alternatively you may submit the assignment via
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