This is the first of three case studies analyses that provide an opportunity to develop your skills in assessing an organizational situation and providing support for a particular course of recommended action. These assignments will be in the form of a memo addressed to the executive director of the focal organization, not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages. The memo must identify the problem as you see it, recommend solutions, and provide support for your perspective. An analysis memo is a short document designed to communicate essential information about an issue to a busy decision-maker.
State major problems in the case and briefly explain the context in which key decisions must be made. Next, describe and assess proposed solutions to the problem, which you believe is the best course of action, and your reasons. Identify the next steps if your proposed solution is adopted and outline a “Plan B” in the event that your proposed solution fails. Show how the readings informed your understanding of the case and influenced your decision-making. Do not attempt to address every issue in the case, focus on your analysis of the problem and propose a potentially viable solution.
Please use the outline below:
Open with a brief one-paragraph summary (labeled Executive Summary)
What is the context, key issue(s), and your recommendation?
Why are we facing these issues? Identify root causes.
What are your specific recommendations? Rationale? Alternatives?
How should your recommendations be implemented? What are the priorities?