Case Study Template

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Case Study: [title]
Ideally, this section should include the following information:

· Author name and/or organisation

· Email address

· Month, year of publication

· Copyright notice, if necessary

Background to case study [In this section please provide background information on the organisation – maximum 500 words]
Ideally, there should be information about:

· The type of organisation (business sector; main product/service; geographical reach)

· Size (turnover and number of employees)

· Main strategic focus (e.g., growth; international expansion, improved quality etc.)

· Current organisational structure (e.g., is it a functional or divisionalised organisation including the name of the main units (e.g., functional area X and functional area Y) – possibly with an organisational chart with accompanying explanation that describes the mandate of each function (at least the ones relevant for the case)

· The main reason for why an organisational re-design was undertaken (e.g. new strategy, merger, cost reduction, etc.)

What was designed and how was it designed? [In this section please describe what the new organisational design for the organisation looked like, how it was designed and implemented, and in what way it addressed the design criteria – maximum 500 words]
Ideally, there should be information about:

· If the case is about a sub-unit in the organisation, which unit it is, its mandate, number of employees, etc.

· The design criteria (i.e., the main design goals. For example, increase flexibility, reduce costs, improve customer focus, etc.). In other words, what were the drivers for this organisation design/redesign project?

· The key stakeholders

· The main steps in the design process and its duration

· How information was gathered from the organisation and utilised (or from other sources. For example, similar organisations, consulting firms, etc.)

· The main alternatives that were considered

· The chosen organisational design (possibly described by means of an organisation chart with explanation; it is particularly interesting to highlight the main differences with regards to the current model) Note: sometimes pictures speak louder than words!

Outcomes, challenges and learning points [In this section please describe the key outcomes, some of the specific challenges    and learning points from this case study – maximum 250 words]
Ideally, there should be information about:

· Evaluation of benefits of the new design and perhaps of any specific tools, models, theories or interventions used (including the degree to which the design criteria were fulfilled)

· Comments regarding the implementation process

· Implications for practice or for academic research

 Submission guidelines:

  • Case study papers should be submitted following this template
  • If you include the organisation’s name, please make sure the information in this case study has been cleared with the organisation in question.
  • Submitted case study papers will be reviewed by the EODF Curatorial Board
  • After approval by the Curatorial Board, case studies will be published in the EODF Knowledge Base (a members-only section of the EODF website)
  • The author always retains the right to update or remove case study papers from the EODF Knowledge Base

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