Building a Case

Building an Argument

Understanding the potential impact of the survey data

This comes first. After knowing its potential, the data must be presented to attract attention. A good question to ask yourself when looking at or reading the data is: why would I or someone else want to stand up for this topic, or fight for it? Give the answer there, make it explicit. Next: why choose X or Y research methods? Why were P or Q cases chosen? Who are the respondents or their informants? Why use more than one data source? Why choose data analysis method A or B? You should consider including results from previous research in building your argument, i.e. start from the beginning of relevant research.

The company perspective is needed to build an argument

Look for some the reasons why this problem should be addressed by the company urgently.
Explore the consequences felt by workers if the problem is not addressed. Analyse from various perspectives, for example: aspects of physical health, mental health, potential conflicts, work accidents, etc.
Explore the possible risks for the company if the problem is not addressed. For example: decreased productivity, cost inefficiency, sanctions from buyers / government, etc.
Identification and use of other data sources

  • Look for data in the form of easy to use
  • Cite research results that are relevant to the issue
  • Identify and include various relevant Regulations and sanctions (if any)
  • Identify studies on situations in other, similar companies in terms of business scale (grade), brand, area, etc. (if any)

Formulate a solution
At this stage students must try to formulate the best solution for solving the problem at hand. The process of formulating solutions is done through debate and mutual criticism: communicate before you decide or settle for one solution. Consider different options seriously first.

An effective way to do this: students write down their ideas. Present to the group, debate. Finalize. Formulate at least 2 competing solutions on how a/the company may overcome the problem it faces. Give considerations, pluses and minuses of each solution. Identify the potential costs that come with the solution. All this is needed to find the solution which is most likely acceptable to the company and benefits workers too.

Stakeholder analysis

 A stakeholder is someone with an interest in the issue, situation or case analyzed. It is someone/an organization who has something to gain or lose as a result of a proposed solution. Such interest groups, i.e. a trade union, can have a strong position in determining the outcome of an advocacy process on the issue being championed. It is therefore necessary to do a stakeholder analysis before putting forward an argument, especially if a program aims to influence policy.

A stakeholder advocacy analysis is carried out as follows:

  • for the problem-solving issues that have been prioritized, identify all stakeholders with an interest (gain or loss) in these issues;
  • students analyze the advocacy position of each stakeholder and write it down;
  • next, students must try and find which parties can be collaborated with by the union, which parties must be convinced / coerced by the union, which parties have a potential to explore, the benefits for strengthening the advocacy of the union;
  • discard stakeholders that do not have a significant role to play in solving the issue.