The University of Illinois - Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics

Case Studies

The University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics is offering three case studies, which are designed to identify and address applications of data analytics in today’s business environment. These cases, which can be inserted directly into your data analytics curriculum, offer students the opportunity to use data in important and practical ways.

Please complete the brief registration form to access the case studies. Access will be emailed to you soon after you complete the registration form. If you have additional questions or would like to provide feedback, email us.

The three case studies, which were developed by faculty at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business, include:

Mini-Case Studies

The following five mini-case studies are designed to build up students' understanding of a management control system (MCS) and their data analytics skills in investigating MCS-related issues. These cases work well for managerial accounting classes at the upper-undergraduate or graduate level, and each takes 15-30 minutes of class time.

The five mini-case studies, which were created by Gies College of Business Assistant Professor Fei Du, focus on the following areas:

Control Tools
1. Holding people accountable for results - "results control"
2. Identifying, selecting, hiring, promoting the right employees - "personnel control"
3. Promoting the right type of cultures and norms - "cultural control"

Data Analytics Skills
1. Operationalizing a big control issue and disaggregating it to a set of specific data questions
2. Properly asking managers or employees to answer these specific questions
3. Designing a data structure to collect archival records to answer these questions
4. Critically evaluating the meaning of the data pattern
5. Clearly communicating your results to decision makers in the organization

We have also included an Instructor's Guide to provide more detailed information about the content and objectives for the mini-case studies.

Please complete the brief registration form to access the case studies. Access will be emailed to you soon after you complete the registration form. If you have additional questions or would like to provide feedback, email us.