data driven decision making
In this task, you will identify a real-world business situation and use real data to perform a data analysis leading to an actionable recommendation. You are encouraged to select an issue in your workplace or program specialty area (e.g., IT management, HC management, or MBA). Publicly available data is also an option (see Course Tips).
Note: Work performed for a client or an employer is their property and should not be used without written permission. Fictionalize identifiable organizational information (i.e., make up information regarding the identity of the organization, but do not make up the data). Obtain written permission to use any information that would be considered confidential, proprietary, or personal in nature. To obtain an organization’s permission to use proprietary information, complete and submit the attached “Organization Verification Form.”
This business situation and data will be used to complete task 2. Do not work on task 2 until you have successfully passed task 1, indicating that the business situation and data analysis plan have been approved.
Use the “Determining the Appropriate Analytical Technique” presentation in the Attachment section below and/or speak with a course instructor to help you identify the appropriate analysis technique to analyze data for these tasks.
Approved data analysis techniques include the following:
Recommended Analysis Techniques:
• regression (linear regression, multiple regression, or logistic regression)
• time series or trend analysis
Note: you need to specify the specific type(s) of time-series analysis you plan to use or consider in Task 2 – i.e., regression, exponential smoothing, moving average, seasonality using multiple regression
• t-test (one sample, two independent samples, or paired)
• crossover analysis
• break-even analysis
Additional Approved Analysis Techniques:
• statistical process control
• linear programming
• decision tree
Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. The originality report that is provided when you submit your task can be used as a guide.
You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
Tasks may not be submitted as cloud links, such as links to Google Docs, Google Slides, OneDrive, etc., unless specified in the task requirements. All other submissions must be file types that are uploaded and submitted as attachments (e.g., .docx, .pdf, .ppt).
Use the attached “Task 1 Template” to complete the following prompts:
A. Describe a real-world business situation that could be addressed by collecting and analyzing a set of data.