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Case Study Research and Applications

Case Study Research and Applications
Design and Methods

Sixth Edition

January 2018 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Sixth Edition of Robert K. Yin's bestseller provides a complete portal to the world of case study research. Offering comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method in addition to an integration of applications, the book gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields. The integration of applications will enable users to see more directly how concrete case studies can implement the principles of case study research methods.
About the Author
Chapter 1. Getting Started: How to Know Whether and When to Use the Case Study as a Research Method
Being Ready for the Challenge, and Setting High Expectations

Comparing Case Studies With Other Social Science Research Methods

Variations in Case Studies, but a Common Definition

Addressing Traditional Concerns About Case Study Research


Notes to Chapter 1

Chapter 2. Designing Case Studies: Identifying Your Case(s) and Establishing the Logic of Your Case Study
General Approach to Designing Case Studies

The Role of Theory in Research Designs

Criteria for Judging the Quality of Research Designs

Case Study Research Designs

Modest Advice in Selecting Case Study Designs

Notes to Chapter 2

Application #1: An Exploratory Case Study: How New Organizational Practices Become Routinized

Application #2: Defining the “Case” in a Case Study: Linking Job Training and Economic Development Initiatives at the Local Level

Application #3: How “Discovery” Can Occur in the Field: Social Stratification in a Midsized Community

Chapter 3. Preparing to Collect Case Study Evidence: What You Need to Do Before Starting to Collect Case Study Data
The Case Study Researcher: Desired Skills and Values

Preparation and Training for a Specific Case Study

The Case Study Protocol

Screening the Candidate Cases for Your Case Study

The Pilot Case Study


Notes to Chapter 3

Chapter 4. Collecting Case Study Evidence: The Principles You Should Follow in Working With Six Sources of Evidence
Six Sources of Evidence

Four Principles of Data Collection


Notes to Chapter 4

Application #4: Doing Interviews in the Field: Citizens on Patrol

Application #5: Making Field Observations: First Day in an Urban Neighborhood

Application #6: Assembling a Question-and-Answer Database: A Case Study of a Community Organization

Chapter 5. Analyzing Case Study Evidence: How to Start Your Analysis, Your Analytic Choices, and How They Work
An Analytic Strategy: More Than Relying on Analytic Tools

Five Analytic Techniques

Pressing for a High-Quality Analysis


Notes to Chapter 5

Application #7: Using a Case Study to Compare Directly Competing Rival Hypotheses: Whether Military Base Closures Produce Catastrophic Economic Impacts or Not

Application #8: A Nutshell Example of an Explanatory Case Study: How a Federal Award Affected a University Computer Department

Application #9: An Explanatory Case Study: Transforming a Business Firm Through Strategic Planning

Chapter 6. Reporting Case Studies: How and What to Compose
Audiences for Case Study Research

Varieties of Case Study Compositions

Procedures in Composing a Case Study

What Makes an Exemplary Case Study?

Notes to Chapter 6

Application #10: A Multiple-Case Study Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Data: Proposal Processing at 17 Universities

Appendix A. A Note on the Uses of Case Study Research in Psychology
Appendix B. A Note on the Uses of Case Study Research in Evaluations
Application #11: An Evaluation Case Study: Evaluation of a Community Coalition’s Campaign

Brief Glossary of Terms Directly Related to Case Study Research
Author Index
Subject Index


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • An expanded glossary provided by the author in the form of downloadable Briefs.
  • Additional tutorials written by the author which correspond to Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.
  • A selection of author Robert Yin's SAGE journal articles.
  • Tables and figures from the book available for download.
Student Resource Site
The open-access Student Study Site includes a selection of author Robert Yin's SAGE journal articles.

Very reader friendly-easy to read using simple language.
Chapters 2 and 3 very useful.

Mrs Olajumoke Fawole
Health, Med Sci & Soc Care (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
December 9, 2019

Yin has developed the science and philosophy of Case Study research to a fairly high level over the years - 20 years ago case studies were not considered rigorous, perticularly for doctoral candidates, but he has changed that - this is the required text for case studies.

David Vacchi
School Of Education, Liberty University
March 19, 2021

The book is an accessible read to evaluate the use of Case Study as a research method.
It is well laid out and written in an accessible format.
I would recommend to my students in their Year 2 of teacher training to use this if using Case Study as an approach.

Mrs Nicola Sowe
NBS Consultancy and Training, NBS Consultancy and Training (Teaching and Learning)
November 28, 2019

It is a must-read for graduate students and researchers aiming to specialize in qualitative methods

Dr Ilkay Taş Gürsoy
Reha Midilli Tourism Faculty, Dokuz Eylul Universitesi
November 20, 2019

Yin has long been at the forefront of Case study research and this latest edition takes it one step further, ideal for those with a background in case study that want to fine tune their skills/knowledge and the application examples evidence the full breath of this increasingly popular approach.

Mr Neil Barnes
Department of Education, Colchester Institute
October 4, 2019

In my personal opinion, the textbook of Yin is one of the best textbook for qualitative methods. It is straight forward book, easy to follow and useful for PG (MSc, MBA & PhD) students.

Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli
Brunel Business School, Brunel University
March 26, 2019

This was the PERFECT text for my group of qualitative and action research students who were looking for a guide to be able to integrate case study research techniques and practices into their dissertation proposals. VERY helpful and easy to understand.

Doug Stevens
College of Ed & Human Dev, University Of Louisville
July 24, 2020

A comprehensive exploration of the issues and nuances of case study research, updated to consider applications in practice. Suited to a range of fields of study.

Dr Louise Campbell
School of Education & Social Work, Dundee University
January 16, 2019

This book cleverly unpicks the complexities around a case study research design using an easy to read approach, without loss of credibility. It argues each point clearly and supports with good references to other sources with a wide range of illustrative examples. An ideal read post graduate students deciding on the most appropriate research approach to take for their research questions. An ideal read for every tutor teaching undergraduates or postgraduates about different research methods and methodologies. It's a complex area to grasp, yet this book provides a clear journey along that road of understanding.

Mrs Sally Howard
Department of Education, Oxford Brookes University
March 12, 2018

I have suggested this book to my DET/PGCE trainees for further or additional reading to help with module 4 of the course, which focuses on reflective practice. Although it is not a core text, there are certainly ideas here that can help to support the process they need to go through when completing their own write up of their supported experiment.

Mr Peter Lyon
School of Teacher Education & Development (Canterbury), Canterbury Christ Church University
February 15, 2018

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