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Case Study Research and Applications
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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.
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
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
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index

Supplements

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.

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
July 16, 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 25, 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
March 5, 2019

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
December 17, 2018

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
January 25, 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
January 24, 2018

Selected this text for our newly verified Dissertation Module and it has proved very useful with positive feedback from students

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
January 17, 2018

Comprehensive and well -written. The strongest introduction to case study research.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
January 16, 2018

We have used the early editions and are happy with this update. This is a great easy to digest resource for introducing postgraduate students to using and developing case studies in research.

Dr Matthew Watkins
Product Design, Nottingham Trent University
January 16, 2018

A useful step by step guide to Case Study methodology. Accessible format with excellent illustrative examples and supportive discussion points. Highly approriate for Masters Level Study within Education.

Mrs Amanda Brougham
Faculty of Education Perry Barr, Birmingham City University
January 16, 2018