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Case Study Research
What, Why and How?

June 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How should case studies be selected? Is case study methodology fundamentally different to that of other methods? What, in fact, is a case?

Case Study Research: What, Why and How? is an authoritative and nuanced exploration of the many faces of case-based research methods. As well as the what, how and why, the author also examines the when and which - always with an eye on practical applications to the design, collection, analysis and presentation of the research.

Case study methodology can prove a confusing and fragmented topic. In bringing diverse notions of case study research together in one volume and sensitising the reader to the many varying definitions and perceptions of 'case study', this book equips researchers at all levels with the knowledge to make an informed choice of research strategy.

What Is a Case Study?
When to Conduct a Case Study?
How to Select Cases?
What Data to Collect?
How to Enrich Your Case Study Data?
How to Analyze Your Data?
Assets and Opportunities

This is a very good general introduction to the case study methodology. It does a good job of covering all the relevant pros and cons of case studies, and is reasonable in its discussion of the method's limitations. The book lacks specificity to my field (business studies), and that is the only reason why I would not make it mandatory reading. The author manages to say an awful lot in few words, which makes a refreshing change. For researchers wishing to understand the method, it is a worthy text. There was one problem: the writer does not discuss the philosophical status of the case study method. Grounded theory is mentioned, but alternatives are not.

Mr Kenneth Wilkinson
Dept of Marketing, Ops & Digital Busin, Manchester Metropolitan University
January 5, 2015

The book does not locate case study research within a particular onotological position - it is therefore more suitable for undergraduates and those studying within a positivistic/empirical tradition. Our course includes a grounded theory approach, in which case studies are more than just a less valid type of statistical analysis. This book has therefore not been adopted.

Mrs Udeni Salmon
Salford Business School, Salford University
November 28, 2014

Very good book, very help, makes a clear explanation of the ins and outs of casestudy research.

Dr Christine Teelken
Organisation Sciences, Free University, Amsterdam
March 28, 2014

A useful text in places and well structured.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
March 6, 2014

Useful, it will be between this book and the Yin book for next year. This one is better but also a bit dated.

Sandrino Smeets
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen
November 29, 2013

A very useful text for those who do case studies.

Mr John Anderson
Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
October 15, 2013

A useful supplemental book for those students considering research methodologies. The text is easily understood and helpful for students at post graduate level.

Mrs Jane Wright
Primary care, Bucks New University
April 14, 2013

This is helpful, readable guide that introduces and develops key elements of case study process and design. The examples allow readers to see how theory can be translated into a range of real life contexts. The seven chapters attempt to systematically unravel some of the complexities of this intersting methodology.

Mrs Sally Goldspink
Allied Health & Medicine, Anglia Ruskin University
February 28, 2013

Case study research what, why and how examines the ways in which qualitative and quantitative research methods can be used within case study research. The book contains seven chapters which locate case study research methodology within a broad methodological framework. The text provides a useful bibliography which can be used as a guide to the key publications written about case study research. This book is informative for students and researchers from different fields of research as it covers issues relating to the theory and the ongoing science debate about case study research, in terms of the problem of generalisation and application of theory to case study research. It illustrates how to analyse the data collected from case studies and the author presents the concept of ‘degrees of freedom’ which relates to useful techniques which can be employed to increase the reliability of the data gathered and analysed from case studies. The book contains end of chapter exercises and provides useful lists of key terms. The reading level of this book is suitable for postgraduate students and researchers. Case study research what, why is essential reading for students and researchers seeking to understand the theoretical background to case studies and the research methods that can be employed within them.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
February 3, 2013

Recommend reading for those adopting the Case Study approach to their research.

Mrs Jayne Daly
Faculty of Buisness Law and Education, Staffordshire University
December 10, 2012

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