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Case Study Research

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 book is an excellent source for graduate students and researchers in various disciplines immersed in an old positivistic paradigm or a new evidence-based scientific movement. It offers precise advice regarding case study design, steps to be followed in conducting it, and a secure epistemological-methodological space in which appropriate strategies lead to solutions/answers' -
Maja Miskovic
The Qualitative Report

The book discusses relevant issues that students need to know about Case Study research in a concise and understandable language

Mr Salim Awudu
School of Government & Public Policy, Strathclyde University
July 9, 2019

Swanborn’s Case Study Research: What, Why and How? provides an exploration of case study research methods. This edition provides a number of practical examples underpinning the different stages of the research process.

Ms Jacqueline Harley
Dept of Health & Social Care, Chester University
August 6, 2016

Peter Swanborn's text on Case Study is a very informative and useful for students wanting to use this type of method.

Miss Sandra Lyndon
Childhood and Youth, University of Chichester
November 16, 2015

Great book for more advanced students, such as those at the graduate level. For undergrads I think Yin would be a better choice.

Mr Lukas Kane Skulmoski
Vocational Education , Okanagan College-Kelowna
August 31, 2016

This book gives a clear description of adopting a case study approach for research. This would be ideal for a student in their final year wishing to propose research by implementing a case study approach. Easy to read and digest. A good book.

Mrs Dana Marie Colbourne
Midwifery & Child, Bournemouth University
April 29, 2016

This really helps to supplement some of the more dominating texts on case study research. Very accessible helped with positioning methodologies more clearly.

Mrs Tracy Jane Wallis
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
November 16, 2015

A comprehensive overview of the literature and practicalities of Case Study Research. Easily accessible format with clear guidelines and advice for students embarking on case studies.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
June 8, 2015

Great book - does what it says!

Mrs Jo Conlon
Design, Huddersfield University
April 29, 2015

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

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