Case Study Research: Principles and Practices

Case Study Research: Principles and Practices aims to provide a general understanding of the case study method as well as specific tools for its successful implementation. These tools can be utilized in all fields where the case study method is prominent, including business, anthropology, communications, economics, education, medicine, political science, social work, and sociology. Topics include the definition of a \'case study,\' the strengths and weaknesses of this distinctive method, strategies for choosing cases, an experimental template for understanding research design, and the role of singular observations in case study research. It is argued that a diversity of approaches - experimental, observational, qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic - may be successfully integrated into case study research. This book breaks down traditional boundaries between qualitative and quantitative, experimental and nonexperimental, positivist and interpretivist.

• Only book of its kind to break down traditional boundaries between qualitative and quantitative, experimental and nonexperimental • Writing is clear and direct with lots of examples • Excellent teaching tool for students in all fields where case study method is prominent: business, anthropology, economics, education, medicine etc.

Contents

1. The conundrum of the case study; Part I. Thinking about Case Studies: 2. What is a case study?: the problem of definition; 3. What is a case study good for?: case study versus Large-N cross-case analysis; Part II. Doing Case Studies: 4. Preliminaries; 5. Techniques for choosing cases; 6. Internal validity: an experimental template; 7. Internal validity: singular observations; Epilogue: single-outcome studies.