Case Study Research

Case Study Research : Design and Methods

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With over 90,000 copies sold of the previous editions the new Third Edition of the best-selling Case Study Research has been carefully revised, updated, and expanded while retaining virtually all of the features and coverage of the second edition. Robert Yin's comprehensive presentation covers all aspects of the case study method - from problem definition, design, and data collection, to data analysis and composition and reporting. Yin also traces the uses and importance of case studies to a wide range of disciplines, from sociology, psychology and history to management, planning, social work, and education.

New to the Third Edition are: additional examples of case study research; discussions of developments in related methods, including randomized field trials and computer-assisted coding techniques; added coverage of the strengths of multiple-case studies, case study screening, and the case study as a part of larger multi-method studies, and five major analytic techniques, including the use of logic models to guide analysis. This edition also includes references to examples of actual case studies in the companion volume Applications of Case Study Research, Second Edition (Sage, 2003).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 340.19g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 076192552X
  • 9780761925521

Table of contents

The Case Study as a Research Strategy
Comparing Case Studies with other Research Strategies in the Social Sciences
Different Kinds of Case Studies, But a Common Definition
Designing Case Studies
General Approach to Designing Case Studies
Criteria for Judging the Quality of Research Designs
Case Study Designs
Modest Advice in Selecting Case Study Designs
Conducting Case Studies: Preparing for Data Collection
The Case Study Investigator: Desired Skills
Training and Preparation for a Specific Case Study
The Case Study Protocol
The Pilot Case Study
Conducting Case Studies: Collecting the Evidence
Six Sources of Evidence
Three Principles of Data Collection
Analyzing Case Study Evidence
an Analytic Strategy: More than Familiarity with Analytic Tools
Specific Analytic Techniques
Pressing for a High-Quality Analysis
Reporting Case Studies
Targeting Case Study Reports
Case Study Reports as Part of Larger, Multi-Method Studies
Illustrative Structures for Case Study Compositions
Procedures in Doing a Case Study Report
What Makes an Exemplary Case Study
About the Author
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About Robert K. Yin

Robert K. Yin, Ph.D., serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm that has been in operation since 1980. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for government agencies, private foundations, and other entrepreneurial and non-profit organizations. At COSMOS, Dr. Yin actively leads various research projects, including those in which the case study method is used. He has authored numerous books and peer-reviewed articles, including Case Study Research and Applications of Case Study Research. In 1998 he founded the "Robert K. Yin Fund" at M.I.T., which supports seminars on brain sciences, as well as other activities related to the advancement of predoctoral students in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
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