Case Study Research and Applications

Case Study Research and Applications : Design and Methods

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Recognized as one of the most cited methodology books in the social sciences, the Sixth Edition of Robert K. Yin's bestselling text provides a complete portal to the world of case study research. With the integration of 11 applications in this edition, the book gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields. Ultimately, Case Study Research and Applications will guide students in the successful design and use of the case study research method.

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Includes 11 in-depth applications that show how researchers have implemented case study methods successfully. Increases reference to relativist and constructivist approaches to case study research, as well as how case studies can be part of mixed methods projects. Places greater emphasis on using plausible rival explanations to bolster case study quality. Discusses synthesizing findings across case studies in a multiple-case study in more detail Adds an expanded list of 15 fields that have text or texts devoted to case study research. Sharpens discussion of distinguishing research from non-research case studies. The author brings to light at least three remaining gaps to be filled in the future: how rival explanations can become more routinely integrated into all case study research; the difference between case-based and variable-based approaches to designing and analyzing case studies; and the relationship between case study research and qualitative research.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 12.7mm | 537g
  • SAGE Publications (USA)
  • Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 1506336167
  • 9781506336169
  • 12,588

Table of contents

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
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
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
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
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
Author Index
Subject Index
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Review quote

"Yin is much more in-depth on case study methods both within a general qualitative text and any other case study text I have seen."

--David M. Sprick, PhD
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