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Case study research: foundations and methodological orientations

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posted on 15.01.2021, 04:08 by H Harrison, M Birks, R Franklin, Jane Mills
© 2017, Inst. fur Klinische Psychologie und Gemeindepsychologie. All rights reserved. Over the last forty years, case study research has undergone substantial methodological development. This evolution has resulted in a pragmatic, flexible research approach, capable of providing comprehensive in-depth understanding of a diverse range of issues across a number of disciplines. Change and progress have stemmed from parallel influences of historical transformations in approaches to research and individual researcher’s preferences, perspectives, and interpretations of this design. Researchers who have contributed to the development of case study research come from diverse disciplines with different philosophical perspectives, resulting in a variety of definitions and approaches. For the researcher new to using case study, such variety can create a confusing platform for its application. In this article, we explore the evolution of case study research, discuss methodological variations, and summarize key elements with the aim of providing guidance on the available options for researchers wanting to use case study in their work.

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Publication Date

01/01/2017

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Forum: Qualitative Social Research

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18

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1

Article Number

19

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17p.

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Freie Universitaet Berlin

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1438-5627

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