Applications of Case Study Research / Edition 2

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Overview

This volume provides extensive applications of actual case-study research, as well as discussions of how case-study research can be applied to broad areas of inquiry. Each of the applications is designed to help readers identify solutions to problems encountered when doing case study research.

The book is organized in three parts. Part I shows how to integrate theoretical concerns into exploratory case studies, descriptive case studies or causal case studies, and shows how theory can shape the case-selection process. Part II provides examples from education and management information systems, covering important steps in case study research, such as how to select the units of analysis, how to define the data collections needs and how to establish rival hypotheses. Finally, Part III examines the use of case studies as an evaluative tool, including distinctions among different qualitative research strategies and evaluating highly complex interventions.

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Henderson
This text brings the theory of case study research to life by presenting real-life illustrations of research techniques in practice. Professionals and advanced students can learn a lot by modeling their own research strategies on these examples.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761925507
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/4/2002
  • Series: Applied Social Research Methods , #0
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Yin is President of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for federal agencies, state and local agencies, and private foundations, and most of this book’s applications come from these projects.

Outside of COSMOS, Dr. Yin has assisted numerous other research groups, helping to train their field teams or to design research studies. A recent engagement has been with the United Nations Development Programme, and another assignment has been to provide guidance to assist doctoral students at the University of Copenhagen. Currently, Dr. Yin holds the position of distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University’s School of International Service (Washington, DC). Earlier, he served as Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s research methodology division.

Dr. Yin has authored nearly 100 journal articles and books. His first book on the case study method, Case Study Research: Design and Methods (2014) is in its fifth edition. He has edited two case study anthologies (Yin, 2004; and 2005) and has most recently authored a new text on qualitative research methods (Yin, 2011). Dr. Yin received his B.A. in history from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from M.I.T.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Theory 1
1 The Role of Theory in Doing Case Studies 3
Pt. II Descriptive Case Studies 29
2 A Case Study of a Neighborhood Organization 31
3 Computer Implementation in a Local School System 53
Pt. III Explanatory Case Studies 67
4 A Nutshell Example: The Effect of a Federal Award on a University Computer Science Department 69
5 Essential Ingredients of Explanatory Case Studies: Three Drug Prevention Examples 72
6 Transforming a Business Firm Through Strategic Planning 82
7 Sheriff's Combined Auto Theft Task Force 97
Pt. IV Cross-Case Analyses 107
8 Technical Assistance for HIV/AIDS Community Planning 109
9 Proposal Processing by Public and Private Universities 134
10 Case Studies of Transformed Firms 144
References 165
Index 167
About the Author 173
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