Part of SAGE’s Mastering Business Research Methods series, conceived and edited by Bill Lee, Mark N. K. Saunders and Vadake K. Narayanan, the series is designed to support business and management students with their research-based dissertations by providing in-depth and practical guidance on using a chosen method of data collection or analysis. The books are written in a concise and accessible way, and contain a range of features, including checklists and a glossary, designed to support self-guided research. In Case Study Research, Bill Lee and Mark N.K. Saunders describe the properties of case study designs in organizational research, exploring the uses, advantages and limitations of case research. They also demonstrate the flexibility that case designs offer, and challenges the myths surrounding this approach. Ideal for Business and Management students reading for a Master’s degree, each book in the series may also serve as reference books for doctoral students and faculty members interested in the method.

Introduction to Case Studies

Introduction

The purpose of this book is to provide a guide to students who decide to incorporate one or more case studies into the data collection processes that they conduct in preparation of a Masters-level dissertation. We will elaborate on what case studies are below, but a provisional definition is that a case study entails a decision to study an instance, institution or phenomenon primarily as interesting per se, rather than as a representative of a broader population. This initial decision will subsequently involve the researcher in fieldwork, collecting evidence about the phenomenon from a range of sources to seek to develop a multidimensional understanding of the case.

Masters-level students are our primary audience but this book may also provide a primer ...

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